Debra Lynn Dickson, born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 3rd, 1955 but had lived in Bel Air, Maryland for the past three decades, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020, peacefully at her Bel Air home surrounded by her loving family. She was 65. She attended high school at Northern Baltimore High. She worked at Johns Hopkins University for 40 years. Debbie is survived by her husband Dr. David Dickson, daughters Robyn Goodman and Eryn Streett, sister Cherie Fifer-Hann, and grandchildren Arlynn, Jonas, Caleb, and Sawyer Goodman, and Step-sons Gregory, Matthew and Joshua Dickson and grandson Philip Dickson. Her brother Roland Fifer and Sandra Gilland predeceased her.
Debbie loved gardening and enjoyed her time designing plantings to create a bird friendly yard. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds especially the Carolina Wrens (her favorite) and beautiful Cardinals. Debbie treasured her family and spent many hours at school and sporting events for her daughters, step-sons and then later her grandchildren. She fought a self-control battle not to spoil them too much. Trips to Disney World and the Dutch Wonderland with her family were especially cherished. Debbie also enjoyed summer jaunts to the beaches of the Outer Banks, Ocracoke, Ocean City, and the rugged coast of Maine. Flea markets and local auctions were greatly enjoyed with family and friends. Debbie appreciated a good cup of tea and to that end participated in a ladies cup social made up of her daughters and friends. She also had an outstanding tea cup and tea pot collection which she proudly displayed in her home. A quiet but loving, generous woman and friend with a wonderful smile and laugh, Debbie will be missed by many.
A celebration of life memorial will be planned in the near future.
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