Deborah Binion Cahn McIntosh, 71, a resident of Falmouth for over 40 years, passed away unexpectedly at home on Jan. 10, 2019.
Debby was adopted at a very young age by Peggy Masback and Joshua Binion Cahn, both of New York City. Growing up, Debby enjoyed immersing herself in the arts and culture of the city and spending her summers on Long Island.
Even as a young girl, Debby knew she wanted to be a teacher. She received her undergraduate degree from Mills College of Education in 1970 and was married the same year to Thomas Richard McIntosh, who was Debby’s husband until he passed away in Oct. 2015.
In 1973, after working in Boston as an administrative assistant, Debby moved to Falmouth with her husband and worked in early education in the Falmouth public school system, including in the Title 1 program.
In the late 1970s and early 80s, Debby took time off from work to raise her two sons. Her love of education and remarkable reliability soon led her to become a fixture in the public school systems of Falmouth and Mashpee as a substitute teacher throughout the 1980s and 90s.
With her two sons grown, Debby more recently turned her lifelong gardening hobby into a successful business. Her family, friends, and customers always marveled at the natural talent Debby had for plants and landscaping.
In addition to gardening, Debby enjoyed spending time with friends and family, taking pictures, supporting her favorite causes through charitable gifts and volunteering, delighting in the growth of her three grandchildren, and traveling both nationally and internationally.
She recently had the extraordinary experience of taking a DNA test and locating the relatives of her biological mother and father, including two half-sisters and one half-brother.
She was a proud and loving mother, wife, sister, and daughter.
She was well-known in Falmouth for her cheerful and generous demeanor. With her unique energy, Debby lived life in the moment and focused on helping others. She will be missed by many individuals and organizations including the Upper Cape Camera Club, the Falmouth Art Center, the Falmouth Service Center, the Coonamessett Pond Association, and Highfield Hall and Gardens.
She is survived by her son Andrew McIntosh and his wife Jessica Simon of Kensington, Maryland; her son Daniel McIntosh and his wife Jessica McIntosh of Daly City, California; her sister Martha Binion Cahn Pellegrino of Rockland, Maine; her brother Nicholas Binion of San Francisco, California; her brother- and sister-in-law Steve and Qi McIntosh of Falmouth, Massachusetts; her half-sister Barbara Keller of Losone, Switzerland; her half-sister Meryl Hyatt Overton and half-brother Barry Hyatt, both of Fountain Valley, California; her niece Jennifer McIntosh of Chicago, Illinois; and her niece Li Basagic and her husband Justin Basagic of Severna Park, Maryland.
Those who knew Debby are invited to an informal reception honoring her life at the Falmouth Art Center on February 9, 2019, from 3 - 6 p.m.