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Deborah Anne Peabody

January 22, 1956 ~ October 9, 2021 (age 65)



Deborah A. Peabody slipped peacefully into eternity on Saturday, October 9, 2021 having crafted a lively life for herself and others for 65 years.

Beloved wife of Timothy D. Holden of Falls Church Virginia, Deborah was tenacious in her faith, love of family and devotion to her friends and her work.  She leveraged her lighthearted “Peabody” sense of humor and unselfish manner to lift hearts wherever she went. 

Deborah was the daughter of Anne Harp Peabody and Malburne Jewett Peabody Sr. of Falls Church, VA who, with her brother Mal Jr. and his wife Deb, predeceased her.  She was sister to A. Douglas Peabody (Annick) of New York City and West Yarmouth, MA and Jonathan F. Peabody (Lindsey) of Fennville, MI.

Deborah was born in a quonset hut in Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands on January 22, 1956.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree with PH.D. courses from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her deep interest in Anthropology, Archeology and American Studies provided her with a broad array of interests and opportunities.  Serving in government posts both in America and abroad she was an Economic Assistant and Assistant Historian in the State Department, and an Assistant Museum Curator at the Cigna Corporation. She served for over 20 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence officer, project manager and senior staff operations officer winning awards and promotions for excellence in both operations and staff activities.

Deborah lived fearlessly and fiercely.  Her path was not destined to be an easy one. She faced the fires of the future with clear eyes and a brutal honesty tempered with a strong faith, and a mischievous sense of the whimsical and frolicsome.  She rose through the adversities with good humor, a strong family, close friends, laughter and, yes, tears.  Nevertheless, she emerged with the perspective of the kintsugi master carefully reassembling the broken pieces and finely crafting a more beautiful life for herself and for so many others.  Godspeed, Deb, Keep Truckin”!

A visitation will be held Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302.  A funeral service at the Old Post Chapel followed by inurnment in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in her honor.

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October 24, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Everly Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302

Inurnment at a Later Date

Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Dr.
Ft. Myer, VA 22211


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York NY 10004
Tel: 1-800-533-2873

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