Deborah Mary Auch (1960-2021)

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Deborah Mary Auch

FARMINGTON – Deborah Mary Auch passed away peacefully on November 5th 2021, surrounded by family and her favorite music, after a long battle with illness. Deborah was born on September 14th 1960 in Farmington. She was the daughter of Michael N Tufts and Joan (Lambert) Tufts. Growing up, she attended Kingfield schools and Mt Abram High School. While in school, Deb was a member of the National Honor Society and a devoted member of band. She continued her education at the University of Maine at Farmington, graduating with a BA in math. She shared her interest in math through multiple educational roles within the SAD 58 district, all the while growing her jewelry business. This being her true passion, jewelry making became her full-time occupation in later years.

Deborah Auch’s memory is suspended in this world through the tiny pieces of her passions that reached so many during her time here. As a music enthusiast, cook, gardener, educator, and jeweler, Deb brought joy to many different souls in many different ways. Today, their is a soulful collection of music enjoyed by Debs family, many students who remember her impact as an educator, and a diverse and far reaching community of people who found joy through Deb’s jewelry.

Deborah was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Deb is survived by her two daughters, who grew to be the living embodiments of their mother’s passions; Yaicha, a talented singer and lover of music, and Zia, a chef and restaurant owner. Deb was grandmother to Kyran, Odele, Ali, Nova, and Zenna. Unique to Deb’s story was her being one of five sisters. A strong and caring group of women who have left their mark on this area, Deb is survived by sisters Diana, Dody, Dulcy, and Darcy. She leaves behind her father Michael Tufts and mother Joan Tufts. She was also an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

The family extends a sincere thank you to the kind caregivers and residents of the assisted living home at Eight Rod Road where Deb resided at for the last few years, as well the nursing staff at Maine General-Augusta for their dedicated care of Deb in her final days.

There will be a private family burial in the immediate future, and an open celebration of life in the coming 2022 year. Details on the gathering will be shared next year closer to the event.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. I met Deb when our girls were school mates in the younger grades! We also had our art in common and I loved seeing her beautiful jewelry that she crafted . Great lady.

  2. My condolences to Deb’s family. Fortunate to be one of many to be graced by Deb’s compassionate heart and endearing smile.

  3. Such a gift for us while here on this earth, but most of all one of the dearest true friend anyone could ever hope to have in a lifetime. My heart smiles every single time She steps into my thoughts… will always be in my heart. Deanie

  4. My condolences to her Dad, Mike, and all the family. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but it sounds as though she was a beautiful lady, inside and out. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.

  5. Dulcy, I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your Dear Sister. I pray you all hang onto Your Precious Memories
    And may she Rest In Peace🙏🙏💜💜💜🙏🙏

  6. When I started at Mt Abram Deb was one of the first to make me feel welcome. When we made theatrical agony out of various plays she was the one who shown . When we studied, skied or danced she was one of our brightest lights. Much later on I was able to be in touch and friends again for a couple of years. You will live in my memory as long as it keeps working. Lauri Sibulkin

  7. One of the nicest cousins I have and I learned alot about restaurant life when I was young at Winter Inn and then One Stanley a good friend and I loved her jewerly she made she had such a great talented will sadly miss rest piecefully Debbie Vicky

  8. The Class of 78 was blessed to have Debbie and we will all miss her dearly. We were all so pleased to see her at our last class reunion (40th) where we had time to talk and reminisce and a great time by all. During our freshman year, we were all taken by her beauty only to find her soul was even more beautiful. Debbie was always smiling and was at our last class get together. My deepest condolences goes our to her family. I just know that Debbie is smiling down on us and is helping to make sure that everyone enjoys the time we have.

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