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Debby Wallace, who recently penned the book Home of the Blues: 35 Years of the Double Door Inn, died last week.

Wallace, who was a retired registered nurse, had turned to freelance writing in recent years, contributing articles to various medical news outlets along with local publications such as Charlotte Magazine and Amps 11.

"Debby seemed to fit so much life into every day, which makes this sudden passing all the more unbelievable," says her Home of the Blues co-author and photographer Daniel Coston. "(The book) was a lot of work, but the joy that we both got from the response from the book is something I'll always treasure. I take immense pride in being part of something that gave Debby so much happiness over the last couple of years.

"She recently told friends that she was as happy now as she'd ever been, if not happier. I'm really glad that she got to see the book's publication. It really meant so much to her."

Coston said he will be at the June 20 book signing at Joseph Beth's in SouthPark Mall from 2 to 4 p.m. After that, he'll have to see what the future holds. "I'll do my best to keep the work that she did going," he says. "It's really strange now to talk about the project or the Double Door in a singular sense."

Wallace had two children, Michael and Michelle. A funeral service was held on June 6.

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