Today, the stars have aligned, and what would have been Deb’s 53rd birthday also brought the achievement of Roan Zane McQuigg’s graduation from Perpich Arts high school. Throughout Roan’s journey toward young adulthood, Deb’s “magnum opus” has been an expressive artist, and this milestone is one to celebrate, as Roan moves into a new time of life and into the broader world. Congratulations to our amazing Roan!
Deb died over six years ago already, and our lives continue to be shaped and enriched by her insights and her love as we grow around the loss of her, forever formed by it. We miss her and love her.
In honor of Deb’s memory, we share that we will be making two gifts from the Debora Miller Memorial Fund. One donation of $500 goes to the Grand County Public Library in Moab, Utah, where she lived for some years as a young child, one source for her avid mind, as many libraries were throughout her life.
The second donation of $500 goes to KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), an organization dedicated to helping unaccompanied children through the immigration system, including legal support for kids separated from their parents or caregivers at the border. We certainly know the pain and sorrow of separation between a mother and child; but it also would have been a very important call to action for Deb if she was still here.
These donations are just one way we remember Deb. This year, we use the process to also note her birthday, which she was self-reportedly “shameless” about. We each, family and friends, carry her with us, finding ways to balance the dark and the light to let life keep winning.
We plan to give a gift (or gifts) in Deb’s memory each year for years to come, and we will keep you posted when we do. Thank you to all who have donated to the fund. If you would like to help to continue to build the fund, please let us know (via Donate).
Spring seemed to emerge slowly this year, so we’ve selected some images that Deb had created about Spring and early Summer. the first one was projected as the sun set and the middle image was woven into a transparency installation. The last image was newer work that Deb was developing for a future show.