Deborah Dee Fawcett
Deborah Dee Fawcett
  • May 2, 1952 - February 24, 2015
  • Houston, Texas

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DEBORAH DEE FLOWERS FAWCETT, M.D., passed away on February 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Debbie was born on May 2, 1952, in Hope, Arkansas, to Hollis Vernon Flowers and Myrtle Aline Crosby Flowers. She grew up in Batesville, Arkansas, where her family attended the First Baptist Church and Debbie graduated with honors from Batesville High School in 1970. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was elected president of Chi Omega sorority before her early acceptance into the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1973.

Debbie had a passion for serving others and earned her medical degree in 1977. She completed her residency in pediatrics in 1980, serving as Chief Resident at Arkansas Children's Hospital from 1979-1980. She worked in private practice as a general pediatrician for many years before accepting a position as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1992, and she served as Medical Director of the Asthma Care Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital from 1994-1997. In 1997, Debbie was invited to complete a fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. From 1999-2014, she was a partner in the practice of pediatric and adult allergy/immunology at Texas Regional Allergy & Asthma Center in Southlake, TX.

Debbie received numerous awards in her profession, including being recognized as one of Dallas's "Best Doctors for Your Kids" by D Magazine in 2002. In 2003, she received the Outstanding Teacher Award-Division of Allergy/Immunology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. She was also chosen as a "Super Doctor" by Texas Monthly Magazine for the years 2006-2012, and named as a "Best Doctor" in 2011 and 2012 by Best Doctors, Inc. She had a special place in her heart for the many patients that she cared for during her 35-year career.

Strengthened by her faith, determination, and the support of her patients, friends, and family, Debbie battled her cancer diagnosis courageously and was able to continue practicing medicine full-time until December of 2014. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren during her lifetime.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Hollis Vernon Flowers. She is survived by her mother, Myrtle Aline Crosby Flowers; her daughter, Holli Fawcett Clayton; her son-in-law, William Clayton; three grandchildren, Emily Jones, Eli Jones, and Olivia Jones; her identical twin sister, Dianne Johnson; her brother-in-law, Randy Johnson; her brother, Dan Flowers; her sister-in-law, Sara Flowers; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The family would also like to give special thanks to Houston Hospice for providing outstanding palliative care, and to family friend Sonja Hogg for her warm and caring support during Debbie's illness.