Debbie entered eternal rest Tuesday morning, June 7, 2022 at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem. She was 67 years of age. Born in Melrose, Debbie was the daughter of the late Stanley K. Smith, Sr. and Marcia (Fullford). A lifelong resident of Everett, Debbie grew up in Everett and attended Everett Public Schools. She graduated from Everett High School with the Class of 1972. Debbie dedicated most of her working career as a controller at John Hancock Insurance Company. She left the company after dedicating over 30 years of service with them. She went on to work as a care coordinator at an assisted living home for mentally disabled seniors, formerly located in Chelsea. Debbie would book appointments for the residents, take them to doctors’ appointments and food shopping. She truly enjoyed this job and worked there until her retirement. Debbie’s greatest passion in life was to be there for her family and to help other people. She was a foster mother to many children over the years; taking care of them, loving them and proving a safe place for them to live until they were placed with a permanent home. Debbie loved her family very much. She was known as Auntie Woobie by her many nieces and nephews. Debbie had a love for all animals and had many dogs and cats over the years. She loved her daily hot coffees from Dunkin’ Donuts, she enjoyed watching TV but only Channel 4 and her favorite show was NCIS. Debbie will be sorely missed by all who loved her.
Debbie was the wife of the late Grant J. Peters, Mother of William “Billy” Peters. Beloved sister of Linda L. Peters of Everett and her late husband Acting Lt. of the Everett Fire Department, Ronnie Peters, Stan K. Smith, Jr. of Everett and Betty Williams and her husband Michael “Mike” of Wilmington. Dear sister-in-law of Barbara Langan and her husband David of Billerica. Adored Auntie Woobie of Shaun Peters, Eric Peters, Josh Peters, Lauren Smith, Ryan Smith, Spenser Smith, Amanda Hayes and Nick Williams. Beloved Nani of Vaughn. Also lovingly survived by many great nieces and great nephews. Debbie fostered a lot of kids over the years. She had a bond with all of them but she maintained a special relationship with her foster daughter, Shante Cruz. Debbie also leaves behind her beloved cat, Shadow.
Relatives and friends gathered for visitation in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, CHELSEA, on Tuesday, June 14th. A Funeral Service in the Funeral Home followed the visitation. Services concluded with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. We encourage family and friends to visit carafafuneralhome.com to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card. Donations in Debbie’s memory may be made to an animal shelter of one’s choice.