Deborah Anne Dowling Ennis, 66, of Lawrenceville, GA died Tuesday surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and attended O.C.C. and SUNY Brockport before marrying the love of her life. Deb moved with her family to Georgia in 1984 and has been a resident of Lawrenceville since 1986. She was employed by Gwinnett Legal Aide for 22 years and was instrumental in initiating the Gwinnett County Pro Bono Project for Atlanta Legal Aide. Deb was an avid international traveler. She worked closely as a sommelier to the wine industry. She was an avid reader, she enjoyed shopping, playing golf with Jack, watching her granddaughter's softball games, and spending time with family including her 4 granddaughters that she adored. Deb was a communicant of St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic Church. Deb was predeceased by her father and mother, Robert and Jane Dowling, and brother, Baby Boy Dowling. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Jack, son David (Jessica) of Perry Ohio, daughter Kim (Mike) of Lawrenceville, GA, granddaughters Morgan, Erin, Ryleigh and Colleen, sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Corky Sprague of Liverpool, NY, many cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Marguerite D’Youville Catholic Church, 85 Gloster Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 with Father James Harrison officiation. Interment to follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens in Snellville, GA The family will receive friends and family from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA. 770-277-4550. In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Georgia Transplant Foundation 2201 Macy Drive, Roswell, GA 30076. Online condolences can be expressed at

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  1. Heartbroken. A beautiful, wonderful, woman who inspired all who knew her. She will now enjoy Heaven, and Heaven will enjoy her.

  2. I am so sad to know Debbie is gone. We grew up together on Bertram Place and have remained friends all these years. She was a wonderful friend, a beautiful soul. My sincerest condolences to Jack and their children.

  3. So very sorry for your loss…. Debbie and I were friends from Our Lady of Lourdes in grade school, and had reconnected on Facebook. So sad to hear of her passing. I will keep her family in my prayers…..

  4. Sorry that you had to go. “You fought the good fight of faith” I Timothy 6:12 now you are in the arms of the Eternal God. We will meet one day!

  5. Jack, Kim & David, Debbie & I grew close the last couple years and I know you were her greatest treasures. Deb Loved her family above all else. God’s Blessings be with you Always. Until we meet again Debbie. ♡♧

  6. Sending prayers to all the family wow is all I can say Debbie was such a wonderful lady and jack and David Kim how she loved you guys so much we will all miss her so much stay strong love you guys

  7. We send our sympathies and convalescence to Debbie’s family and am sure her heartfelt presence will be a constant reminder of her sweet life. She fought bravely to be alive and enjoy life with her young grandkids and family.

  8. Dear Jack & Family. Sending luv & prayers in this most difficult time. It has been a long time since I’ve seen U & Debbie but I always remember how sweet & kind Debbie was & what a very special couple you were! I’ve kept track of both of you & your family thru your Aunt Joan & Aunt Bernice! Please know my thoughts are with you! ??. Mary Frances

  9. So sorry for the loss of such a Beautiful person…for the time that I knew Debbie…she was wonderful to be around. May she rest in pease with the Lord Jesus… She will be missed dearly….

  10. To all the family, so very sorry for your loss and Praises to the glory in Heaven. God’s love be with each of you.

  11. We are so saddened by your loss. Debbie was a good woman and we know you will miss her deeply. Please know that we will continue to pray for Debbie and for you, her loving family. May God bring you peace.
    “The memory of a good person is a blessing.” Proverb 10:7

  12. Jack,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. I am praying for you and your family. Debbie and you have always been great to my parents. Love Tammy, Danny and Mary-Catherine Bryant (Moss)

  13. Jack, Kim and David. We are very sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing.
    Prayers to everyone.
    Bev & Sig Knorowski

  14. So sorry for your loss. Debbie and I grew up together on Bertram Place and have remained friends. May she rest in peace. Sending you loving prayers

  15. We are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
    Sandy and Mike Staffieri

  16. Another forever friend from Bertram Place. Debbie and I went to middle, high school and college together and were blessed to be in each others weddings. At a time like this you realize the value of true friends. Debbie was all good…in every way.and I am sure we will be together again. I will miss you my friend.

  17. Jack, Debbie…we love you two even though we are in different places. But we have confidence in God’s word that once we shed this earthly body we’ll be instantly with Him and our loved ones. Bless you both! Dee and I will look forward to seeing you Debbie in paradise!

  18. Jack: I am so sorry to read about the passing of your wife Debbie.
    It was so nice to have met her and to enjoy her company at our 50th reunion.
    The way you two lived life and enjoyed each other so much was such a blessing
    from all that I could see. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  19. Jack, I am so sorry about the loss of Debbie. I only met her at the reunion but could tell that she was a very special lady. I’m sending hugs and prayers your way.

  20. Oh Jack, we are so saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. What a lovely photo of her you all selected- it really represents the joy and beauty all could see on her face. I see on the obituary we shared a birthday, today, July 14th. She and I were exactly 10 years apart. We will certainly miss her as a neighbor and please know that we are here for anything that you need. Thinking of you with love and you will be on our hearts.

    Your Daisy Ct. neighbors,
    Mike and Nancy McShane

  21. Carolyn and I and our kids were so very lucky to have Deb and the family as friends. She was loved by all of us who were touched by her kindness and the world is a poorer place without her.

  22. jack, please accept my deepest sympathy for the lose of you lovely wife,, we with have you and your family in our prayers,, Karen and Mitch Michael

  23. Dear Jack, my heart breaks for you on the passing of your lovely wife Debbie. I only met her her the one time at the 50th Reunion but I was so impressed with her kindness and how much you cared for each other. I will keep you in my prayers for strength. I am so very sorry for you and your family.

  24. Dear Jack, so very, very sorry for the heart-breaking loss of your Beloved Debbie. What a marvel she was. Sincere sympathy to you and your family. As for Deb. . may she Rest-in-Peace ?

  25. Thinking of you Jack, and the entire Ennis family. What a difficult year it has been. My love to all of you.

  26. Sorry for the lost of your loved one. Surely she will be missed by all. May you find comfort and hope in God’s word. Rev 21:3-5

  27. My heart is heavy trying to understand your loss. I was blessed to have known her and she was an inspiration for many. Please know that you and your’s are in my prayers and thoughts. Jack, you are the light that shines in any room- Your positive love will now shine within her as she watches from heaven above.
    May God bless her and you all.

  28. Debbie and I were friends at Lourdes and at Cathedral. At Cathedral we spent hours together riding buses to downtown to go to Cathedral or buses to the Friday or Saturday night basketball games and dances. We had great times together. I was sorry to hear of her passing. Please accept my condolences. I will have a mass said for her.

  29. Jack my deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I am so glad we got to see Debbie in November and share in a joyous occasion. My prayers and Love to you and your family.

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