Deborah Dobson, 63, Fredericksburg

Deborah Kay Dobson, 63, of Fredericksburg, went peacefully home to be with God on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012, at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Deb was born March 2, 1949, in Millersburg to Merrill and Cleota (Sturgis) Smith, and was a 1967 graduate of Waynedale High School. She attended Lee-McRae College in North Carolina, and retired from Wayne-Medina Community Action following 33 years of service, where she was a pre-school teacher and later disabilities coordinator.

Deb served as the mayor of Fredericksburg for 20 years, retiring in 2011 and had previously served several years on village council. She attended Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, where she served as music leader, sang in the choir, helped with Vacation Bible School and worked on the stain glass window project.

She was a member of Moreland Garden Club and was a Fredericksburg Library volunteer. Deb had made her home in Fredericksburg most of her life and in 2009 was honored with the Special Recognition Award for her faithful services to the community. She enjoyed music, gardening, traveling, spending time with family and attending her granddaughters school and athletic events.

She will be greatly missed by daughter, Lori (Mike) Mullins of Fredericksburg, and son, Chad Dobson of Lakewood; granddaughters, Alexis, Brenna, Olivia and Madelyn Mullins; her father, Merrill Smith of Fredericksburg; sisters, Jackie (Allen) Lewis of Holmesville and Bobbi Jo (Jay) Lax of Orrville; a brother, Michael Smith of Wooster; and a nephew and niece, Jason (Michelle) Lax and Jami Lax.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Cleota "Coty" Smith in 2005.

Memorial services were Saturday, Nov. 10 at Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jack McClelland officiating.

Arrangements were handled by Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life; Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691; or Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 259, Fredericksburg 44627.

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