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Graveside Service

State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain
Wednesday April 13th, 2022
10:00am - 10:30am

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Deborah Ann Nelms

Deborah Ann Nelms (Dozier), age 61 of Sylva NC, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2022, after a year and a half battle with COPD.

She was an extraordinary chef and loved to cook for others. She loved art. She was passionate and active with Down Home. Deborah was uncommonly intuitive and very compassionate. She was a true and dear friend.

Deborah is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, Paul Nelms; stepdaughter, Dessie Phillips (Steve); grandchildren, John, Jordan, Haley, and Mikenna.

She is also survived by her adoring dog, Ben; her cat, Kit Cat; and a group of women and men who loved her dearly.

There will be a private ceremony for family.

Donations can be made in Deborah’s memory to:

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), 2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598


Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731

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A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Nelms

Tammy Brown Apr 10 2022 3:29 PM

I am blessed to have known you and I am so grateful you are out of pain and are free. Love always.

Julia Langley Apr 9 2022 8:28 PM

Peace and deep blessings to you, Deb, and your family. May you all be surrounded by love.

Mary F Apr 9 2022 4:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Nelms

Mary F Apr 9 2022 4:27 PM

Debbie May you Rest In Peace. Your pain free and with your God

Nancy Brown Apr 9 2022 4:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Nelms

Faith Bell Apr 9 2022 4:08 PM

You will be greatly missed my friend. I check on Paul and Ben for you

Chris Apr 9 2022 4:05 PM

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Chris Taber Apr 9 2022 4:03 PM

Such precious memories... so grateful you are now at peace and breathing freely!!

Michelle K Cooper Apr 9 2022 3:37 PM

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Michelle K Cooper Apr 9 2022 3:36 PM