Deborah Anne Paul (nee Dowling) of Pinehurst, NC passed away peacefully on March 11, 2019 at the Hospice House, where she had been comforted and cared for by her family. 

Deborah was born September 3, 1949 in New York where she resided for the first 30 years of her life.  She spent her early years growing up on Long Island and graduated from Cornell University with a BA.  She began her professional career in marketing in NY and was eventually offered an opportunity in NC and she and her husband Richard, at the time a pilot with Pan Am Airways, relocated to Pinehurst in1989. 

She was a Vice President of Merchandising for Intek, a textile company based in Aberdeen, NC, for 15 years.  Thereafter, Deborah successfully worked in marketing and management in the real estate and medical fields. Although she loved Pinehurst, Deborah returned often to NY, particularly to the Westhampton Beach area on Long Island where her family gathered and where she could spend time at the ocean.  Through it all, she always considered “home” to be with her husband in Pinehurst.   She shared it lovingly with her family, who also came to know and appreciate the area through frequent visits.

Deborah was a devoted and loving wife to husband Richard, a loving sister to Jeannine and brother Bill, an adored aunt to nieces Kristin and Caitlin and nephew Michael, a beloved great aunt to nephews Michael IV and Sean Jr., and a trusted and devoted friend to many.

She was the daughter of the late Jeanne and William Dowling of Westhampton Beach, NY.  Deborah is survived by her husband of 37 years, Richard; sister Jeannine Dowling Twomey and her husband, Michael; brother William Dowling; nieces and nephew Kristin Twomey Hopkins, Caitlin Twomey Burtman and Michael Twomey; aunt and uncle, Thurston and Marla Millett; and her many cousins.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 22, 2019 from 3-5 PM at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst, NC. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in the name of Deborah Anne Paul may be made to the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC  28374

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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