Debra McDonald

February 27, 1954 - January 17, 2021
Debra McDonald


Debra Lynn McDonald passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born on February 27, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of Alice Mae Lewis Claps and the late Rocco Claps.

She is survived by her husband Kevin McDonald; daughters Melissa Mickey and Jamie Bilek; Grandchildren Hailey Mickey, Spencer Mickey and Olivia Bilek.

Debbie worked as a legal secretary for 20 years, working 8 years for IBM. She was never to busy to volunteer to help people. When living in Lindenhurst, NY she was involved in feeding the homeless for over 5 years which carried through when moving to North Carolina. Her latest time was spent volunteering to raise money for many different projects. The last project was a memorial bench that was dedicated just 1 month before she passed.

Travel was a true passion of Debbie’s from the casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, Las Vegas, NV to the beautiful islands of St. Marten and Aruba. She loved to be around friends and entertain and throw a good party! She will forever be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation in Debbie’s name to Neighbor to Neighbor P.O. Box 3030 Myrtle Beach S.C. www.riden2n.org. This is an organization that helps the needy.

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  • January 27, 2021
    Margaret Siebel, (Peggy) says:
    Kevin and Girls, I am sorry for your loss, I know Debbie will be missed by so many. I will have a Mass said for Debbie, she will always be looking after you from above. Peggy Siebel

  • March 04, 2021
    Melissa Nichols says:
    Kevin, My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of Debra. She had a zest for life and her smile would attract everyone to become her friend. I loved the time that I was around you both. Your love for each other showed in everything you did. It was beautiful to see. I hope that you cherish every memory that you made together and that it will help you get through even the toughest days. I am a better person because of you both. Sending lots of love and prayers for comfort and healing. Sincerely, Melissa

  • January 28, 2021
    Regina Danielson says:
    Dear Kevin, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your were a great couple. Although we go back years , (7th grade) I still carry a few memories but the best one was you and Debbie trekking through our overcrowded hallways in Berner H.S. with your arms around each other going to our next classes. then at one of our reunions you both were happy about moving down to N. Carolina. Debbie was just a lovely person. May her soul rest in peace, But please believe in God -Lord - you will see each other again . All my condolences and prayers for Debbie , you and your daughters.

  • January 28, 2021
    Jen says:
    Aunt Debbie, My heart is broken Tears drop Sadness Doesn’t stop I wait for your calls I look at our e-mails Your Christmas card Finally came At your handwriting I stare We’ve not always seen Eye to eye But I always knew You were by my side Breathe, Jen You’d say When I got in a tizzy From life’s day-to-day Rocco, too, knew your love Home, guidance, And kindness Your voice I hear from time to time Memories constantly remind Like when you said I was too old After the doctor told me a baby I would not hold The plans we had will not be You’ve gone too soon, So suddenly And whilst I grieve I think of what you’d say To brighten up my day Somehow, you always knew the way May your soul rest in peace In heaven above United with grandpa (your dad) In the eternity of hope and love Love, Jen (& Roc)

  • January 28, 2021
    Janice says:
    Dear Kevin, I want to thank you for sharing Debbie’s time with me. We talked for hours on the phone. The trips we took to AC on the spur of the moment leaving you home to watch the girls. I learned a lot from Debbie. She was my biggest cheerleader. We were more than friends we were like sisters. We shared our ups and downs . We laughed and we cried but most of all we were always there for each other. The miles never separated us and neither will her death. She is with me in my heart. Rest In Peace my friend.