Deborah Dorothy Hamlin, also affectionately known as “Debbie, Deb, Debs, Mommy, Ma, Girl, Auntie, Grandma, Grams and GiGi”, passed away suddenly after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
Debbie was born on March 21, 1946 in Baltimore, MD to the late Dorothy Shedrack and Bradley Teal, Sr. Debbie was one of seven children born of this union; preceded in death by four siblings, Gloria, Nancy, Elton and Bradley (Butch). She attended Baltimore City schools and graduated at the top of her class from Dunbar High School in 1964 and years later, received her Associate of Arts degree in Allied Health and Human Services with a psychology focus from Baltimore City Community College.
She gave her life to Christ at an early age and served on the nursing board at Leadenhall Baptist Church for many years. In 1966 her first daughter was born. In 1970, she married the late Warren Harding and from this union, 3 children were born. In 1991, she married her former spouse, Carl Hamlin.
Debbie had a long and successful career with the State of Maryland, mainly working in the mental health field at Rosewood State Hospital and retired after 25 years of service.
Debbie was well-known and well-loved by all! Her friendly nature and infectious smile won the hearts of everyone she came in contact with! She called herself a "Messenger of God" and loved giving spiritual advice to her family and friends! As Debbie would say,
"There's not a worry in this world, worth worrying about. Put it in the 'Just for Jesus Box' and leave it alone...He will address it in His time...CASE CLOSED!"
Debbie loved her entire family and friends alike! She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spoke highly of them to others! Her nieces, nephews, and very close friends were such a joy to her and looked to her for advice and to attend their social gatherings! Her cooking skills were absolutely divine and definitely had healing properties! Everything she made was to perfection! Her potato salad was ever-so famous and sought out at every cookout and family event! Deb always enjoyed a good party and loved to dance! Smooth and classic R&B was her favorite! ("Hey Ba-by!!") If she was not home watching her game shows, chatting with her girls,corralling her family, you could find her enjoying one of her guilty pleasures, which was playing her favorite numbers or watching her horses! Debbie was warm-hearted, intelligent, independent, very spiritual and just an absolute pleasure to be around. She will be sorely missed!
Debbie leaves to cherish her precious memory: four children, Katrina Frazer(Trina), Warren Harding (Avery), Derrick Harding (Antoine), and Lena Harding(Nitra); one son-in-law, Tilbert (Tony) Frazer; two step-daughters, Anita Tydingsand Nikia Hamlin; six grandchildren, Mark Garrison, Jr., Shaun Garrison, Chaz Carter, Antonio Towns, Chaya Chew and Camren Harding; six great-grandchildren, Myana, Maraya, Shyanne(Shy-Shy), Ashton, Mya(Ma-Ma) and Aleena(Beanie); onesister; Barbara Ann Brooks; one brother; Robert Teal; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Teal and Betty Fisher; two brothers-in-law, Billy Campbell Harding and George Brooks, Sr.; special friends and confidant, Margaret Conner and Adrienne Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, and very close friends.
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