Debra Jean Duke Tanner, 61, of Leesburg, Virginia, passed away from this life on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Inova Hospital, Lansdowne, VA, of suspected pneumonia and partly undetermined causes, following a month of increasing tiredness and respiratory distress. After surviving colon cancer and of late successfully undergoing chemo therapy, she, in part, was a victim of our current Covid-19 times: the confusion of having many symptoms of the virus, but no fever, and several well-meaning virtual visits with physicians that proved fruitless probably delaying what could have been her earlier admission at the ER and more successful five day hospital stay. Debra (Deb) was the loving and devoted Wife of and survived by the same of her Husband, Arnold (Arnie) O. Tanner, and the loving “Mother” of two standard poodles (Francie and Max) which she groomed, loved, and cared for dearly. She also is survived by her sister, Diane Duke, of Yardley, PA, and her brother, Dennis Duke, of Monterey, CA. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Dorothy Duke Field, Father, Hector Irl Duke, and brother, Donald Duke. She was born on April 19, 1958 in Encino, CA. As a child, she in the Indian Maidens (like the Brownies) was known as “Dancing Star”. The family moved to Bucks County, PA, in 1971; she became a dental assistant, achieved her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute, and moved back East. Back to school again, now in Virginia, she became a Dental Hygienist serving us for 10 years, after which she served ‘til her death as a personal care assistant, as a Visiting Angel. She and Arnie met hiking at Shenandoah National Park, shared many things and times, and missed many things with the necessity of her abrupt departure, but they loved each other so very much. Deb’s heart was the epitome of Love.

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