Deborah Wilson Obituary (1953 – 2022) – Marion, NC

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Deborah Faye De Garde Wilson

October 2, 1953 – February 10, 2022

On Thursday, February 10, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, Mrs. Deborah “Debbie” DeGarde Wilson, 68, of Glenwood, North Carolina, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Saviour.

Debbie was born on October 2, 1953 to the late Howard and Faye DeGarde at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.

Known to friends and family as “The Queen”, she grew up in the Ridgewood community of New York, before her family moved to Thomasville, North Carolina. A graduate of Appalachian State University, The Queen was a career educator, teaching elementary school children in Davidson County before moving to McDowell County. She retired as a kindergarten teacher from Marion Elementary in 2009, after more than 33 years. She then took on the role of babysitter and taxi driver to her beloved grandchildren.

A long-time and dedicated member of Glenwood Baptist Church, the Queen served as Director of VBS for over 30 years. Outside of her church, she served as a Girl Scout leader and was very involved with Sister Chicks.

Debbie will be remembered for her ever cheerful attitude and enduring faith and spirit. Throughout her illness, the Queen maintained a hopeful spirit and never lost faith that her Lord was walking with her.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Rick Wilson; and his daughter, Amy Wilson Dowdle (Josh), of Glenwood; and son Josh, of Genoa, IL. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, whom she adored Jackson, Cora and Judge Dowdle. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

A homecoming celebration will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., at Glenwood Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church, followed immediately by the funeral service, with Reverends Keith Jamison and Chad Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory helps the Wilson family. For more information and/or to sign the guestbook, visit our website, www.beamfuneralservice.comor call (828) 559-8111.

Published by The McDowell News on February 13, 2022.

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