Deborah Lynn Gotcher Stanger

Deborah Lynn Gotcher Stanger


Deborah Lynn Gotcher Stanger, age 71, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., surrounded by her husband, son and daughter by her side, went to Our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born March 24, 1952 in Brownwood, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Melvin Durwood and Juanita Ray Elliott Gotcher.

It takes a skillful artist to paint our lives. Our creator often commissions more artists to paint the colors of the sky, sunset, ocean, spring flowers and all of the details that make up this earthly world. On March 29, 2023, he called another artist home. Debbie’s artistic eye and skilled hands will now be used to add color to our world. With a quick swipe of our creator’s brush Debbie left her earthly home surrounded by loved ones and joined friends and family that have gone before her.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Michael F. Stanger, one son, Chad Ferguson and his partner, Raudel Caldera, one daughter, Shae Nelson and her husband Brian, one brother, Darrell Bullard and his wife Kathy, one sister, Glenda Traweek and her husband Larry, five grandchildren, Alex Nelson and his wife Allison, Caitlyn Day, Sam Day, Jack Nelson, Brandon Ferguson and Baily Ferguson, three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Macklan and Baby Day, nieces and nephews, Kyle Traweek and his wife Kathleen, Tim Bullard, Shawnee Traweek, Christie Stanger, Tony Elliott and wife Kathi and numerous great nieces and nephews.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Debbie served in the United States Army from February 17, 1987 until her honorable discharge on August 9, 1990 at the rank of a Specialist, where she was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge with M16 Rifle Bar and Driver and Mechanic Badge. She worked as a dietician and florist. Debbie was an artist who worked hard and took pride in all that she did. She was most passionate about family, friends and loved ones and was always quick to lend a hand or offer guidance. Debbie was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandma and great grandma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 67 Liberty Street, Berkeley Springs, WV. Father Mikee Lecias and Father John Rice as celebrants. Burial with graveside military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be in the Stanger Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Kelli Peacemaker, Jerry G. Parker, Bill Mauck, the Harrold Family, Karen Burtnick, the Shrier’s, Coleman Stanger, Patrick McBee, Alex Nelson, Hospice of the Panhandle and Chad for coming one week, every month- Love.

Rejoice and celebrate her passing from her flesh body; she is not hurting anymore.

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