In Loving Memory

Deborah D. Marino, d. July 31, 2015



In Loving Memory

June 23, 1951 – July 31, 2015


Fairhope, AL

Deborah Diane Marino, 64, born in Kansas City, MO and longtime resident of Fairhope, passed away, Friday, July 31, 2015 in a local hospital.   Early in her life, the study of Mathematics was always a favorite of hers inspiring her to become a high school math teacher. Later, she felt the call to become a nun, entering the Order of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis and spent fourteen years there until she came to Fairhope in 1994.   Loving the area so much, and having family and friends here, she decided to stay. She always enjoyed serving people and the community and found her niche at the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. After retiring from the Chamber in 2007, she became a partner in GoodBooks Bookkeeping Services. She is predeceased by her parents, John and Melva Marino.

Surviving are her longtime companion, Robin R. Smitherman, Fairhope; her siblings, Mike (Judy) Marino, Overland Park, KS, Marcia (Linda Berez) Marino, Milwaukee, WI and Greg (Margaret) Marino, Leavenworth, KS; her niece, Lauren Marino, Washington, DC and her furry family, her beloved cats, Captain America and Maybellene.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 4:00pm, on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at St. Margaret of Scotland Foley, AL. Celebrant will be Father Paul Zoghby. A reception will be held immediately following in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet at   Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.


  1. Cheryl Bennett

    I’ll miss Debby the next time I go to visit my Mom. She was an excellent neighbor to my Mom and always so kind to me when I visited my Mom. You know someone is a good neighbor when they make a positive lasting impression on the neighbor’s out of state children. I’ll never forget her kindness. She had a great smile and seemed to project happiness and kindness. My deepest condolences go out to all her friends and family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Cheryl Bennett

  2. Jennifer Dodd Knight

    Thinking of you Robin.

  3. Carol & Tony Cruz

    So sorry for your loss. We knew her from church at St. Margaret’s and she was such a sweet person. She will be missed by many.

  4. Tommy & Connie Ledet

    We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of Debby. Her gentle Spirit will be remembered forever. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time.

  5. Tammy & BCHM

    You are always in my thoughts. Thank you for being such a gentle patient person and for all the advice and help you gave me at the museum.

  6. Beth Darnell Sullivan

    With deepest thoughts we Love and Bless you and your famalies.We pray the Lord’s Angels minister unto you and keep you in His tender care.

    Your family at CK Collection

  7. Les & DeDe Polk

    We were so sad to see that Debby had passed away.
    We met Debby back in 2007, when she took over book work for our plumbing co. She helped us out tremendously. She was a very kind person. She loved my cat and dogs while working for us. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. May you all be comforted with God’s peace and love. Very Sincerely, Les & DeDe Polk

  8. Louanne Hein

    Robin, I remember Debbie as a kind and gentle person when in high school. Oh yes and really good in math! Blessings to you in you loss.
    Louanne Hein
    St. Teresa Academy,
    Class oh 1969

  9. Helen Mullane OBrien

    I am so sorry for your loss, Robin. My memories of Debbie from St. Teresa’s High School were that she always had a quick wit and a beautiful smile for everyone. She was very studious but yet had a great sense of humor! She was very special indeed.


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