Newport News – Debra Lynne Helm passed away February 6, 2017 after a long and courageous fight. Debra was born on September 17, 1952 in Yokohama, Japan. She is preceded in death by her parents John Bonaguidi and Dorothy Bonaguidi Sullivan and stepfather, John Sullivan. Debra leaves behind her beloved soul mate Lemuel Carson Robertson, his immediate family, her sister Theresa Bonaguidi Powell (Al), her beloved nephew Trevor John Powell “The Boy”, extended family, and a host friends.
A lifelong resident of Newport News Virginia, she was a graduate of Denbigh High School and attended DeKalb College. She last worked for Drucker and Falk.
While her life was short, the mark she left is significant. Debra was a wonderful and loving friend. With a smile that lit up the room, she brought her own special kind of joy to people. Debra never met a stranger. She took an interest in everyone she met and soon knew their life story. Debra had a close circle of girlfriends that included the men in their lives as well. She added a special spark to everything she did.
Debra had a way of finding the fun and good in life. She spoke her mind in a way that made it obvious she cared very deeply, and it was impossible not to return that love. She loved to cook. At every gathering, the excitement began with everyone eager to see what she would bring. Queue the “Cheesecake Dance!”
Debra will be missed tremendously by all of her family and friends. She has left an indelible mark on our hearts that with us always.
A celebration of Debra’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any animal rescue charity.