Deborah “Debbie” Olive Lynch Ward, 62, died unexpectedly June 10, 2011, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Born in Camden on June 28, 1948, she was the daughter of James and Inez (Leonard) Lynch of Washington Street in Camden. She was a 1966 graduate of Camden High School and resided in Camden her entire life.

Debbie’s love for art and décor helped her establish her business, Deacon’s Bench. Through her work, she made many friends who stopped by not just for alterations, but for coffee and conversation. She was well known and admired by all for her beautiful work and design. She was also known as the neighborhood mom, opening up her home to many local kids. She never knew how many people would be at the house for dinner and enjoyed the extra company. Debbie loved to celebrate every holiday; mostly Halloween and Christmas. Hundreds of kids would arrive at her home every year to see the Halloween decorations, and every Christmas people would venture from all around to see the thousands of lights and decorations.

Debbie is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard “Deacon” Ward Sr. of Camden; two sons, Richard Ward Jr. of Camden and James Ward and his wife, Suzanne, of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Lynch of Orlando, Fla., and Rodney Lynch of Rockland; five grandchildren, Kayla, Keri and Connor Ward of Orlando, Fla., and Alyssa and Madison Ward of Camden.

Debbie was predeceased by her mother, Inez Lynch in 1962; her father, James Lynch in 2002; and grandson, Phillip Ward in 2001.

Calling hours will be held Friday, June 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St. in Camden. There will be a graveside service Saturday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Camden followed by a reception at the American Legion Hall in Camden.

Memorial donations may be made to the Camden First Aid Association, P.O. Box 368, Camden, ME 04843. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ward family by visiting their book of memories at