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A loss to the caching community...

posted Mar 21, 2012, 8:22 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 24, 2012, 5:15 PM ]

Cache Tribute: To Deb, with love!

GC3BT6V: To Deb, with love! (Traditional Cache)
Location: Texas, United States

Contributed by Paul Albers (HI_Dude98)

It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the information that Joey’s wife Deb passed away early this afternoon.
I hope, that as a caching community, we embrace Joey at this painful time in his life.

For those of you who know Joey, when you feel the time is right, I encourage you to reach out to him.
I can only imagine the pain and suffering he is experiencing after this terrible loss.

I am at a loss for the right words, and I am so deeply saddened. I'm going to miss her so very much!
From the Community:

We all lost a VERY special person.
Was always a treat bumping into Joey & Deb on the trail (that's how we met them, too! I remember the scene, but not WHERE it was -- a park off Spicewood, maybe). Two days running in December we found ourselves trafficing with the gold Prius (getting happily (!) Mapsourced together on our way to the Christmas Party for starters). And, of course, at events.
I'm heartbroken for all of y'all.
--BarbJ (Tygress)

Very bad news. Deb will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

Joey, there are no adequate words that I know of in any language to comfort or console you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers . . .
--Russ (Waterweasel)

Such sad news. I will continue to pray for Joey and the rest of their family during this time. Deb was such a sweet lady and will be missed by many!
-- Lisa (BackroadsGal)

I have great memories of those two at past events, and emails back and forth on a puzzle cache here in Killeen they could never find. Darn critters! I never saw one without the other, and knew they were a great team. Deb is in my prayers, along with Joey for getting through with everything going on.  
-- John Lane (iPhoneaddict)

Very sad news indeed and I'm very sorry, Joey, for you and your family's loss.  I met Deb at the 10th anniversary event after having such an "adventure" trying to find their 31 Lights cache earlier that afternoon with a few other cachers.  Deb was very apologetic that I'd bloodied my knees approaching in a COMPLETELY wrong method.  Granted, it didn't keep both she and Joey from laughing at me and the idea of me trying to squeeze through passages not made for my frame, but she felt bad about it all the same.  (I think)

We've lost a great member of our caching circle.  Joey, if there's anything you need, I hope you'll speak up when the time comes.  Central Texas is a great group for reaching out and helping when one of our members needs any kind of assistance!
-- Kevin (KoosKoos)

My heart is pours out to you, not knowing what you are going through, though I am sure it not something anyone ever wishes to go through.  I really enjoyed caching with you and Deb, meeting you on the trail with my boys who instantly took a liking to you both.   Thank you for helping me find your little cache across the street from your home and introducing yourselves.   You and Deb were always a wonderful presence at events with your smiles and contagious laugh and humor.   The geocaching community, your family, and my family have lost a great friend and a wonderful person.  We will always remember her and tell of stories and adventures we had together for many years to come.  Deb will be missed.

Deb - may you find the great huge geocache up in the heaven and find peace inside!  :-)
--Greg Jewett (GeoJewett)

Oh no! We are so sorry to hear that--I can't imagine what Joey must be going through. Rest in peace, Deb--I'll remember your smiling face and kind heart. Our prayers are with you Joey.
--Peter & Dana (pksimmang and aggiemd91)

<crying> I'm speechless! I can only imagine what Joey is going through. I add my prayers to the rest.

J and I first ran into them along a trail in Hutto and we instantly took a liking to them. Deb will be sorely missed and I pray that God offers Joey solace through these terrible times.

I just found out just a few minutes ago. Wow, what a shock. Deb was a great friend and always so cheerful. Joey, I am praying for you and God's grace can help comfort you.
-- Matthew (mda_taz)

Oh my gosh, I just read this!  Oh, Joey, I am so sad for you.  I remember both of you so full of energy and life at events, and all the caches  you hid and all the caches you found.  Ya'll were just little balls of fire! You are in our prayers through this very sad time.  I just can't believe it.
-- Jana (Cybercat)

Hilton, John and I are all sorry to hear of this sadness.  You never know what will happen in this life. Please take time to let those you love know it.  To our caching friends! We love you and appreciate the fun times you give us!
-- Jeanne, Hilton and John (TheFoods)

Very sad news indeed. Deb will be missed. She and I had exchanged emails just a few weeks ago on one of my tough puzzle that she had just solved. May she rest in peace.  Joey, my prayers are with you and your family. My heart hurts for you.
-- Arnaud

My heart is heavy today in hearing this very saddening news.  Joey, I am truly sorry for your loss. The geocaching community has lost a great lady and wonderful spirit. To all her family and friends, my heartfelt sympathies.
-- Esther (Bigguy In Texas)

