Deborah S. Martin

Published On: Mar 05 2013 09:43:57 AM CST

Deborah S. Martin, age 65, of Madison, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2013. She was a resident at the Ingleside Nursing Home in Mt. Horeb, and was getting all dressed up to go with her husband to the HDSA Re-Prom at The Monona Terrace, an annual event to raise money and awareness for Huntington's Disease.

Born December 20, 1947, Debby was the daughter of Aaron Sugar and Sylvia (Warshaw) Sugar. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1969 with a major in mathematics. After graduation, she worked as a computer systems analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue until 1980, when she became a full-time mother and homemaker.

In 1986 Debby was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, a progressive neurological disorder that slowly took away her ability to walk, talk, and eventually even feed herself. Throughout the slow progression of this disease, Debby maintained a positive outlook and refused to let it keep her from doing the things she loved. She became an active member of the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) and helped start a support group in Madison. Debby loved to bake and never failed to bring cookies and other treats to each meeting. She became an inspiration to everyone who knew her, especially her daughter, who is now a national spokesperson for HDSA.

Her many hobbies and activities included gourmet cooking, arts and crafts, and shopping for others. She always had a gift for everyone and every occasion. She gave the gift of life to her daughter, and the gift of family to her husband. There are no greater gifts than these.

Debby was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother; her husband, George Martin of Madison; her daughter, Shana Martin of Madison; and her brother, Howard Sugar of Libby, Montana.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at CRESS CENTER, 6021 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at CRESS CENTER, 6021 University Ave., Madison, WI, 53705, with visitation from 10:30 am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America - Wisconsin Chapter. Donation Website: http://www.hdsa.org/wish/widon.html Mailing Address: HDSA-Wisconsin2041 N. 107th Street Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

On Saturday, Debby got all dressed up to go to the Prom, then went to Heaven instead.