Published in the May 6, 2016 edition

Redo-Martinage-obit-webMERRIMACK, N.H. — Debra A. (Yee) “Deb-e” Martinage of Merrimack, N.H. passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, April 22, 2016, at age 58.

Debra Yee was born in Beverly on June 5, 1957 and raised in Burlington where she graduated from Burlington High School. She attended Middlesex Community College, and worked in IT consulting for Riverbed Corp. for several years. Friendly and easy going, Deb served on the reunion committee for the Class of 1975 at Burlington High and enjoyed catching up with old classmates.

A free spirit, Deb was happiest on the back of a Harley with Steve and wearing one of her favorite Harley-Davidson T-shirts. She loved riding and took a memorable trip down to Tennessee to see Steve’s brother. Deb-e also loved going to concerts or listening to Bon Jovi with the volume turned way up.

While always ready for excitement, Deb-e was also a caring, generous and thoughtful person. She was always willing to help and was the first to offer you the shirt off her back. With her IT background, she was the go-to person for computer problems in the family. Her family was especially important and she cherished trips to see her parents in Florida, brother in Virginia or Steve’s parents in South Carolina. Deb-e was so happy to have found Steve and they were excited to start a new life together in South Carolina.

In her free time, she loved reading, photography, cooking and was known for her ability to replicate her grandmother’s turkey stuffing. Deb loved her family, Steve and spending time at home with her cat, Mozart. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

Debbie was the beloved fiancée of Steve McLaughlin. She was the cherished daughter of Harry and Pauline (Him) Yee of Ft. Myers, Fla. She was the devoted sister of Cindy Hom and Doug Maclennan of Melrose and Ft. Myers, and David Yee and his wife Nicole of Norfolk, Va. Loving aunt of Daniel, Marissa, Lauren and Brandon. She is also survived by Steve’s parents, Niecy and Al McLaughlin of South Carolina.

Family and friends gathered in honor of Deb-e’s life for her memorial service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. Gifts in memory of Deb-e may be made to People Helping People Inc., PO Box 343, Burlington MA 01803.

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