Debra Gayle Walters (65)
Maiden name: Debra Gayle Edwards; first marriage: Debra Gayle Shugart
Debra of Mobile, AL went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 13, 2019. She gained her wings late Saturday evening. She passed peacefully at home. Born January 19, 1954 in Astoria, Oregon, she was the daughter of Virginia G. Edwards and the late Colon L. Edwards, and also sister to the late Douglas W. Edwards.
Debra is survived by her mother, Virginia (Gaynelle) Edwards; her daughters Kelly Melissa Tate (Chuck) and Hayley Lauren Stilwell (Mark); her beloved grandson, Adam Douglas Stilwell; her nephew, Colin L. Edwards (Whitney) & great nephews Hugh & Wade Edwards, two Aunts: Camille (Bop) Green and Catherine (Sue) Carey, as well as several cousins, other family members, and friends.
Debra was raised in Pascagoula, MS where she graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1972. After High School, she served in the United States Army as 75B20 Unit Clerk from August 1975 until her honorable discharge in May 1976. She was stationed in Fort Rucker AL. Several years after being discharged from the Army, Debra held the position as Medical Assistant at a local doctor's office. She also worked many years in the retail industry, where she made lots of friends. Her laugh was infectious. She always had a way of joking around with others and putting a smile on their face(s).
Debra had such a big heart. She was very compassionate and understanding. She always put eveyone else first. Debra would give you her last dollar or last bit of food, even the shirt off her back just to make sure others were comfortable and happy. Not only was she giving to people, her love of animals was a big deal for her. She would always open her home up to stray animals, just so that they wouldn't starve or be victims of harsh weather.
Debra's pride and joy, was her two daughters, Kelly and Hayley. There was nothing in the world that made her happier, than knowing her daughters were brought up well and successful. Along with her daughters, Debra absolutely loved music. Whether it be 70s, 80s, Motown, etc, she always had some form of music playing. That was her escape when she needed a break from everyday routine. In addition to her daughters, she adored her only grandchild, Adam. The two were like peas in a pod.
Sadly, Debra was taken away from us too soon, but her spirit will always remain alive in the hearts that knew and loved her well. She will truly be missed.
In Debra's memory, there will be a gathering of family and friends for dinner at Golden Corral banquet hall in West Mobile, AL beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, April 19, 2019. Dutch payment.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any of the following non-profit charities:
*The American Legion (helping Veteran's and their families)
*American Heart Association
*Waterfront Mission (feeding the homeless)
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