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Debora Blackwell

Debora Blackwell

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02/22/17 08:38 PM #1    

May Kay (Wong)

Thank you, Pat Smith for finding this article about Debbie Blackwell.

From the Times Daily, Dec, 2, 1996
A zookeeper who was kicked unconscious by a mother giraffe has died after 20 years in a coma, her parents said.
Debbie Blackwell was 27 when she and other zookeepers tried to free a 4-month-old giraffe that had caught its neck is a stockade-like fence at the Memphis Zoo in 1976.
The baby giraffe's mother, Candy, knocked Blackwell down and kicked her repeatedly, sending her into a coma. She never regained consciousness.
Blackwell died Friday of complications from pneumonia at her parents' home in New Orleans, said her father, Ed Blackwell.
---------- Staff, Associated Press

02/24/17 11:18 AM #2    

Candice Connor (Penno)

I remember Debbie for her liveliness, humor, and wit.  Who can forget Blackwell's Emporium?  Debbie sold pencils, candy, and what-nots out of her school locker.  I thought it was very enterprising; however, the powers-that-were shut her down after a few weeks of operation.  Apparently, there was some rule against making a profit in a non-profit zone.

03/13/17 02:29 AM #3    

Fred Laredo

I can't imagine the suffering her family had for 20 years.  


03/20/17 08:40 PM #4    

Edward Sutton

Debbie had her own voice, a straightforward integrity, just there, who she was. She was fun! It's difficult to accept her life cut short. A lot more people could have enjoyed knowing her, and the world might have been a little better. It's up to those of us who knew her to value her memory and be grateful for her.




03/21/17 07:51 AM #5    

Celia Girard

I remember Debbie as being fearless, unafraid to be who she was.  Energetic and lots of fun.  I am glad to have had the experience of knowing her.

09/05/17 07:38 PM #6    

Carol Johnson (Robertson)

Debbie, I remember your ready smile and good sense of humor. I was stunned to hear of your passing. You are missed.

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