Debra Elizabeth Hunt passed from this life in Galveston on July 12, 2017 after a valiant struggle with ovarian cancer. She died surrounded by her loved ones. Debbie was 56 years old.
Debbie was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 7, 1961 to Joe Wesley Hunt and Martha Elizabeth Hunt. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Hunt and by her spouse Connie Moore. Debbie is survived by her life partner Arabia Vargas of Galveston, her mother Martha Elizabeth Hunt (Cooke), sister Tracy Eileen Mitchell, nieces Rachel Mitchell and Samantha Mitchell, nephews Michael Cabral and Ryan Mitchell and his wife Dani Mitchell, her “pal” Justin Pick and many members of her extended Hunt and Cooke family.
She graduated from the University Of Houston School Of Law in 1987. Soon after graduation, she became a founding partner of the Moore & Hunt law firm in Houston. Her legal practice was focused on estate planning, wills and probate. For nearly 30 years, Debbie enjoyed assisting her clients with end of life planning. She was a pioneer in promoting gay and lesbian rights. She was highly respected by her peers in the legal profession and beloved by her many clients. In 2017 Debbie received the Emerging Leader award from the Stonewall Association of Greater Houston and a scholarship was established in her honor for deserving law students.
Debbie loved life, family and friends. She was a source of strength and wisdom to everyone she knew. Debbie was an enthusiastic, long-standing member of the Houston Pride Band, playing all manner of percussion instruments. Performing with the band always thrilled her. An avid sports fan, she delighted in cheering for her Astros, Texans, LSU Tigers, and UH Cougars. Debbie was known for her trademark converse shoes in every color. At her death her converse collection numbered 86 pairs.
Debbie’s family would like to thank Dr. Gwyn Richardson for her continued kindness and care and her Gyn/Onc care team at UTMB-Galveston.
The family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston Debra E. Hunt scholarship fund or the American Cancer Society through their websites, or to the Houston Pride Band through its website, www.houston-prideband.org.
A memorial service for Debbie will be held 4:00pm August 19th, at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston, Texas.