In Loving Memory

Deborah Leola Gallas, d. December 8, 2020



In Loving Memory

July 12, 1954 – December 8, 2020


Deborah Leola Gallas, 66, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mobile, AL. Her parents, Donald Edward Newby and Lillie Audrey (Gibson), joyfully welcomed her into the world on July 12, 1954. As a child in a military family, she lived in many states during her schooling years, which culminated as a graduate of St. Patrick’s Academy, in Washington DC, in 1972. Shortly thereafter, she met Ervin J. Gallas Jr., her husband of 45 years.

Throughout her career, she worked as a nursing assistant, secretary, administrative assistant, financial analyst and then in the mortgage industry for many years in Albuquerque, NM and Pascagoula, MS. She enjoyed photography, trips to the beach, line dancing and writing. Anyone that knew her knows that she loved her dogs, and she was involved with Springer Spaniel rescue, which was near and dear to her heart for many years. She was a long-time member of Parkview Nazarene Church in Mobile, AL. where she had many close friends. Most of all she enjoyed making other people happy. She was a loving and generous soul that went out of her way to put smiles on the faces of the people she loved, or someone she just met. Her family adored her and will miss her tremendously.

She is survived by her husband, Ervin J. Gallas Jr.; daughter, Audrey Gallas; grandsons, Justin Anaya, Lance Langowski, Mathias Anaya, Jade Anaya, and Crystal Anaya; daughter-in-law, Christina Renee; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by parents, Donald and Lillie Newby; brother, Donald Newby Jr.; sister Billie Elaine Newby and her beloved Son, E.J Gallas, III.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date, this will be an open house at the Gallas residence.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Audrey Gallas

    My dear sweet mother, I miss you so very much. Never knew how much until you were gone. I love you, and you will always be near to me in my heart. Thank you for all that you did for me and so many others. I am so glad you are at peace now and are free from the suffering you were experiencing in this life. Love you always and forever.

  2. Linda Heritage ( O'gwynn

    Deborah, You always helped everyone in your family and i know you are with the Father. Will miss you..

  3. Christina Renee Gallas

    Deb was one of the smartest, funny and most witty person I have ever known. She was kind, loving, and generous with affection. I’ll miss her famous bear hugs and her infectious laugh. She loved Alabama, the beaches, the food, the culture, she said she found “her place”, where she truly belonged. She adored being a grandma and spoiling her grandbabies, even as grown-ups. She was never far from her pups, or her beloved Erv ❤️. Deb was so very proud of Audrey and EJ, and would tell anyone that would listen the cute and embarrassing stories/antics of the two of them growing up. She lived her life through other people, and was the loudest of cheerleaders for her loved ones accomplishments. Your fierce and tenacious spirit will be missed Mom. May you rest in easy in peace knowing the arms of your parents, siblings, and son EJ are waiting for you.

  4. MC Havey -Martinez

    Dear Deborah .. my second mom all through high school ! I loved your laugh and your sense of humor .. I’m thankful that you are no longer suffering and that you are reunited with your loved ones who passed before you. May you rest in the sweetest peace ☮️

  5. Christine Demay

    Dear Debbie, You were such a loving wife to my brother Ervin, loving mother to my niece Audrey and nephew EJ. You did so much for everyone that needed it when they needed it. I know you are in a better place and no longer in pain and with EJ. You will be missed by many who love you 🌹💕

  6. Joanne,Ray, Lauren and Lindsay Lyszczarz


    You had the most difficult few years. Yet you managed to care for Erv, your family and extended family. You were so generous and kind. We will never forget you. ❤️❤️🙏

  7. Pat Horne

    My sweet, sweet Debbie I will miss you but know that one day there will be a wonderful reunion with you and all our family that has gone on before. Sometimes if I get the chance I will tell Audrey, your daughter some of things that we did together 😊 and how you made us all laugh and not take ourselves so serious. I wish I could be there to celebrate your life with everyone but just can’t. I love you and always will
    Aunt Pat 💖


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