With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to Debra Lynn Vandiver-Ferguson, a beloved wife, mother, sister grandmother, and friend. Debra passed away on January 20, 2023, surrounded by her family.
Debra was born was born on August 10, 1959, in Barberton, Ohio to Lenzo and Ruby Vandiver. She was a cherished sibling to six brothers and one sister. Debra was also a devoted wife to her husband, Stephan Ferguson, and a cherished mother to her three children, Lorrenza, Miranda and Reuben Vandiver. She was also a proud grandmother to five precious grandchildren. Her love for her family was boundless and her presence in their lives was a constant source of comfort, love and joy.
Debra's love of cooking and baking was well-known among her family and friends, particularly her famous German Chocolate Cake and Pound Cake. Her passion for baking anything sweet was undeniable, and her creations brought joy to those who were lucky enough to taste them. Her love for music was also evident in her youth, where she sang at church and enjoyed playing the piano. She had a special connection to music and often found solace in singing and listening to her favorite songs.
Debra's reach extended far beyond her immediate family. She was a friend to all, with a heart as big as the sky and a smile that could light up any room. Her strength and resilience were an inspiration to those around her, and her ability to connect with anyone she met was a true gift.
Debra's passing leaves a gaping hole in the lives of all who knew her, but we take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her heavenly father. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her family and friends, who will always treasure the laughter, love, and beautiful moments they shared with her.
Debra was survived by her husband, Stephan Ferguson, siblings Larry Vandiver, Miranda Lewis, and Robert Vandiver, her children, Lorrenza, Miranda and Reuben Vandiver, and her grandchildren, Aleeyah, Lanea, Hazel, Sidney, and Adonis. Debra was preceded in death by her parents: Lenzo & Ruby Vandiver, siblings Lenzo, Albert, Ernest, and John Vandiver.
Debra's wish was to be cremated and to not hold a viewing or funeral service. Instead, she wanted people to celebrate her life, not mourn it. In loving memory of Debra, we leave you with this poem:
She walked with grace and poise,
With a heart that shone like gold.
Her love and strength a constant force,
Her stories will forever be told.
She touched the lives of many,
With her gentle and caring way.
And though she's gone, her memory,
Will forever be here to stay.
Rest in peace, dear Debra,
You will be deeply missed,
But your light will shine forever,
In the hearts of those you've kissed.
We love you.