Deborah Ann Mahar Morris of Keene, NH died suddenly at home on Sunday, September 12 surrounded by her family. Deb was born January 13, 1953 in Torrington, Connecticut to parents Lucille (Crehan) and J. Stanford Mahar. She attended Harwinton Consolidated School, Lewis S. Mills High School, and graduated with the Thomaston High School Class of 1971. She attended Yale New Haven School of Nursing and Mattatuck Community College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Teikyo Post University in Waterbury CT.
She worked for fourteen years at the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona running the transportation desk, and booking the iconic mule rides down the Bright Angel Trail. She ran Phantom Ranch for several years, hosting a steady stream of hikers at the floor of the canyon. She drove a Grand Canyon tour bus, sharing information about the natural and cultural history of the canyon. She loved every aspect of her life in the southwest and made lifelong friendships in what she considered her second home.
When she returned to New England, she earned her teaching certification and held middle school teaching positions in Trumbull Connecticut and at the Harry S. Fischer Middle School in Terryville, Connecticut. For the last fifteen years Deb was a member of the middle school faculty at Monadnock Regional Middle High School in Swanzey, New Hampshire. She was a dedicated, enthusiastic, upbeat educator who consistently made strong connections with her students. She had a special place for those who struggled the most and she made lasting relationships with her students and with her colleagues.
Deb was a mother figure and mentor to a whole variety of grateful young people over many years and will be remembered for her humor, devotion, support, and encouragement.
She supported all of her own children’s activities, cheering them on in Little League, Brownies, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, softball, cross country, bmx biking, and more. She had a life-long interest in Native American culture, the art of Georgia O’Keefe, books of every kind, and music. She visited 48 of the fifty states on numerous car trips over many years. She was happiest at the wheel of her car, driving the backroads with the windows down and music up!
She is survived by her four children: Amber Fields and her husband Alvin Fields of Keene, New Hampshire, Army Ranger, Sergeant Matthew Morris of Torrington, Connecticut, Joshua Mahar and his partner Rachel Gori of Goshen Connecticut, Lark Dorweiler and her husband Army Specialist Dorian Dorweiler of Denver, Colorado. Deb was deeply devoted to her seven grandchildren and she felt blessed that they were a central part of her life: Deja Fields, Daunte Fields, Dakota Fields, Dominic Fields, Aiden Fields, Dante Gori, and Abrah Dorweiler. She is also survived by her three loving sisters: Lisa Mahar and her husband Bill Beardslee of Warner, New Hampshire, Jennifer Samela and her husband Nick Samela of Thomaston, Connecticut, and Melinda Feola-Mahar and her wife Alison Feola-Mahar of Keene, New Hampshire. She leaves many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Donations in Deb’s name will be gratefully received to support a college scholarship fund in her honor at Monadnock Regional Middle High School, 600 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 24 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Lyons Funeral Home 46 High St. Thomaston, CT 06787. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston on Saturday September 25 at 9:00 A.M., followed by burial at Hillside Cemetery in Thomaston. To send notes of sympathy and comfort to Deb’s family please visit her tribute page at www.lyonsfuneralhome. Please be prepared to abide by all Covid-19 protocols.