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  1. Joe and Ayako
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    Such sad news! We had lost touch with Deanna and you Paul and to our regret, we missed the chance to bathe in her warming glow again. What a beautiful, loving person. Everyone who knew her surely shares a sadness in their hearts. Rest in peace beautiful lady.
    May God give you strength, Paul, to continue to share the beautiful music that you made together.

  2. Becky Livas
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    Deanna was a wonderful friend when I lived in Las Vegas. She was great company and a bright star in my life!
    Sorry we didn’t get just one more laugh, dear lady!

  3. Cecil Archibald
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    Beyond the sunset there is a peace that comes when our days is done.God grant us this serenity. When our earthly battle is won.Take comfort in the knowledge that ours love one has gone on to that valley beyond. The sunset. R I P AUNTY DEAN.

  4. Gwen Young
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    Condolences on the loss of your dear Deanna.. I met her thru Robert and Gloria when she lived in DC. Mark, I remember you playing with Paul and Bradley in your pedal cars when you would visited Pikesville. Pray you both find comfort in a life well lived.

  5. Jehry Miller
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    My condolences to Paul for a sweet lady Deanna who was a wonderful loving friend who had a beautiful heart and fun to be around and will be missed. My heart go’s out to Paul who loved her so much. RIP sweet Deaanna

  6. Robert and Dana Asher
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    We will always remember Deanna’s warm, happy glow. Godspeed ♥️

  7. Billy Allen Asher Montgomery ;)
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    Love you Diana ❤️ So much!
    Let’s laugh and cook together when we meet again! ? And say hi to my Mom for me. Billy

  8. Junior Munro
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    My Deepest Sympathy to Deanna Husband Son and her two Sisters Joyce and Yolanda also her nieces and nephews .I remember her coming to Sauteurs with the rest of the family to visit her mom and Dad she was a fun person to be around she alway make people laugh may she rest in peace

  9. Wendy Blackburn
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    Auntie Deanna was such a lovely lady and I remember her when I was younger she came on vacation to grandma Edna’s house. And I will always remember her kindness. She will be missed and rests in peace. My thoughts to her son and husband. Love, Niece Wendy XXX

  10. Louise & Frank
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    We met Deanna and Skip almost three decades ago, during the television production of New York at Night. We have remained friends ever since. Deanna was an absolute joy to be around. From cruise ships and harrowing rides along narrow, winding hillside roads in Granada to enjoying Skip’s performances, dinners in Little Italy and drinks of coconut water with a splash of vodka, we will forever remember Deanna’s smile and inimitable laughter throughout. Late night West Coast/East Coast phone calls will never be the same. Deanna will be dearly missed. We love you, Skip.
    Louise & Frank

  11. Nichele brown
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    Auntie I love you always, gonna miss talking with you. You said I should be a talk show host. We always shared go times no matter what. Our angel has earned her wings. Rest in peace auntie. Love always ur niece nichele brown.

  12. Blackburn family - Toronto
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    Paul and Mark – Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow on the passing of Deanna your loving wife and mother. Only those who have lost a loved one can know the depths of your feelings. We send you love to give you strength to bear your sorrow.
    There is lonesomeness after but we want you to know that your family are thinking of you in this time of your great loss.
    We will never forget the friendliness and kindness Deanna extended to all she knew. She was also loved by all who knew her and lived her life to the fullest. May she rest in peace.

  13. Steve Blackburn
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    My heartfelt condilences to you Mark on the passing on your Beloved Mother and you Paul on the passing on your wondeful wife.

    When I lived in Grenada and she visited, she was always that fun Aunt, inevitable my favourite Aunt, and yes, she never met anyone she didn’t liked, she loved everyone.

    She had such a Cool way of speaking, such a cool raspy accent. She was that English Aunt who then became that Fun Funky and Cool American Aunt. She was hip before hip was cool.

    Mark you are such a refection of your Mom and Paul, she could have found a better life partner.

    Paul, I still recall fondly of my time in Los Angeles with you and when you visited Toronto.

    .Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

    My she Rest In Peace.

  14. Jerry and Ellen Wein
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    Deanna was the best thing to happen to Paul…EVER! Ellen and I are so thankful we got to spend time with them both after they came ashore from their world travels. We’re thankful that Mark has been here to help Paul….since Deanna did all the thinking on this side of the family:) She had a gracious and gentle nature that will live on in our hearts.

  15. Alva Davis
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    Deanna and Pau have shared Thanksgiving Dinner and Xmas Bruch with y Family for a few years. We will truly miss her presence and her laughter during the Holidays. Rest In Peace!

  16. Anonymous
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    I can count Deanna as a truly dear friend of 60 years. I was Marks godfather and she was Maid of Honor at my wedding, She was my wife’s dearest and closes life long friend. and my son’s god mother.. We were ,often thought of as twins because of the closeness of our birthdays.

  17. Allison Rina Tappin
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    Deanna was a kind and special person. I will miss her.

  18. Keith Robinson
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    Mark, I can tell your mom was a beautiful person inside and out! I’m praying for you and your family as you navigate through these difficult times. Take solace in the fact that God is with you, your Dad, and your Mom, always even until the end of time. Love you brother and May God’s love comfort you and family.
    Blessings!

