Deborah Jean Garber Caldwell, 71, transitioned from a peaceful sleep at her home in Fishersville into the arms of Jesus on December 31, 2022. Born in Greensboro, NC, she was the daughter of the late John William Garber and the late Jean Virginia Dobbins Garber.
Debbie was a 1968 graduate of Waynesboro High School and a 1971 graduate of Johnston-Willis School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse for 45 years, retiring in 2016 as Clinical Coordinator of Cardiovascular at Augusta Health with 40 years of service. She loved working with her heart patients and very seldom could go out in public without a former patient thanking her for helping them during their recovery. Debbie was a loving wife, mother, Nonnie, aunt, and sister. She loved her family unconditionally and fiercely.
She was a member of White Hill Church of the Brethren, serving as pianist and children’s choir director for many years and attended Blue Ridge Christian Church for the past few years. Her faith was the very foundation of her life and was her source of strength. It is this faith that provides comfort to her family knowing that they will see her again.
On July 10, 1971, she married the love of her life, William Folkes “Bill” Caldwell III, who survives, and together they shared a blessed union for over 51 years. During that time, they welcomed two daughters who survive: Dr. Holly Caldwell-Taylor and husband Allen of Fishersville, and Heather Caldwell Hite and husband Todd of Waynesboro. Also left to cherish her memory include the apples of her eyes, her grandchildren: Vaiden Hite, Logan Hite, and Zara Ratwani. She leaves behind a brother who was so special to her, David Garber, and wife Diana of Waynesboro, along with several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 PM, Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Henry Funeral Home.
The family will welcome visitors on Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 4 until 8 PM at the home of her daughter Holly, 204 Bel-Grene Drive Fishersville.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Henry Funeral Home.
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