I'm so sorry to hear about Deb!  I'll always remember her ramming around Central Texas with Joey in their little convertable!  What a fun way to live your life.  Footnotes coach and I saw their names in caches everywhere we went.  Joey has lost a fabulous caching partner, but I hope maybe he'll keep caching as a way to keep her memory alive.  We'll all miss her!  Our condolences to Joey and the family.
-- Julie and Roger (Mrs. Captain Picard and Footnotes coach)

I am so sorry to hear this. Joey my heart and thoughts go out to you.  I only met Deb a couple of times but the first was memorable, at a cache in Pflugerville about a year ago on the day of the event for 10th anniversary of the first Geocaching event. She was so kind to help me find a cache that I had been looking for in all the wrong places.
-- Jay (Bing-GTX)

What a huge loss to the community, her family and Joey! Deb you will be missed and I will never forget when I first meet the Joey and Deb duo on a rainy day out by the Hill Country Galleria!
--Shawn (s6sputnik)

I am so sorry to hear this, and so suddenly as well.  Although we only met on the trail two or three times, Deb and I exchanged many emails over the years discussing puzzle solutions and ways to use GSAK. She was always a delight to chat with.  Joey - my thoughts are with you and your family today.
--Mike (lignumaqua)

Awwww...we are so sorry.  Joey, you and your family are in our prayers.  We've enjoyed our conversations with Deb over the years at different caches and can't imagine what you're going through.
--Di and Rich and Andrew and Connor (dirich92 & SIrPounceALot)

Oh my what sad, sad news. Joey I'm very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Wade Mercer

It is with a very sad heart that I reply to this very sad news.  My heart was already saddened today.  I learned that my last living grandparent, my grandfather, passed away this morning.

I am saddened to hear of  the sudden loss of Deb.  I first remember meeting Joey and Deb not only in the field, but hunting one of my own caches.  It was so fun chatting with them about various caches at various events. They are some of the friendliest folks you will ever have met.

My Prayers are with you Joey and for your entire family as I too share in your loss of a family member this day.
-- Bill (ZionZR2)

I was waiting in line tonight to see a screening of "Iron Sky" at SXSW (didn't get in) and explaining geocaching to a guy in the line.  I used "Murals of Austin" as an example.  Flipping to the log entries I started tearing up because Deb and Joey were the most recent log entry.
-- John Daleske

I only had occaision to speak to them once, when they drove up to one of their more evil cache hides just as we found it. Deb was giggling at their deviousness and was just tickled at how long it took us to find it! It was an honor to meet the cache owners, as we'd been "following" them from cache to cache for several weeks prior. They were both very nice. We got to see them a bit at a few events last year, but unfortunately, we didn't get to interact much. They sound like they were soulmates, and I think that's awesome. My heart goes out to Joey in this difficult time. Remember that your friends and family are there for you...lean on them when you need to, and you'll get through. Deb would want you to.
Our hearts are with you,
-- Liz (Lizeebie) & Chris (JustPlaneChris)

In Memory of Deborah Gay Stearns


Deborah Gay Sampson Stearns
March 11, 1958-March 14, 2012

Debbie was born March 11, 1958, in Gonzales, Texas, to Chris and Floyd Sampson. She passed from this life March 14, 2012, in Austin, Texas.

Debbie was full of life and always had a smile on her face. In her earlier years, she loved to play basketball, softball and volleyball. In addition to excelling at sports, she graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1976 from Manor High School. She then attended The University of Texas where she graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After college, she became a teacher at Manor High School and was also a coach over girls' sports. Her most current work history included work in the field of clinical research working for Innovative Neurotronics as the Director of Clinical Research.

Debbie was an avid reader and also loved to travel. Her most current passion has been geocaching with her husband and soul mate, Joseph Stearns. They were married on July 7, 2007.

Debbie was the matriarch of her family, definitely the go-to person. She loved her children Shauna, Ralph, and Elliott unconditionally and did anything she could for them. She supported the boys' in their baseball and football games and events and was their biggest fan.
She is preceded in death by her father, Floyd Sampson and sister, Erica. She is survived by her mother, Chris Sampson; husband, Joseph Stearns; children Shauna Reyes, Ralph Reyes and Elliott Reyes; grandchildren Christopher and Vanessa; and siblings Tim Sampson and Toni Guerrero.

An Open House for the celebration of Debbie's life will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 3-6PM, at 1835 Chino Valley Trail, Round Rock, Texas, 78665. Family and friends are welcome. For more information email: debbiessmanor@yahoo.com

To share memories of Debbie, please visit www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com