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DEBORAH JEAN STACEY (published on September 12, 2011)

DEBORAH JEAN STACEY April 1, 1960 September 9, 2011 Family and friends are sad to announce the peaceful passing of beloved Deborah Deb Stacey at St. Boniface General Hospital on September 9, 2011. Deb left behind a devoted husband, Bruce Hatcher, and the light of her life, her daughter, Meghan; parents, Albert and Ann Stacey; brothers, David, Doug, Geoff, Alan and Jim; sisters-in-law, Wendy, Susan, Sharon and Jolanta mourn her passing. Deb grew up in an Air Force family with her formative years spent in Selkirk, Manitoba. A graduate of Selkirk Regional Comprehensive School, she graduated first in her class, receiving numerous academic awards and scholarships. She first attended the University of Manitoba then transferred to the University of British Columbia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983. She went on to get a degree in Architecture from U.B.C. in 1990, graduating with first class honours. Deb practiced architecture in both British Columbia and Alberta, receiving awards for her dramatic kitchen designs. She moved to Winnipeg, where she practiced with the firm number 10 architectural group, and she exercised her love of both the artistic and technical aspects of her chosen profession. In 2005, Deb was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer. In the years that followed, Deb enjoyed life to the fullest, with few regrets. Her circle of dear friends expanded to include others sharing her life journey. Although unable to continue working, she devoted her energies anew on one of her earliest passions fine art. Deb derived inspiration from the gifts of flowers given to her by her dearest friends during her hospital stays in the course of treatment. Deb exhibited her paintings in numerous exhibitions and shows as a member of the Group of Eight. In 2008, she exhibited her Flowers series of paintings in a solo show at the Cre8ery Gallery. All of the proceeds from the sales, totaling more than $11,000, were donated to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Family and friends would like to thank her oncologists and the doctors, nurses and staff of both the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital. Special thanks to Palliative Care Unit, where Deb spent her last days as comfortably as possible. Deb complimented her treatments with holistic health practices and derived great comfort and support from her alternative health team. A Celebration of Deb's life will be held at Thompson In the Park Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m., located at 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg. Attendees will share in celebrating Deb's life through stories of love and joy from her dearest friends and family. In lieu of flowers, friends and family invite donations, in memory of Deborah Jean Stacey, to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

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