September 16, 2021
Debra J. Bushey, of New Windsor, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the age of 63 after a long hard fought battle with lung cancer. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be missed by all those who were fortunate to know her. Debbie was born to Dr. Forrest A. Rowell and Marjorie Roberts Rowell on January 22, 1958. One of ten children, including twin brother David, she was born and raised in the town of Hastings-on-Hudson. She attended Hastings High School and graduated in the year 1977. It was also in Hastings were she met the love of her life, Allen. They were married in 1982 at the First Reformed Church surrounded by cherished loved ones. In 1988 Debbie and Allen made their way to New Windsor where they raised two children, daughter Danielle and son Kyle. As her children grew older, Debbie was known to their friends as their second mom. When one of her children's friends needed a place to say, she would invite them into her home and love them like her own. Her generosity knew no bounds. Debbie relished time with family and friends and earned the reputation of being the "fun aunt" amongst her many nieces and nephews. Anyone who knew her would tell you she was the life of the party. She'd greet you with a huge hug and a smile, no matter the circumstances. And boy did she love to dance! She did everything she could to bring a smile to the faces of those around her. In addition, she enjoyed weekly Zumba classes, playing with her beloved labrador, Lucy, and all things dessert! Cheese cake was her all time favorite, but brownies were definitely a close second. She never could decide between two deserts she liked on a menu so inevitably she would bring one home for later. She also loved her coffee and always made sure to put on a fresh pot made whenever she had visitors. She is survived in life by her husband, Allen of New Windsor, NY; daughter Danielle (Matt) D'Amato of Pine Plains, NY; son Kyle (Tara) Bushey of the United States Airforce, 3 beloved grandchilren Zoey, Owen, and Jack D'Amato, siblings Nancy (Peter) Lewit, David Rowell, and John Rowell all of the Hudson Valley, New York, Susan (Rick) Mellegard of Arizona, Betsy (Doug) Buckner of California, Doug (Kerri) Rowell of Pennsylvania, and Bruce (Donatella) Rowell of Italy, in addition to her many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased in life by her parents, Marjorie and Forrest Rowell, brother Forrest "Bob" Rowell and Chris Rowell, and niece Tracy Rowell. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Gilda's Club Westchester and the LUNGevity foundation in Debbie's honor.
Debra J. Bushey, of New Windsor, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the age of 63 after a long hard fought battle with lung cancer. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be missed by all those who were fortunate... View Obituary & Service Information
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