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Monday, July 26, 2010

Debbie Specht - Texas

Blog readers: Debbie is the wife of Bruce Specht a frequent contributor to the Heart of Glass blog , a great support of Blenko Glass. hjh


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debbie Specht, wife of Blenko collector Bruce Specht. Some of you may have met Debbie at the Progressive Dinner Party and some of you may have met Bruce and his daughter at the Aneita Fern event. Debbie lost her long and courageous battle with cancer on July 24, 2010:

. Debra Sue Specht of Vashti went to be with her Lord after a lengthy battle with Renal Cancer on July 24th 2010.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 31, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Dale Snyder officiating. Family visitation will follow in the church’s fellowship hall. In addition there will be a family gathering in October at the Specht homeplace in Vashti. Further details of that gathering will be announced at a later date.

Debbie was born Debra Sue Walton on August 19, 1962 in Dallas, Texas. She attended the Arts Magnet School at Booker T. Washington in Dallas, Texas pursuing interests in dance and theatre. Debbie later attended Junior College at Brookhaven in Farmers Branch, Texas. She was employed by various veterinary specialty services in Dallas, Texas specializing in treatment of animal cancers. She completed her advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Debbie received her Bachelor, Masters and Specialist Degrees and graduated with honors. During this time she was also employed as a nighttime 911 operator by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s Debbie attended Camp Juliette Low in Cloudland, Georgia as a camper and eventually as a counselor. She met her future husband, Bruce, at the camp who was serving as caretaker. They were reunited at a pre-camp reunion in 1990 and were married on January 11, 1991 in Milledgeville Georgia. Debbie and family would relocate to the Vashti Community in May 2001. Debbie was very active in her church and community. She took part in the rewriting of the Vashti History Book published in 2003. She assisted Frieda Duke in writing the “Visiting in Vashti” community column that appears in the Clay County Leader, Bowie News and The Shopper locally. She took over full time responsibility for writing the column after Frieda’s death. Debbie was an active member of the Vashti Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She served in several capacities at her church, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wichita Falls. Debbie was church congregational secretary from 2004-08, and a substitute Sunday school teacher. She served as director of the Sonshine Daycare Center in 2008.
Debbie will be known by her friends as a woman who was passionate about nature, God’s creatures, children and education. She dedicated much of her life as a caretaker of these principles.
Debbie is survived by her husband Bruce, daughters Katie and Kayla of Vashti, Texas, father, Kenneth Walton of Farmers Branch, Texas, mother, Beverly Blackwood of Denison, Texas, sisters Jodi Donohue of Cherokee, Texas and Leah Teachout of Bokeelia Florida along with 5 nieces and 4 nephews.

Memorials may be made to Camp Juliette Low of Cloudland Georgia, Hospice of Wichita Falls, or to the Scholarship fund at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I DID NOT KNOW MRS> S BUT AS BLOG READERS WE KNOW THIS LADY AND HER HUSBAND BRUCE THRU THEIR PHOTOS AND THE WONDERFUL STORIES HE CONTRIBUTED TO HILARY"S BLOG.
I RECALL THE PUNCH BOWL SET STORY AND AFTER READING SAYING TO MY PARTNER IF ID HAD A MAN LIKE THIS ID STILL BE HAPPILY MARRIED.
MOUNTAIN RITA
MY HEART FELT SYMPATHY TO THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY.

westvirginiajanis said...

Now we know why Bruce has not been contributing to the BLENKO blog. He has been going through this personal tragedy. His wife wasn't even 50 years old. Look at how much she accomplished in her short time on earth. Bruce, I hope you are surrounded by family and loved ones. This will be tough.

lewisdvmphd said...

Glassdoc
If you are planning to send a contribution from the blog
provide an address and we'll send a check to help.
We all owe Bruce a great deal.
He's been a great mentor and teacher - while involved in the battle of a life time.
Our prayers to his family.
Lewis

Anonymous said...

Hilary
I also want to contribute.
Margie Hale

Tim said...

Summer Address:
Camp Juliette Low
321 Camp Juliette Low Road
Cloudland, GA 30731

Phone: 706/862-2169
Fax: 706/862-6525

Winter Address
Camp Juliette Low
PO Box 5113
Marietta, GA 30061

Phone: 770/428-1062
Fax: 770/428-1302

Hospice of Wichita Falls
4909 Johnson Road
Wichita Falls, TX 76310-2547
(940) 691-0982


Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
4605 Cypress Avenue
Wichita Falls, TX 76310-2540
(940) 692-3690

sweetdoc said...

Hilary
Our little group of less than 21
meets every other weekend. We'll make a contribution, should we do this as a group or do you plan something from the Blog? If so we can send our checks to you.
Reading the obit, brings into focus the important things in life.
Family, friends a good meal with those you love.
Each and everyone of us could take a lesson from this ladies life.
Thank you for allowing this post.

Anonymous said...

Ted E.
Want to express my sympathy.

Dr.BOB said...

My best wishes to the Specht family.
Debra's fight against cancer is one that should have been fought by the government long ago.
We can put a man on the moon, and thousands of young men in the middle east but we haven't the funds, or the time to cure cancer.
Very touching obit.

Dr.BOB said...

Mountain Rita
My wife also was in envy of Debra when she read the punch bowl
story. Bruce is living proof not all men are created equal.
He's a head above me.

Dr.BOB said...

Mountain Rita
My wife also was in envy of Debra when she read the punch bowl
story. Bruce is living proof not all men are created equal.
He's a head above me.

chitrakahn said...

I don't share in your sorrow
I rejoice in the life it would appear Debra n Bruce shared.
Debra s evolution to the next life began and she will be without suffering.
I will contribute with the blog to a fund.
We're a small group and we've lost one of our own.

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to the Sprecht family. I've been on that journey and the support of family and friends is a tremendous comfort at this time.
Car Girl

Anonymous said...

We have walked this path, and many of us who are blessed with knowing our Master believe we will again be reunited with our loved ones.
Bruce may you experience the peace only made possible with knowing your master.
Suzan

Phani said...

Deepest sympathies from B and I.