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Debra Lavon Watts
September 12, 1953 ~ August 21, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Debra Lavone (Stapp) Watts ...
Debra Lavon (Stapp) Watts was born on September 12, 1953, in Comanche, Oklahoma to Betty Lavon (White) Stapp of Comanche and James Fred Stapp of Alex, Oklahoma. She passed away in her home in Duncan, Oklahoma just short of her seventieth birthday, surrounded by her loving family. She is a 15-year victim of dementia.
A graveside service will be held in Duncan Municipal Cemetery on Thursday, August 24th at 10:00 am with Pastor Lawrence Gresham officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Directors.
Family visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Carter-Smart Funeral Home
Debra (Debbie) grew up and attended school in various towns but graduated high school at Empire. Her stepfather was Clyde Qualls.
Debbie married Wayne Watts on August 5th, 1983, in Rockwall Texas and they had just celebrated 40 years together. Together they have two children, Jami Lynn (Black) Miller and husband Shawn Miller of Wheeler, Texas and Christopher Wayne Watts and wife Wesley Supron of Duncan.
Other family members include Grandson Jacob Helton and Leayh Jasmine of Wheeler, Texas and Granddaughter Jenna Helton of Wheeler, Texas. She leaves 2 sisters, Connie Kindle of Awbrey, Texas, Lori (Tammy) Dalrymple and husband Dwyann of Little Elm, Texas, and a brother, James Stapp and wife Carol of Awbrey, Texas, including several nieces, nephews and cousins. Others include her caretaker and daily companion for the past three years, Connie Adams of Randlett, OK; Her father, James Stapp of Amarillo, Texas along with stepsister, Shelly Stapp and a stepbrother Rick Stapp of Plano, Texas.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Johnny, her mother Betty Qualls and Stepfather, Clyde Qualls, her stepmother Patti Stapp, her Mother-in-law, Helen Watts and Brother-in-Law Steve Watts, and several aunts and uncles.
Following graduation from high school, Debbie began a medical profession as an ER Clerk at Duncan Regional Hospital, and she worked for various doctors, specializing in medical coding and billing, but also patient intake and care. She worked for and assisted heart specialists, surgeons, several internists, podiatrist, nephrologist, physical therapist, and managed the offices for the anesthesiologists assigned to Comanche Memorial Hospital. She had a knack for assisting her clients to collect from insurance companies.
In 2003 together with Wayne, she founded the Washita Valley Shopper in Chickasha and later purchased the Chisholm Trail Shopper, now Chisholm Trail Community News, in Duncan. She learned to be a graphic artist alongside managing the business office.
Debbie had a beautiful singing voice and loved singing in her home churches of Gatlin and Lakeside Baptist. She loved serving God and others and had a kind heart for all creatures. She imparted to her family the importance of being moral and upright citizens with integrity. She will be greatly missed.
The family appreciates the services of Helping Hands Hospice including nurses Sara, Dana and Mayci in assisting, and everyone who called, visited, prayed, brought food and other acts of kindness.