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Debra Louise Kelleher-Taeger

Debra Louise Kelleher-Taeger, 65, of Littleton, NH passed away peacefully on January 9, 2022 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Born on October 10, 1956, in Peabody, MA, she is the daughter of the late Thomas Henry Wells and Lorraine M. (Chagnon) Wells. Raised and educated in Massachusetts, Debra earned her bachelor’s degree in Early American History from Salem State University, where she later worked in the registrar’s office until she retired after 15 years. For 15 years, Debra worked at the Helene Joy School of Dance in many rolls, including dance mom, where she was able to gift her three daughters the opportunity to experience the wonders of dancing.

Her greatest accomplishment was becoming a mom. She enjoyed passing on her love of the theater, bowling, researching genealogy, crafting, playing board games and going on adventures. Debra made her life full of fun and adventure. Everyone around her loved her positive spirit. Known affectionately as “Gramma Deb”, Debra will be best remembered for her warm heart and love of family.

Debra is survived by her husband and partner of 27 years, Wayne Taeger of Littleton, NH; four children and their spouses, Bridgette and Earl Kelleher of Harrison, ME, Shaun Kelleher and Wen Ching Choi of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Candice and Wayne Houghtling of Stephentown, NY, and Kelly and James Kadra of Williamsburg, VA; three grandchildren, Damon Tenney, Serenna Kadra, and Elias Kadra; her brother, Robert Wells of Revere, MA; two sisters, Kathy and Craig Coburn of South Berwick, ME, and Pattricia and Wayne Jemery of Ocala, FL; eight nieces and nephews, Cindy Bernier, Vicki Austin, Michael Wells, Robert Wells, Johnathan Jemery, Derek Wells, Katlyn Wells, and Casey Huff; many great nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

SERVICES: Her Memorial Gathering will be held at the Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 101 Union Street, Littleton, NH on Saturday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00PM followed by her Memorial Service at 4:00PM. The family respectfully requests all attendees wear masks.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Debra’s favorite charity, Be The Match, a bone marrow transplant organization which helped save Debra’s granddaughter. For donation information, please visit www.bethematchfoundation.org.

To view Debra's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.phaneuf.net.

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So sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. My grandmother Laura and Lorraine were best friends. I also attended Helene joys for dance school

Courtney Krenzel Jan 17 2022 6:13 PM

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Martha Hutchinson Jan 15 2022 10:36 AM

Words cannot express how sad we are for your family. We just talked a couple days earlier and you looked great while the husbands were talking. You are going to be missed around the campfire and music on the weekends. It is difficult to believe we won't see you anymore, your family have always been your #1 and even though we were not family, we always felt we were part of your family. We will miss you immensely. Prayers and hugs to all your family. Love, Mary and Gary

Mary and Gary Lunderville Jan 14 2022 4:43 PM

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Lisa Jan 13 2022 10:23 AM

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Deena Jan 12 2022 8:19 PM

My deepest condolences to the whole family. I'm still in shock about the passing of Debbie. I worked at SSU beside "Debbie" for 15 years.
I'm so happy she got to enjoy her early retirement. May all of your wonderful memories, of "Debbie", keep you close to your hearts. Wonderful women! Alway family first! Sad so very sad.
RIP my friend😇🙏
Linda Rennicks

Linda Rennicks Jan 12 2022 6:04 PM

We are so sad to hear this terrible news…For those of you that have been A part of the HJSOD family for many years, you will remember her from the Beverly Studio. She greeted everyone with a smile, cheered on dancers, mended costumes, and much, much more. So many wonderful memories of this kind, caring, creative woman. Our prayers go out to her loving family and friends, you will be missed 🙏🏻❤️

Helene Chapman Jan 12 2022 4:14 PM