Deborah J. (Jerrett) Tello

January 13th, 2012

Deborah J. (Jerrett) Tello, age 50, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on January 13, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.  
Debbie was born in Winchester, MA on May 31, 1961, she was the cherished daughter of the late Cyril and Bessie Jerrett.  Debbie was raised and educated in Wilmington, graduating from Wilmington High School in 1979. 
Debbie married the love of her life Daniel C. Tello on March 26, 1982 and together they raised three beautiful children, they were truly Debbie’s pride and joy.  Debbie took the role as wife and mother very seriously, she was extremely devoted to her family.  Debbie attended numerous school and sporting events, she was always there to lend a hand and show her support to her children no matter what they were involved in, her love for them was unconditional.
Debbie was a wonderful friend and neighbor, she would do anything for anyone, always putting others needs before her own.  She was always wearing a smile, had a great sense of humor, and an endearing personality that made others feel welcomed and loved. 
Debbie was a hard worker, she not only took care of her own family but for many years she took care of other children making them feel safe and loved, treating her daycare kids as her own; and making life-long friends with their parents.  Debbie loved children and it showed all over her face when she was around them.
Debbie was strong willed and a fighter, she advocated for many kids in need of help, whether it was a troubled teen or someone with substance abuse problems, Debbie was right there to lend a hand and not to judge others.
Debbie was also a “survivor” when it came to her own health issues, she fought hard and always had a positive outlook in a negative situation, never giving in, and always worrying about those she loved not herself.
Debbie will be fondly remembered for her kindness and compassion, her great stories, her love of animals especially her beagles, and for her unwavering devotion to those she loved, Debbie was truly an amazing woman who will be missed by many.
Debbie was the beloved wife of Daniel C. Tello, devoted mother of Melissa N. Tello, Stephen J. Tello, and the late Daniel J. Tello all of Wilmington, dear sister of Nancy & Richard Barnes of Boulder City, NV, James Jerrett of Cavendish, Newfoundland, Charles & Connie Jerrett of Tarpon Springs, FL, Elizabeth & Peter Duke of Bucksport, ME, and the late Johnny Jerrett, loving aunt of Jenna Jerrett, John Jerrett, and Isabel Duke, Debbie is also survived by many dear friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, January 17th from2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Debbie’s name may be made to Heaps of Hope, Inc., 60 Walnut St., Wellesley, MA 02481 or to Gosnold Inc., 200 Ter Heun Dr., Falmouth, MA 02540.





9 Entries in Guest Book for “Deborah J. (Jerrett) Tello”

  1. Donna & Eric Legro says:

    Dan, Melissa & Stephen – We are so sad to hear of Debbie’s passing. Debbie was a wonderful person who was such a wonderful part of many children’s lives during the years that she did day care. She always told me that Eric was the longest kid she had and she treated him and loved him like he was her son which made it so much easier for me to leave him every day. She will always have a special place in our hearts.

  2. Keila Bartlett says:

    We will miss you Deb! I am sorry to know you are gone but I know you are no longer in pain.
    So sorry Dan and Mellisa and Stephen.
    Love to all.

  3. Patrice Waitt says:

    Dan, Melissa, and Stephen – It is so painful to lose a loved on and the one you lost was a gem. Dan, you picked a wonderfu girl to be your wife. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. Stephen & Melissa, you were and still are your mother’s pride and joy. She soke so highly about each of you throughout our many conversations as we shared much laughter(she had a great sense of humor) and stories about raising our kids in this crazy world. A mother’s only wish in life is to make sure her children have good happy lives and stay close with their families. You two have given that dream to your mom and now you need to keep that dream of hers alive. Your mom was a good friend of mine whom I admired for her strength, hard work, and love of life and family. She will always be that voice in your head and fill that special place in your heart. Take care of each other and our love to all, The Waitt Family

  4. Jana and Mike Borgen says:

    Debbie was such a warm, kind, and generous person. We will miss her very much.

    Our thoughts are with you during this sad time Dan, Melissa, and Stephen.

    Jana, Mike, and Henry

  5. Ivy & Don Green says:

    Nancy and Rich has told us so much about your wonderful brave mom and wife and we know how much she loved you all.

    Although we have never met, I feel your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of grief.

    My name is Ivy Green(nee Critch) from Cavendish Newfoundland. Debbie is my first cousin. Her dad was my uncle.

    Keep close as a family and lean on each other through the difficult days ahead

    Don & Ivy

  6. Patti Keough Druid says:

    Debbie was the first friend I ever made as my next door neighbor on Marcus Rd. I will always treasure the memories of our antics. When Debbie and I occasionally crossed paths over the years it never mattered how long it had been, we would just burst out laughing and talk about those memorable days. Debbie was a bright light with such a sense of humor, so kind hearted and did anything for anyone. I love and miss you my friend. Dan, Melissa, and Stephen, Deb will always be with you. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with you. Love, Patti (Keough) Druid

  7. Joyce Cooke and Family says:

    My heartfelt sincere sympathy does out to you Dan.Stephen,and Milessa.
    Although I never met Debbie. I feel your loss, our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. May God comfort you on the death of your loving wife,and Mother.
    Always Loved Never Forgotting Take Care Of Each Other With God Blessing. Joyce Tommy and the Cooke Family Co Donegal.

  8. jean obrien says:

    I do not know youre family, but I do know what it is to lose a loved one,, my warmest thoughts go out to youre strong it will get easier as time heals all wounds.god bless

  9. Paula Lefebvre says:

    I know Debbie through her sister Nancy … my lifelong best friend and “adoptive” sister.

    I had so much respect and admiration for Debbie .. she had such a kind heart, she was feisty, always honest and straightforward, non-judgmental of others, so funny … and always a pleasure to be around. I marveled at her strength in times of adversity. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and friend.

    Debbie and I only got to see each other a couple times during the summer when she would visit her cousin Kathleen at “Pops” cottage here in Old Orchard Beach, ME. I always anticipated her visits and even though we hadn’t seen each other in awhile, there was never any awkwardness .. we just picked up where we left off and we would happily share and update each other with what was happening in on lives.

    I had a lengthy conversation with Debbie before Thanksgiving and because we both love home and are “nesters” by nature, we shared recipes, life “stuff” and lots of giggles together. I am so very grateful for that conversation.

    Most importantly, Debbie was a believer (in our Lord and Savior) and although her life may have ended here on earth, it brings me great comfort to know that on January 13th she began her eternal life … filled with perfect joy!

    So Debbie, I will not say goodbye .. but until we meet again!

    Hugs and love to you Danny, Stephen and Melissa.


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