Deborah Ruth Marie Dawson

February 18, 1954June 7, 2019

Deborah Ruth Marie Dawson, affectionately known as Debby, died on June 7, 2019. The former Baltimore City resident was 65.

The daughter of the late Warren and Edith Dawson was born in Baltimore City on February 18, 1954 and raised in the city’s Hampden neighborhood on Chestnut Avenue. A brother, Robert, preceded her in death.

She was a 1971 graduate of St. Michael’s School for Girls. Following high school, she attended Strayer's Business College and received a degree in administrative studies. Her admiration for William Donald Schaefer, 44th mayor of the City of Baltimore, led her to work for his administration in the Bureau of Budget and Management Research. She also worked in the City of Baltimore’s Office of Employment Development, Office of Communications and Fiscal Unit. She retired as a highly-regarded administrator and supervisor from the City of Baltimore after 20 years of service.

Debby loved to work and be around people. This led her back to her career after retiring. She held positions in administration at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens and the Baltimore Museum of Industry before finally closing that chapter of her life as an administrative executive at Good Samaritan Hospital in 2010.

Working for the Schaefer Administration changed her life in a million ways, not only did she get to witness the infamous facelift of her beloved city, which included the re-building of the Inner Harbor, but she meant the love of her life, Cornelius B. Batten, affectionately known as Bobby. Bobby and Debby’s love for one another spanned over 35 years.

She was a devout Catholic who lovingly cared, thought about and prayed for family and friends. One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with those she loved. She also enjoyed making people laugh; talking on the phone; buying goodies from the Home Shopping Network; and, birdwatching.

Debby leaves to cherish her loving memory: her partner for more than 35 years, Cornelius B. Batten; and her surrogate son, James Shamos Fisher. Both are residents of Baltimore City.

A private, invitation-only memorial will be held today at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home.


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Yvonne Shealy

June 12, 2019

I am heartbroken to learn Debby passed away. In part because recently while going through family photos I came across pics of Debby and promised myself I was going to reach out to her. I first met her 50 years ago when I was a young girl. She accepted me in to our extended family whole heartedly. As I grew into an adult we remained close. When I married and had children she showed them the same love and kindness she had always shown me. Even though time and distance separated us when I moved to SC she was there for me when my Mother passed away 7 years ago. Sadly, that was the last time I saw Debby. She was the sweetest, most selfless person I've ever know. She loved her family and friends deeply. She told me about Bobby and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, she told me how much she loved him and, his children. She was devoted to Shamus, the son she never had. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I know she will be sorely missed. As for me, I will never forget her. To know her was to love her....I always will. Deb, You are with your Mom and Dad now, Grand-mom Fisher, my Mom and Bud, Stephanie... many others we loved. May you rest in peace now that you are reunited . If I may add one thing, a reminder if you will. None of us know how long we have. If you think of someone, if you miss someone. Don't wait to to tell them. I would give anything have told Debby one last time how much she meant to me.

Sherran Griffin

June 11, 2019

To God be the Glory. For he has ascended another one of his Angel's into his Heavens. Debbie Dawson R.I.P. You'll be missed but never forgotten.