In Memory

Debra Matthews (Stinson)

Debra Matthews (Stinson)

Deborah Stinson
September 30, 1947 - October 23, 2014   
Deborah Marlene Matthews Stinson was the third of four children born to the late Riley L. and Willa Mae Matthews. Their nurturing and loving guidance instilled in her a love of God. She was baptized at an early age at St. John AME Zion Church, later transferring her membership to Allen Temple AME Church where she worshiped and served faithfully until her passing. She especially dedicated her heart to the ExCel Club, the Ministry in Motion, Temple Blessings Food Pantry and The Sistahood. Deborah found great joy in serving others.

A product of the Cincinnati Public School System, Deborah received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Kentucky State University and earned her Masters in Education at Southern Illinois University. She obtained addi- tional educational certifications from The Ohio State University and Miami University. While attending Kentucky State University, she joined the illustrious Beta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Deborah began her teaching career in 1971 in the Princeton City Schools District. She dedicated more than 35 years to teaching reading and to the supervision of the yearbook committee and cheerleading until retiring in 2006.

Her interests included reading and tutoring. Among her favorite authors was Danielle Steel. Through her love for literature, she encouraged all children to read and many times could be found tutoring and reading to the neighborhood and beyond. Deborah’s love for the arts also extended to the theatre. She seasonally attended productions at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Aronoff Center and Music Hall.
Deborah leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Ty Alexander Stinson; one daughter, Talia Adell Stinson of Philadelphia, PA; one beloved granddaughter, Taiela Saja Stinson; three sisters, Jacqueline A. Goodwin (Jerome), Andrea Y. Johnson and Regina G. Matthews. She is also survived by four nieces, Tanya and Cheree Goodwin, Yvette Sylla (Silima) and Rilynne L. Johnson; a nephew, Rev. Peter E. Matthews (Pamela); as well as a host of many other relatives and friends.    

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01/02/15 05:00 PM #1    

April Dombar (Davidow)

I have very fond memories of Debra. We shared a locker in 7th and 8th grade and stayed friends throughout WOODWARD. So sorry to hear of her passing. Her sister was in my brother's class.

01/03/15 11:32 AM #2    

Nancy Hiudt (Enneking)

I, too, have wonderful memories of Debbie. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. I was so looking forward to seeing her at our reunion. I spoke with her a few years ago and it was so nice to catch up. We always called Debbie "Bubbles"....don't remember exactly guess because of her bubbly personality and beautiful smile! She will certainly be missed.....may she rest in peace!

01/03/15 11:38 AM #3    

Ann Greenberg (Bliss)

I'm so sorry to hear of Debra's passing.  I always enjoyed talking with her and spending time with her in school.  She had a wonderfuls spirit and a warm heart.  She left way too early

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