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Debra C. Bullis Lamoree
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Mrs. Debra C. Bullis Lamoree, age 53, earned her angel wings on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

She was born in New Hartford on September 28, 1963, a daughter of the late Bernard R. and Doris Niebuhr Bullis. Debra graduated from New Hartford Senior High School with the class of 1981. On October 7, 2011, she was united in marriage to Ernie C. Lamoree in the Catskills; they shared a loving union of more than five years.

At one time, Deb worked at Chanatry’s Supermarket in Utica for twenty years, and later at The Matt Funeral Home as a funeral attendant. She gave up her career and became a doting caregiver to her dad, Bernie, as he battled ALS for over thirteen years; which she considered her greatest achievement in life, and bestowed her same caregiving gift to her brother, Steven, until his passing in May of 2016 from ALS.

For many years, Deb was an avid ALS advocate and lobbyist, alongside her loving sister, Brenda; from grass root levels to Capitol Hill in DC, as well as Cambridge, MA, and Albany and Rochester, NY for ALSA, ALSTDI, MDA, Hearts for ALS NY, ALS of Utica, and St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center. She also had a great respect for the PVA and the VA, with whom she worked closely to obtain expedited special benefits for her dad and brother with ALS.

A loving and devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and cousin, Deb loved her family more than life. She also was a foster mother for a several years to a few fortunate children she adored. Deb enjoyed backyard BBQ’s with her siblings, family, and friends; annual family reunions at Lake Ontario; road trips wine tasting in the Finger Lakes; and celebrating her German heritage at various Oktoberfests each Fall in her beloved Adirondack and Catskill Mountain regions. She loved NYS history, especially the War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War period in Gettysburg. Deb liked to travel to New England, especially the coast of Maine to Grafton, VT, where she always enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

Deb had a natural gift and was considered a true Earth Angel, who brought great inspiration to many individuals for many years; her soul shine was bright and spirited as she believed in Divine light to heal and inspire. It was through this final path, where she learned her fate was to face the same fatal ALS diagnosis in July 2016, which had killed ten other family members from the C9orf72 familial ALS gene with repeat expansion.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Ern; devoted siblings, Jeff, Brenda, Gary, and Daryl; cherished angelic nephews and nieces, Chris and his family, Kourtney, John, David, Robbie, Alana, and Maia; three uncles and one aunt, Moe Eghigian, Fred Niebuhr, and Bill and Sharon Niebuhr; and many adoring cousins and friends too numerous to mention. She also leaves behind to mourn, her beautiful cat, Black Velvet.

Her celebration of life will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Messiah United Church of Christ, at 3810 Oneida St., New Hartford, NY with Pastor Justin Elwell, officiating. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica.

The family would like to thank Sitrin - Neurocare for all the attention and kindness shown to Deb during her time there.

Donations in Debra’s memory may be made to either the ALS of Utica or Sitrin - Neurocare, donations may be made at the funeral home.

Please remember “Let your soul shine, it’s better than sunshine, better than moonshine, it’s damn sure better than rain” and “Got to let your soul shine on and on and on and on…”

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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I was lucky enough to become friends with Debbie in high school. She was an amazing person that knew how to put a smile on your face. Deb, I will miss our facebook messages, however, I know you are no longer suffering. I hope you now have found peace. I will miss you and always love you my friend. Ernie, Brenda and family, may God help you find comfort through this difficult time.

Written by Cyndi Kozak
2017-06-30 11:02:01 AM

I am so shocked. I just can't believe it. Debbie and I worked at Chanatrys many years ago. Then I was a phlebotomist that use to come to the house to draw blood from her Dad. The family welcomed me right in. I would see Debbie occasionally. At that time she was fighting for ALS and she kept it going until it took her also. She is in Heaven now in no pain and she will be the angel watching everyone. Rest In Peace

Written by Dawn Nudo
2017-06-30 12:48:56 PM

We are deeply sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing. Love debbie and chris

Written by Debbie Birnbaum
2017-06-30 1:57:58 AM

Deb's soul and shine will live on through many others as we remember her strength, courage and fight for life and ALS. Her advocacy will continue bringing hope with everyday. It was a privilege to know her and her amazing family. Brenda: A sister, friend , advocate and pillar you were for her. May we all be so blessed to have a sister as you....Peace and hugs to you all. Love, Karen and ALS Center staff and friends.

Written by Karen Spinelli
2017-06-30 5:48:09 PM

Brenda an thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Deb put up one hell of a fight. May she now Rest In Peace.

Written by Pat Kenyon
2017-06-30 8:47:04 PM

you were taken way to soon before your time. you did a lot of good on this earth in a short time .you were a true fighter. may all your family heal in time

Written by marta pleeter-zarnoch
2017-07-01 1:29:25 AM

Deb, You are with your loving family in heaven now and I'm hoping you are at peace. You fought the fight of your life and believe that you are amongst the angels protecting you and giving you the joy you so deserve. Love you always! Wendy

Written by Wendy Butcher
2017-07-01 4:55:57 PM

Ernie, thinking of you during this time. May all of your wonderful memories give you comfort and carry you through.

Written by Stefanie Castle- Hoft
2017-07-01 5:04:07 PM

Very sorry

Written by Dave Corr
2017-07-06 8:52:44 PM