Debra was born in Stamford, CT. on May 26, 1965 and was the daughter of Dolores (Stone) Brown and Kenneth Brown. She was educated locally as a graduate of Keene High School’s class of 1983. Later in life, she graduated from Franklin Pierce College’s class of 2009 where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Debra was most recently a payroll manager at Tyco SimplexGrinnell in Westminster, MA where she worked for ten years. Before that, she worked in payroll at Eastern Mountain Sports in Peterborough for five years and at Peerless Insurance in Keene for fifteen years.
Debra enjoyed reading, baking, sewing, crafting, going to the beach, and playing and snuggling with animals. Above anything else, she loved spending time with her children, family, and close friends, who remember her for her immense kindness, compassion, and selflessness. She enjoyed hosting get-togethers and sharing her skills with others, and was known for her famous pie crust as well as cookie-baking parties. She was a ray of sunshine who radiated love and happiness to everyone around her and she will surely be missed.
Debra is survived by her children, Nikolas T. Athanasopoulos and his significant other, Paige Tuttle of New Boston, Jenna E. Athanasopoulos and her significant other, Dylan Fernandez of Fitzwilliam, and Michaela B. Safford and her husband, Andrew of Kailua, HI; her brothers, Barry Brown and wife Lyda of Fort Mill, SC, Kenny Brown of Fitzwilliam, and Michael Brown and his wife, Mika of Anchorage, AK; her nephews, Nathan, Seth, and Tristan Brown; and her father, Kenneth Brown of Snellville, GA. She is also survived by her long-time best friend, Kim Pratt of Fitzwilliam; and boyfriend, Steve Blinkinsop of Hudson. In addition, she leaves aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends. She is pre-deceased by her mother, Dolores (Stone) Brown who passed in 1991.
In keeping with Debra’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Burial will be held at a later date. A gathering to celebrate the life of Debra Brown will be held on Sunday March 8, 2020 from 2-5pm at Hidden Hills Banquet Facility, 18 Lisa Drive, Rindge, NH 03461. Flowers will be gladly accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Debra J. Brown to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester Street, Swanzey, NH 03469. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com