DEBORAH WILLIAMS HAIRSTON

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DEBORAH WILLIAMS HAIRSTON

Funeral services took place Sept. 12 for Deborah Williams Hairston. She was born in Sept. 1953 in Washington, D.C. She passed away the morning of Sept. 9 at Jersey City Medical Center from complications of a stroke. She was a graduate of Calvin Coolidge High School and majored in Journalism at Northwestern University. Deborah received a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. Her journalism career included freelance writer for Black Enterprise Magazine, Editor for McGraw Hill Chemical Engineering magazine, and Editor-in-Chief for Pristine Processing, a publication Deborah founded. She then went on to teach and mentor students for 20 years in the English department at Saint Peter’s University. Deborah was a lifetime member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which had deep roots in her family. She found her lifelong home in Jersey City across the street from Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church where she was a dedicated member for over 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Rodney; children, James and Jackie, siblings, Sheila and Russell. Deborah Jean was by many. Her countless friends, students, colleagues, and family will miss her joy for life, sharp wit, and infectious personality. Services arranged by the West Funeral and Cremation Service, Bayonne.

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