Debra Lynn Monaghan McLendon, 58, of Wilmington, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Debra was born in Montreal, Canada, and moved with her family to Boston, Mass., at a young age. She attended Northeastern University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1980. She always had a unique love of infants and children and began her nursing career at Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Mass., in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
She moved to Wilmington in May 1985, where she began her 30-year career at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. At NHRMC, she had been involved in multiple leadership positions in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and most recently as the clinical coordinator of the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics. She had worked with the Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic since 2006, where she continued to touch many lives and assisted with the incredible growth of this pediatric specialty practice.
Debra adored her family. She was very involved in all of her children’s activities, and their education was of utmost importance to her. She enjoyed traveling, reading, needle work and searching for sea glass on the beach. She also loved chocolate, the occasional margarita and preparing desserts for Sunday night family dinners.
Debra was preceded in death by her parents, Terence Edward and Adellais Yvonne Monaghan.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Preston; daughters, Rebecca, and her fiance, Alex Sixto, and Hannah; brothers, Brian Monaghan, and his wife, Marjorie, David Monaghan, and his wife, Penny; sister, Corinne Tassinari, and her husband, Thomas; mother-in-law, Isabel Totten McLendon; brothers-in-law, Scott McLendon, and his wife, Julie, and Larry McLendon, and his wife, Pam; nieces and nephews, Laura Tassinari, Cole Monaghan, and his wife, Amy, Kevin Tassinari, Karen Tassinari, Casey Monaghan, Michael McLendon and Kelly McLendon; and numerous cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. The family will receive friends at 4 p.m. prior to the service at the mortuary.
Her family would like to thank her wonderful friends in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic and Preston’s many friends from BNP for their wonderful support and compassion during our time of need. Special thanks to Vanessa, Neesha and Teena for all the love and support they gave her and her family. Our family cannot thank the wonderful staff and nurses at Cape Fear Hospice enough for their care and comfort to Debra the short time she was there.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401; or the charity of one’s choice.
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