Deborah Joann Scheel

January 20, 1952January 6, 2021
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Deborah Joann Scheel, age 68, of The Woodlands, Texas passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Deborah was born January 20, 1952 in Kansas City, MO.

She graduated from the University of Missouri and received a BA in Psychology. Deborah married Arthur Ronald Garrison on September 19, 1981.

Deborah had a career in law as a legal assistant for BMP and AZA Law Firms. She was an inducted member of the Belly Dance Hall of Fame, Co-owner of Sirrom school of Belly Dance, and current president of the Houston Area Belly Dance Association. She had a passion for Belly dancing and dedicated countless hours to teaching students the beauty and art of Middle Eastern Dance and culture. Deborah was a driving force in the artistic community on many levels.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, LaForrest G. Scheel and Amelia Pauline Massood, along with siblings Joe Scheel, Bonnie Joyce, Sharron Scheel, and Barbara Ackerman. Deborah is survived by husband Arthur Ronald Garrison, Sister Carol Van Dyke, God-Children Sarah Love, Meaghen Noack, Nieces and Nephews Tim Joyce, Shawn Scheel, Danny Copeland, Michele Scheel, Paris Reeves, Grant Reeves, Ashlee Barker, Leslie Joyce, and Jordan Crockett.

A private visitation will be held at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery.

A private graveside service is schedule on Friday at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery.

In Deborah's honor please consider donating to: 1) American Heart Association; 2) Houston Area Belly Dance Association, PO Box 6913, Houston, TX 77265. Checks can be sent to the address above or donations through PayPal at

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Scheel family.


  • American Heart Association
  • Houston Belly Dancing Association


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Sharon Murtha-Cramer

January 15, 2021

I knew Debbie at age of 12. We lived a block from each other. Her sister Sharon was big Sharpon, I was little Sharon. Knew her brother Joe some too. We went to High school together and graduated 1970. She was a dood hearted, kind girl then. We lost track , then found each other again about a year ago and was messaging on facebook. I was hoping to go to Texas and see her this summer,but can''t now. My heart is broken from the girl I knew to the woman she became. I'm so happy she had a long marriage and loved what she was doing. She will always be in my memories.

Dale Carlin

January 15, 2021

Rest in peace my dear coworker and friend. The old gang at BMP will miss your vibrance and that beautiful smile! I will miss when I asked you to do "that thing" and you would roll your tummy. I love you.
Your friend Dale

Jackie Z. Poling

January 14, 2021

Debbie truly made a difference in this world and most certainly my life and many others would have been very different had it not been for her. I first walked into her class at the Sirrom School in 1991. Debbie was a force, she WAS light.... changing so many lives for the better ... inspiring commitment to community, love of dance, creating sisterhoods ... and brotherhoods... extended families... She shared her life, her love, holiday dinners, laughter, knowledge, encouragement, enthusiasm, talents and gave so freely of herself and her time.... Gratitude to Ron - thank you for sharing her with us.
Love and condolences to all who's lives have been touched by her.
Rest now in peace.... or perhaps it's better to just keeping dancing... OPA!
With gratitude, respect and love,

Daniel Copeland

January 14, 2021

My Aunt Debbie was always so much fun. She always had a good joke and a big smile. She was never a quite a person. I think that added to her charm.

I can remember as a kid she would babysit my sister and I. She would play games and chew our butts as needed.

She gave my daughter her first belly dance skirt, when she found out she was going to be in a belly dance class in high school.

I am going to miss my aunt more than I can say.

Daniel Copeland & Family.

Marjorie Richardson

January 13, 2021

Debbie, you were such a light and joy in everyone's life. We will miss your smile and energetic fun. We are so thankful that we got to share lots of fun get togethers with you and Ron. You will be missed by us and the thousands of people whose lives you touched.
Love you
Margie, Keith, Judy and Phil

Marijane Kelly

January 13, 2021

For a long time, Sirrom was like a second home for me. And within those walls I gained my dance family. I always told Debbie she was like that cool, crazy aunt - the one that gives you your first taste of wine when no one is looking. :-D And though it had been ages since I have seen her, she still holds that place in my heart.

I am so sorry for the huge loss that her family and the Houston bellydance community have suffered. She was a fun, vibrant, beautiful soul with a larger than life personality and an infectious laugh and she will be greatly missed.

Patricia Wright

January 12, 2021

This picture captured the beautiful love Ron and Debbie shared

Patricia Wright

January 12, 2021

My. Heart is broken my dear friend was truly a Angel on earth my prayers are for Her wonderful husband Ron they were wonderful the perfect couple.
May he have the peace in all their memories
Angels surround you always
Debbie now dancing in heaven with all our angels that preceded her
Save me a place Deb🙏🙏

Sandra Barton

January 12, 2021

Debbie, your laughter will be missed, but your memory will continue to shine in my heart. I am playing the King’s hula for you as I write this and remembering it as the first time we began using rut-roh. To touch other’s lives is the best legacy we can share. You win.

Ron (and all of the dance community), I am deeply sorry for your loss.

My love,

Sherry Ehrich

January 12, 2021

I’m a little jealous of heaven right now. They gained an extra amazing angel and I know you’re up there dancing with everyone and teaching the ones how, who don’t. Many prayers to you Ron and the family, prayers for comfort and peace.