Deborah Christine (Freeto) Ballam

CHERRYFIELD — Deborah Christine (Freeto) Ballam June 22, 1951 – Aug. 3, 2012

On Aug. 3, 2012, Deborah Christine (Freeto) Ballam passed on peacefully at home.

During the past three years, Deb has been inspirational to all those who witnessed her courage, determination, selflessness and endurance as she confronted the enormous challenges brought on by cancer. She leaves her loving husband, Charles Hitchings; her devoted two sons, Jacob and Joshua Levine; and three adoring sisters, Diana Louis, Sandy Peterson and Sherry Hadden. She will also be truly missed by her stepdaughter, Crystal Hitchings. Her spirit will remain in the hearts of all those who love her.

Anyone who knew Deb knew her passion for her horses. Indeed, she had a special connection with them and shared her enthusiasm with many, especially the kids who were involved in her therapeutic riding program. Deb was proud of her collection of hard earned ribbons and trophies but what really mattered to her was just “being” with her horses — grooming them, feeding them, smelling them, listening to them, training them, watching them frolic, and loving them. For the past 40 years, as a psychotherapist, Deb offered her insight, compassion and deep caring to people of all ages in their time of need, often working with the most challenging cases. She loved her profession, and used her keen intuition and analytical skills to touch and help heal many lives. Deb was also a tennis enthusiast, both as a spectator and as a player. From an early age, coached by her mother, she enjoyed both casual and competitive games, once winning the annual Chocorua Mixed Doubles Tournament. In her last month Deb jotted down the following about herself: “horsewoman, writer, sketcher, mom, wife, counselor/listener, outdoors person, canoer, tennis player, sister, ‘ol same,’ compassionate, outspoken, provocative, creative, good friend.” Indeed, she knew herself.

Deb requested that friends and family gather to celebrate her life, spread her ashes where the horses graze, visit with her horses at the barn, with music, laughter and fond memories. All are invited to an ongoing after NOON to celebrate Deb’s passion for her horses and the land. Her sons, Jake and Josh, have scheduled this for Saturday afternoon, Sept 8, 2012, at her home, 685 Blacks Woods Road, Cherryfield. Her favorite sorbet from Morton’s Moo and other refreshments will be offered. In Deb’s memory, donations may be made to the First Light Farm Horse Rescue, P.O. Box 42, Perry, ME 04667 ( or the Ark Animal Shelter, 60 Barber Lane, Cherryfield, ME 04622.

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