FARMINGTON — Deborah Mallett Cressall, 73, died on Feb. 26, at the Pierce House, following a short illness. Though her life seemed too short, we are so grateful that Debbie’s life was full and active with so many of us in the Farmington community and beyond.
She was born July 14, 1937, in Farmington, the daughter of Emery and Phyllis Wiley Mallett. She was raised in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1955. After attending Westbrook Junior College and Connecticut College, Debbie graduated from Mary Washington College in 1960. Later, she received a masters degree in education from the University of Maine at Orono.
Debbie’s life was a full one. She began her 36 years of teaching in Bristol, Conn., with a first-grade and after that position she continued teaching for five years in the Department of Defense Elementary School in Schweinfurt, Germany. After returning to the United States, Debbie taught at the Ingalls and Mallett Schools in Farmington, from 1973 until her retirement in 2000. Her favorite grade for teaching was the first grade, which she taught for many years at the Mallett School. Her life included plenty of travel across Europe and Asia.
Her active community life included volunteer work at the Franklin Memorial Hospital, the Farmington Public Library and the Pierce House. Debbie had a passion for her Farmington community and her elegant Farmington home. You might say that she was known as the “Martha Stewart” of Farmington, giving memorable dinner parties, holiday and family celebrations.
Debbie is survived by her paternal cousins, Anne Mallett and sons, John and Miles Morton, Steve and wife, Judy, Grant and wife, Kim, Dick Mallett, Chip Edgarton and Bob Edgarton; maternal cousins, Margaret and Kim of the Merski family in Connecticut; she is also survived by her friends of the “Canoe Club.” This group was a source of joy for all seven women over a period of 35 years.