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Deborah Jones

September 12, 1944 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Deborah Jones Obituary

Deborah Jones, 79, of Swarthmore, PA passed away peacefully on January 16, 2024.

Born on September 12, 1944, in West Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Cornelia (nee Drury) Jones.

Deborah's early years in West Pittston laid the foundation for a life characterized by a thirst for knowledge and a passion for the written word. Her academic journey led her to Wilson College, where she earned her Bachelor's degree, and later to Northwestern University, where she completed her Master's degree. These institutions not only honed her intellect but also fueled her lifelong love of learning.

Throughout her life, Deborah found joy in the simple pleasures of life, such as the company of a good book and the delight of hosting gingerbread parties. Her creativity flowered in her writing. As a writer, she co-authored several regency romance novels under the pseudonym Samantha Holder, bringing to life the elegance and intrigue of a bygone era. Her novels were a testament to her imagination and her ability to transport readers to other worlds.

Deborah is survived by her devoted husband, Ernest S. Zeilinger, her stepdaughter, Katy Zeilinger, siblings, Richard (Joan) Jones, Pamela Powell, and Cornelia John, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by brothers-in-laws, William Powell, and Frank John III.

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