MIDLAND, Texas — Debra S. Witcher was born Debra Sue Smith on Feb. 24, 1951, in Roswell, N.M., to James Kenneth Smith and Alice Reischman Smith. Debbie was raised in Roswell and attended elementary, junior high and high school there, graduating from Goddard High School in 1969. Upon graduating from Goddard, she enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. While at the UNM, she pursued her studies in sociology and received the degree Bachelor of University Studies in 1974. During her second year at New Mexico, she met the love of her life Marv, as she so affectionately called him throughout the 40 years of their marriage. Throughout her life, Debbie enjoyed reading, water sports, camping, traveling and any activity involving her family. As a child, she was avidly active in ballet, snow skiing, water skiing and fishing. She adored her mother and father and always was so eager to spend time with her two sisters, Allegra and Kenda. She had that special bond for her brother Steve that only a brother and sister can have for one another. She was quick to put him in his place whatever he so affectionately picked at his three sisters as only a loving brother can. After moving to Midland in late 1980 with her husband Marvin, she remained busy with her homemaking duties and caring for the several pets she had through the years. She was a supportive and loving wife, participating with Marv in his various business, civic and church activities. She enthusiastically participated as a stockholder in her family’s several business ventures including Holsum Bakery of Roswell, oil and gas and television and telecommunications businesses. Later as their ventures prospered, they expanded operations into the dairy industry in Wisconsin. Her contributions to these ventures will no doubt be greatly missed. She was an active member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, being active in the Wesley Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women and the Fellowship Circle. Her quick wit and sense of humor will also be missed by all who knew and loved her. Throughout her 39-year struggle with muscular dystrophy, her life motto was, “I will continue to do what I can, and never worry about what I can no longer do!” What an inspiration those words have been to all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years Marvin D. Witcher Jr.; her daughter Ashley Diane Duvall; her sister Allegra Hanson, of Albuquerque; brother Steve Smith and wife Kathy, of Roswell; nephew Kenneth Smith and wife Krissy, of Roswell; several great-nieces and great-nephews, of Roswell; one great-great nephew; and several cousins and their families from both her mother’s and father’s families. Two special survivors include Jeffery and Kyle Stanley, of Tennessee, whom she cared for while their parents worked when they were small children.
Family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Ellis Funeral Home. Funeral service has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Online condolences may be offered at ellisfunerals.com. Memorials donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association or St. Mark’s United Method-ist Church.