  19. Linda Drummond
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    Deanna has been one of the most amazing, sweet people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. My husband George had always loved her as well. Glorious fun to be around, every one in heaven is honored to have her join them! I’ll see you on down the road sister!
    Love,
    Linda Drummond

  20. Erin
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    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Vic Harrison
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    Praying the peace of God for you and your family, my brother. Find comfort in knowing that her last breath on earth, became her first breath in Heaven! Much Love

  22. Juanita Crawford
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    I never had the chance to meet Mrs. Deanna in person. But, did get to speak to her a few times on the phone and it was like I had met her. She was the kindest, beautiful , loving woman I talked with. Wish my girls could of spent more time with her as well. I know the time they did, it will always be memorable.

  23. Dale Blackburn
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    My deepest sympathy to Paul and Mark someone as special like Deanna can never be forgotten.
    I’ll always remember our last trip to Grenada.
    Rest in peace Deanna

  24. George Rapier
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    Auntie Dean was definitely the most fun aunt I ever had. I will miss her.

  25. Anne Evans
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    My deepest condolences to Paul and Mark. I have so many wonderful memories of Deanna and special times we shared.. She was a joyful spirit filled with laughter and music. Rest in peace dear friend. I will miss you but hope you’re saving me a seat!

  26. Anonymous
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    My deepest condolences to Paul and Mark. Deanna and Paul are like family and I will continue to have fond memories of her. We shared lots of laughs over the years. We celebrated many birthdays together. Even through her health challenges she continued to to stay positive and laugh. I will miss her dearly. ~M

  27. Ernest Frost
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    I met Deanna in Lake Tahoe, CA. There was a singer in Harrah’s Hideaway Lounge who I stopped by to listen to every night-some of you may have met her or heard of her-Mildred Jones. One night she told me a friend of hers would be stopping by; he was to be the entertainment at Harrah’s new Summit Restaurant. The friend was Paul Balfour. Soon after I met Deanna. That was 47 years ago and our friendship filled with laughter, some tears, stories of high and low, but mostly filled with an unconditional love for each other, never faltered. Deanna, my dear sister-woman-friend, no one will ever, because no one can, take your place. My heart aches but my soul smiles knowing how lucky I am to have known you all those years!. Please be there when I get off the glory train, and prepare heaven, because girl, you know the party aint over! “Esto no es ‘adios,’ esto es ‘hasta luego,” because I will see you again…

  28. Keith Byrd
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    May God grant the family peace during this difficult time! Blessings! Keith Byrd

  29. Anonymous
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    My condolences to Mark and Paul. My Aunty Deanna was the most contented person I’ve ever known. She was always the life of the party. She loved life, and she lived her life to the fullest, without a mummer nor complain. May she sleep in perfect peace.

  30. Nickolas Steele
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    She had a joyful, bubbly presence that will be missed. One of a kind LADY.

  31. Clint Holmes
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    Deanna brought a sense of peaceful joy to any gathering she was in. Her love , support and wisdom made her Paul’s perfect partner.
    I hadn’t seen her in recent years but my memory of Deanna will always be strong .

  32. Steve Pendery
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    Deanna will be missed and always remembered. We had many good times together with many good stories to tell. Rest in peace Deanna. Love you x

  33. Terry Light
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    I first met Deanna in Nairobi, Kenya. Paul was performing at the International Casino. I think I made every performance, and sought out many more in New York when Paul and Deanna were living there. Music was the gateway to a close and lasting friendship with the Balfours. Deanna had an aura of joy, and a smile and laugh that embraced all around her. “Deanna was the type of person that never met a stranger” is a beautiful way of describing that embrace. My family including my wife, mother, and brother and his family all became close friends — and it felt like family… Many wonderful unforgettable memories including Christmas together in Nairobi, an unforgettable expedition to Kenya’s remote Lake Turkana that Deanna dubbed “Shake & Bake”, the Staten Island Ferry, musical pub crawls in NY and tours of Las Vegas are just a few; and through every memory that joy, smile and laughter adorned. Underlying that joy, smile and laughter was strength. I was astonished by that strength as she endured health challenges. Deanna never seemed to lose that aura of joy, the smile or the laughter. I called her my Bionic friend. RIP Deanna. We will never forget you.

  34. Anonymous
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    On behalf of the Bell Family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Mark and Uncle Paul.
    My mom Joan Bell was a close friend to Aunt Deanna.
    They were friends for over 50 years.
    Joan Bell adored and cherished her sisterhood with Aunt Deanna.
    ” In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
    John 14:2

  35. Judy Shab
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    I will miss my Deana I loved her so much she was a very special person in my life such a beautiful human being.

  36. Marjorie Glover
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    Deanna, was my maid of honor at my wedding. I had a typical Vegas wedding, and Paul and Deanna made it a perfect day.
    I will miss you my friend. ?M

  37. Nancy Warth
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    Condolences on the loss of Deanna..I was really sorry to hear this..
    .Deanna was a wonderful..fun..young spirited lady..
    PAUL and Mark hold on to all the great memories of her❤❤
    *Nancy Warth*

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