Debra K. Gerber-Owens, 69, North Manchester, passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughter and son.
Born May 24, 1951, in Marion, Ky., she was fostered by Wayne and Dorothy (Crickmore) Lydy.
After graduating from Bluffton High School in 1969, she graduated from Cosmetology school. On July 2, 1982, she married Roger Gerber. The two were wed for 33 years before divorcing on Aug. 14, 2015. They remained good friends after their divorce. Three years later, she married Charles Owens on Nov. 7, 2018.
She was a loving, kind hearted, caring woman that enjoyed helping people the best she could. She also relished her time traveling to various places. Nothing however compared to the love she had for her family and the time she spent with them, especially with her grandchildren.
The loving memory of Debra K. Gerber-Owens will be forever cherished by her husband: Charles Owens, Indianapolis; a son: Christopher Gerber, Bluffton; a daughter: Stacy (Tim) Fox, North Manchester; life-long friend: Roger Gerber; adopted sisters: Gwen Adkins, Carla Ivey, Carol Gray, and Myra Myrtle, all of Bluffton; and grandchildren: Jordan Gerber, Evyn Fox, Kadence Fox, Kelzei Fox, and Xavier Fox. She was preceded in death by her foster parents; a brother: Jim Starr; and foster sister: Cheryl Lee.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at Life Community Church, 428 S. Oak St., Bluffton, at a later date.