Debra Rouse Fowler

July 14, 1960 - July 23, 2018
Debra Rouse Fowler

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Debra “Debby” Ann Rouse Fowler, 58, beloved wife of Thomas W. Fowler, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Gloucester, MA, July 14, 1960, a daughter of Donald Henry and Perry Ann Manning Rouse of Wilmington. She was a graduate of Miller-Motte College and had worked at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center as a nursing and medical assistant. She opened up her heart and home to many foster children over the years.

Besides her husband Tom and parents, Donald and Perry, she is survived by her daughters, Anna Johnson and her husband Peter of Hope Mills, Heather Sullivan of Greenville, and Jessica Helms of Wilmington; her brother, Danny Rouse and his wife Jan of Willow Spring; 6 grandchildren, a soon to be born great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews, and her special family members, Jerry Taylor, Cathy Morris, and Alice Wrench.

Her family will receive relatives and friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Park with Rev. John Chase of the Ocean Isle Beach Assembly of God officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in Debby’s memory be made to the Wilmington Special Olympics at

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  • July 25, 2018
    Tara McCrary says:
    So sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. You are All in our thoughts and prayers..

  • July 24, 2018
    Sandra Stinson says:
    Heather, we are so sorry for the loss of your mom. We are praying for you! love you, Sandra and Billy

  • July 25, 2018
    Jackie Pettit says:
    Debby was a childhood friend who always had a heart for others! I know you w she will be missed greatly! Praying for peace that passes all understanding. Love to your dear family!

  • July 25, 2018
    JOHN LAWSON says:
    Debby will be missed...I pray for the Comfort and Peace that only God can Give. Thinking about and praying for the family. God Bless you all. We will all see her again up in Glory...

  • July 24, 2018
    Renee Parish says:
    Debbie, a special lady, with a big heart. I’m blessed to have known her and had her in mine and Megan’s life. Sharing our struggles and triumphs of our girls throughout their lives was truly a blessing..She truly will be missed...thank you Debbie for sharing your love and smile. Rest in Gods peace. Prayers for your and hugs Jessica.