SULLIVAN – Debra J. Briggs, 46, passed away Friday, July 15, 2005, at an Ellsworth hospital, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born Oct. 28, 1958, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Allen S. and Patricia L. (Campbell) Dunbar. Debra was a graduate of Sumner Memorial High School, Class of 1977, and from Husson College, Class of 1979 with an associate’s degree as medical secretary. She was employed by the Town of Sullivan for 15 years, serving as deputy town clerk, tax collector, and treasurer. Debra enjoyed bowling, needlepoint, playing horseshoes, going to her camp at Flander’s Pond, and shopping with her girls. In addition to her mother, Debra is survived by her husband of 23 years, Jerome T. Briggs; two daughters, Erika Briggs and Courtney-Leanne Briggs, all of Sullivan; two sisters, Lynn Murphy and her husband, James, and Dawn Doughty and her husband, Tim, all of Sullivan; a niece, Whitney Doughty; and a nephew, Allen Doughty; two stepdaughters, Alisson Lewis of North Carolina and Kristy Whittelsey of New Mexico; her father and mother-in-law, Earl and Morna Briggs of Corea; a sister-in-law, Brenice Briggs of Gouldsboro; a brother-in-law, Terry Briggs of Boston, Massachusetts; two special uncles, Courtney Campbell and Phillip Dunbar, both of Sullivan; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and her many friends. She will also be missed by her canine friends, Tonka and Sophie. Additionally, Debra will be remembered by her special friends, Phyllis and Walter Moore, and those she met at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Ill. She was predeceased by her father, Allen “Bussie” Dunbar in 1990. Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Monday, at the Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Monica Giordano officiating. Interment will be at the Blaisdell Cemetery, North Sullivan. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Debra may be sent to the Mary Dow Center, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605; or to the Sullivan-Sorrento Playground and Skate Park, 1888 U.S. Highway 1, Sullivan, ME 04664. A memorial register and directions is available online at