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Mrs. Debora Rose "Debby" Costello
  • Northeast Animal Shelter
    109 Highland Ave.
    Salem, MA 01970

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“We miss you Deb.we know your watching over us and that your bringing joy to heaven with your smile and in peace .love Keith,Kerri and...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Kerri Whitworth - salem, MA

“I was so shocked to learn of Debby's passing. We worked together at MWH for many years. She was such a fun and loving person. I will miss her. My...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Jane Clark - Peaboby, MA

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Debby's passing. Debby and I went to high school together, and had many fun times at school and down the...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Donna (Vigeant) Flynn - Ocoee, FL

“I was beyond shocked when I saw your beautiful face in the Obituaries. I have many memories of when we were younger growing up in the Willows and...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Carter Morris - Haverhill, MA

“It is never easy losing a loved one in death.Time will help ease the pain, but we never forget them. Hold on to the good memories and may they...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Rachel Burkett - Delray beach, FL

“Deb was the first person I met when moving to Salem and immediately made me feel right at home. She was a great neighbor (even if she did play her...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Heather Lang - Salem, MA - Friend

“I'm so sorry to the entire Dawkins family deb was one ofthe sweetest and kindest people I have ever met she will be so missed! The Raymond family...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Kerri Whitworth - salem, MA

“So sorry to hear of Deb's passing. I will always remember her for her bright smile and happy laugh. Mark-Harrison ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Mark-Harrison - Melrose, MA

“Always happy always kind . May the angels lovingly embrace you and may the light you brought to this earth ,now shine brightly down onto all that you...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Valerie Arno Maddocks - ME

“To all the Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Debby was not only my colleague at Melrose-Wakefield but a friend. She had exceptional humor and was...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Gray - Billerica, MA

“My condolences to all her family. She was a great and inspirational friends. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: George - Plymouth, MA - Friend

“So very sorry to hear of Debby's passing. I enjoyed working with her at MWH. May she rest is peace. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Alicia Cardoza - Waterbury, VT

“Debby! (Thanks autocorrect) ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Chrissy Colvin - Friend

“Denny and her family and friends are in our thoughts-- lots of happy memories of her bright smile and infectious laugh. ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Chrissy Colvin - Wilmette, IL

“Emily, we are so deeply sorry for your loss xo ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Jodi and Kerry - West Newbury, MA

“Oh Debba, what awesome adventures we had as teens-a glorious time filled with late nights, music and hilarious laughter. Our youth was most certainly...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Cynthia Murphy - Fremont, CA

“Deblue was sweet, funny, and I really liked her. Beyond sad for her family and friends. R.I.P. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Wendy Atwood - Salem - Friend

“May your Irish eyes,smile and infectious laugh live on in each and everyone of us who had the pleasure of knowing you,Debby Love,DF1 My sincere...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Donna Faia - Saugus, MA

“So sorry to hear of your passing. You were always smiling and will be greatly missed. My condolences to your family. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Toya Harris-Pierre - Milton, MA

“Dear Family, Memories can be a blessing. Reflecting on pleasant times with loved ones can warm our heart. (Proverbs 18:24) Please accept my sincere,...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: JWKey - Shaker Heights, OH

“I am completely heartbroken! Debby and I were inseparable in high school and even went to Salem State together. Those who knew us new that we were...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Kimberly Colvin - Salem, MA

“Dear Emily and family. I'm so sorry for you're loss. Debby was a funny,beautiful and smart. I enjoyed working with her at MWH for years. She was a...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Suzanne Maloney - Melrose, MA

“Hi ,I remember debby from high school, very Bright she will be missed by all. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Maureen geary - Salem, MA

SALEM- Mrs. Debora Rose (Dawkins) Costello 51, of Salem, wife of William Scott Costello, passed away, Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at Beverly Hospital following a brief illness surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Swampscott, she was the daughter of Everett L. Dawkins Jr. of Salem and the late Joan (Young) Dawkins. She was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, Class of 1983. She continued her education at Salem State College earning her Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a concentration in Medical Technology.

Debby had been employed for over 20 years with the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as a Medical Technician.

A loving and caring wife, daughter, sister, aunt and niece, Debby was truly devoted to her family. She had a passion for gardening, boating and spending time with her family at their lake house in Belmont New Hampshire. She was a fanatical New England Patriots fan. She loved playing volleyball with her team through the Salem Recreation Department. She had a dedication to animals especially dogs, yet above all else she treasured her family. Her favorite time of the year was the fourth of July when she would spend the holiday with family and friends down the Willows which she always considered her home. Family meant the world to Debby and she will be deeply missed.

Debby is survived by her husband, William Scott Costello of Salem, her father, of Everett L. Dawkins Jr. of Salem, her siblings, Everett L. Dawkins III and his wife Kimberly of Salem and Emily Meechin and her husband Christopher of Lynn, her uncles, Roy Young and his wife Eileen of Salem and Parker Dawkins and his wife Betsy of Huntington Beach, CA and her nieces, nephew, cousins, in-laws and extended family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem, Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 6:30 P.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours prior to the service from 3 to 6 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Debby's memory to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 109 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit