Debra Rae Swiger, a teacher and life-long resident of Worthington, WV, surrounded by her family went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2020 at the age of 66. She was born May 18, 1954 in Marion County, a daughter of the late John and Virginia Rowand.
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She was preceded in death by her sister Dawn Price of Van Buren, MO.
Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Harley Dean Swiger Jr. of Worthington, WV, Her five children, Harley Dean Swiger III (Natalie) of Worthington, WV, Amber Raeann Swiger of Worthington, WV, Wendy Michele Richmond (Brian) of Denver, CO, Greg Swiger of Bridgeport, WV, and Lori Jackson (Steve) of Hendersonville, NC. Twelve grandchildren, Harley Swiger IV, Kaylie Swiger, Marc Richmond, Baron Richmond, Joshua Swiger, Jordan Swiger, Jacob Swiger, Brittany Whitehead, Caroline Jackson, Gabriel Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Delaney Jackson, and seven great grandchildren. Two brothers, John Rowand (Beverly) of Schertz, TX, Kip Rowand (Debra) of Monongah, WV and several nieces and nephews.
Debbie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and teacher. She received her Bachelors of Art in Education from Fairmont State in 1976 and was a dedicated teacher in the Marion County School District. Her passion was to educate and mentor young minds and see her students reach their full potential. She gave 39 years of her life to impacting students through her pursued excellence in education. Debbie was a problem-solver who often took on the difficult classrooms with the hope of helping students succeed.
She was a spiritual person who deeply valued her relationship with God. She was a lifelong member of Sunrise Chapel in Monongah, WV. Debbie spent many hours studying scripture and listening to worship music. One of God’s promises that impacted Debbie’s life the most was the scripture from Hebrews 12: 1-3, which speaks of running our life race with perseverance, and fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Her favorite song was “It is Well with My Soul.”
Debbie loved to read and she spent countless hours enjoying her book time. She also enjoyed spending quality time with family, playing bingo, bowling, day trips to play cards at the casino, and listening to music.
Debbie took great pride in her Italian heritage. The family enjoyed years and years of amazing authentic Italian cooking, playing card games, loving, laughing, and creating wonderful memories that will carry on for generations to come. Filled with a competitive spirit, she enjoyed playing many athletics and continued this passion through coaching cheerleading and enjoying watching her children and grandchildren play sports.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. George G. Sokos, and his team from the WVU Heart & Vascular Institute, who took care of Debbie through the many stages of her illness.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation services were provided by Perine Funeral Home. There will be no public services. In lieu of sending flowers, donations can be sent to Sunrise Chapel in Monongah. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com. The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Swiger family.