Wife of Richard Vatovec

Deborah Ann Gregory was born on December 6, 1950 in Amma, West Virginia. She was lovingly adopted by Delbert and Mildred Gregory of Charleston, West Virginia. She graduated from Charleston HighSchool in 1969. Was married to Richard J Vatovec on June 23, 1973 becoming Deborah G. Vatovec. She attended Jefferson State Junior College for about a year. Debby was very active in our Catholic Parish lady’s groups for church support and craft fairs. Both Debby and Rich were active in Church choirs at Our Lady of Lourdes and Holy Infant of Prague parishes. Debby was loving and giving. When friends had a new baby, were out of the hospital or fighting cancer, She was the bunny with a care basket and concerned look on her loving face. Debby gave up her freedom to care for her elderly mother for 10 years. Debby and Rich were active in the Central Alabama Miata Society driving their little car all over the country. She loved to visit craft fairs and was talented at crafts. In later years she suffered from disabling mobility issues that limited her involvement in the activities that she loved. She loved cooking, listening to music and watching English mysteries. Debby was the Queen of my life. It was an honor and a privilege to share my life with her. We were not blessed with children, but we were blessed with each other. Debby left us to be with the Lord on January 19, 2023. She is predeceased by her parents Delbert and Mildred and brother Jackson. She is survived by Richard her loving husband of 49 years, her Sister Fonda Thomas of Beckley, WV, her Brother Donald Curtis of Parkersburg, WV, her Sister-in-law Margie Kipp and Brother-in-law Ed Kipp of Gardendale, AL. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church 8090 Gadsden Highway (Route 11), Trussville, AL. There will be visitation at the church at 10AM followed by a funeral mass service at 11AM. Internment of the urn in its niche will follow the mass at the church.

Richard J Vatovec
Trussville, AL

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  1. Rich – So sorry to hear about Deborah. My condolences to you and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Take care my friend,
    Marty Sims

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