Debra Mann Morton

Debra Mann Morton, 59, of Riverside, RI passed peacefully on January 31, 2019, surrounded by love. She was blessed to be the cherished wife of Donald Morton for twenty-four years and the beloved mother of her precious sons, Joshua and Benjamin. She was the loving daughter of Beverly Mann Paris of Warwick and the late Jerry Mann. She also leaves behind her brother and sister in law Gary and Debra Mann and nephew Cory, of Northport, New York and her brother Ron Mann of Cranston. Debra graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music, Boston and for the past forty years, has developed into one of the premier jazz artists in New England. She has performed extensively as a solo artist, as well as with many other notable jazz musicians. Debra was a passionate jazz educator as a Teaching Associate at Brown University and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in Performance at Wheaton College. She also taught many private piano students over the past twenty years. She loved her students, as they loved her. Her heart was as big as her voice. Debra had a bright light shining in her that made her music and life joyful and inspiring. A celebration of life will take place at the Squantum Association 947 Veterans Memorial Parkway Riverside, RI 02915 Tuesday February 5th, at 10:00am. Shiva will be observed at the home of Beverly Mann Paris Wednesday February 6th 7-9 p.m.

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Carole (Adams) Suvajian - 02/03/2019

It is with shock and sadness I learned of Debra’s passing today. As a long time friend and co-worker from the Holiday Inn I will always remember her friendship and wonderful talent that brought me so much pleasure.

Michael and Michael Fink - 02/03/2019

we knew lovely Debra as a neighbor on Creston Way and as our hostess in Barrington at New Year celebrations. I knew her mother and father as a Hope High classmate, and her dear husband Don as my RISD colleague...and her boys through their childhood. I heard and toasted Deb's performances not only on our RISD campus at commencements, but also at Chan's in Woonsocket and elsewhere in our state. I share the family's loss and grieve with so many admirers of her glorious career, calling, and endless kindliness and courtesy in our community!!! mike, and michael. if i can locate the Paris residence for the shiva i will be there....the more high-tech, the less communication, for the likes of me. m.

Beverly Paris - 02/03/2019

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Beverly Mann Paris - 02/03/2019

Rest In Peace my beautiful talented daughter. I will miss you until we meet again. You will be in my heart forever. No more suffering.
I love you, Mom. ❤️❤️❤️

Joyce M. - 02/03/2019

Sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

C. Scott Free - 02/03/2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Debra Mann was a gracious person and a wonderful musician. The musical community has lost someone very special.

Mike and Cyndy Cotter- Quincy,MA - 02/03/2019

We join with so many others in respect and gratitude for the gift Debra will always be - a truly vital and loving person and absolutely brilliant musician.

Tony & Monique Johnson - 02/04/2019

We are saddened to hear of Debra's passing. Debra's light was bright, warm, and far reaching. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those feeling her loss-- most importantly, you her loving & dear family. Rest in peace and harmony, Debra!

Lois Vaughan - 02/04/2019

Debra was a talented and gracious musician. I was honored to know her professionally, and reflect with great sadness that she died too young. Her vocal and piano contributions to the RI live music scene and her recordings, especially those spotlighting the works of Joni Mitchell and Brazilian composers, will live on forever. She will be missed but her music endures!

Willie Myette - 02/04/2019

I was so sad to hear of Debra's passing. My sincere condolences. I knew Debra being a fellow pianist in RI. She also used my books in her teaching and was such a beautiful person to listen to and be around. Always kind with a beautiful smile. She will be truly missed.

Elaine Lambert - 02/04/2019

I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Debra’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) Lean on Him in the days to follow. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit

Jim Robitaille - 02/04/2019

I was very saddened to hear of Debra's passing. I only met Debra twice, but could tell she was a wonderful person and musician. May her memory and music live on in the hearts of her listeners and loved ones.

Cindy Halpern - 02/04/2019

I am absolutely shocked that my childhood friend is gone.
Debbie was a beautiful girl.
She was so full of life.
Deepest sympathy to her Mom, her sons, and husband.

Sue Bissell - 02/04/2019

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Debra’s passing. I knew her as a wonderful, compassionate piano mentor. She will be sorely missed because of her warm and friendly personality and her very special talent of communicating through her music. RIP Debra.

Jen Vieira - 02/05/2019

We will sorely miss Debra in the Music Department at Brown. She was just beginning to help us expand our jazz and pop curriculum and was loved by her students. Outside of work, it was nice running into her smiling face at the clam shack in the summer.

Marion F. Avarista - 02/05/2019

So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Joe Carrier - 02/05/2019

Shocked and saddened to hear about Debra's passing. A beautiful person, elegant musician and a deep loss for the music community. Rest in peace Debra.

Steve Bianchi - 02/06/2019

Debra's musical talent and professionalism, as well as her cheerful countenance when she performed was a joy. We will always continue to play her beautiful recordings. We are most saddened. Our deep condolences to all of her family and friends.

Joyce and George Gaulin - 02/06/2019

Bev, I'm so sorry for the immense loss of your talented daughter..I can't even imagine what you are going through.. Take comfort in your memories and in knowing you will be reunited again one day..May she RIP..🙏 😇 💔😪

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