Deborah T. Willing

May 2, 1952February 7, 2021

A Celebration of Life for Deborah T. Willing will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Ashland United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC. The services will be livestreamed at

Debbie or "Ashleigh", as she was known to friends, was born in Greenville, SC to the late William H. Turner and Vivian Moss Turner. She graduated from Wade Hampton High School and earned education degrees from the University of South Carolina - Columbia and Lander University. She was a teacher in Greenwood, SC and Columbia, SC, and also was an administrator with Jim Nyland Dentistry in Columbia, SC for a number of years.

She was very artistic, and her many drawings and paintings are cherished by her loved ones. She brought great comfort, joy and beauty to her family and all her many friends around the world through her loving spirit. She will be missed greatly by all including her pets, "Bambi", "Momo", "Freddie Mercury" and "Jessie".

Surviving are her beloved daughter, Holly Willing; her brother, William Matthew Turner (Lucy); nephew, Will Turner and nieces, Katie and Amelia Turner; sister-in-law, Lynda Richards and nephews, Travis, Tyler and Andrew Dudley; aunt, Barbara Dean; numerous cousins and her loving companion, Alan Lewis.

She was predeceased by her husband, Barry Willing and her parents.

Memorials may be made to Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, PO Box 4335, Irmo, SC 29063 or online at



  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, March 1, 2021



  • Visitation following the service


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Anne Powers

March 1, 2021

So sorry to hear of Debbie's pasting. Recently, we connected on Facebook and I loved her uplifting, thoughtful, beautiful heart which you could feel through our communication. My thoughts and prayers are with Matthew, Lucy, Holly and family.

Pam Brown

February 28, 2021

Connie de la Rie

February 28, 2021

Dear Ashleigh,

Thank you for the many moments we shared with each other about art, animals, life.
You had always something nice to say and sometimes it was if you were climbing into a sketch, wonderful!
We will miss you and you will stay forever in my ♥️ heart.
I wish you a good trip into the stars surrounded with beautiful colors.
My condolences for your family and friends, special Holly, Alan and hugs for your animals.
Bye dear Ashleigh, from Connie (France) 🌷🕯🌷

Michelle Mead

February 24, 2021

Although I only knew her online for the past few months in our Art Challenge groups, I feel blessed to have met her and know her for the time that I did. She did beautiful artwork, and was incredibly generous in her time and comments on the work of her artist friends on the page. What a beautiful soul, and how lucky are we that she touched our lives, no matter how long or how short, we were the lucky, honored ones. God bless you in this time, and I will keep you all in my prayers. Blessings and Love, Michelle M. Mead

Laurelei Baker

February 12, 2021

Thanks to the powers that be that people like Ashleigh existed. She was a kind person who went out of her way to be supportive to her friends. I wish I had gotten to spend time with her in person- but this does not make the void left behind with her passing any smaller. I pray she is at peace, and I pray for her family to find solace... "As is a tale, so is a life: Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters."