Posted: November 28th, 2012

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Debra “Debbie” Michelle Gerrard who passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the age of 55 years, beloved wife of Keith Gerrard and mother to Erin (Cody Evjen), Kellen and the late Liam. She also leaves to cherish her memory three brothers, Rick Ward, Jim (Shirley) Ward and Neil Ward (Susan Howard); one sister, Kim (Tim) Filanti as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Ed and Gay Ward and her son, Liam on July 11, 1996. Debbie was born in Jasper, Alberta and moved to Medicine Hat at the age of three years old. She graduated from McCoy High School in 1975. Debbie and Keith were married on July 14, 1978. Debbie worked for a short time as an AGT operator. She worked for REDI Enterprises from 1982 to 2007, where she was instrumental in starting the REDI Social Club. At age 50, she enrolled in the Office Technology program at the Medicine Hat College and graduated on the President’s Honor Roll. She worked for two years as a temporary employee for the City of Medicine Hat. Later, she became the Regional Office Administration Assistant for the Canadian Cancer Society, a job she loved immensely. Debbie enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; she loved reading and adored her two little dogs, Smooch and Tango and her family came first above all else; she had a great sense of humour and a wonderful imagination to go along with it, making her an incredible story-teller. In honour of Debbie’s vibrant personality, bright colours are welcome at the service.
Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 30, 2012 in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (238 2nd Ave N.E.) At 11:00 a.m. with the Very Reverend Fr. Long Vu celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Suite 103 – 2003 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2M 3N4 or the Canadian Cancer Society #102 Crestwood Square One, 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Debbie Gerrard, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence. Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2

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  1. Dean Lawson says:

    Please accept my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

  2. Dale Weisgerber says:

    My condolence’s go out to all of you and your families. I was very shocked to hear about Debbie’s passing. It wasn’t too long ago that I had seen and talked to her. She was always so happy and such a caring person and certainly touched the hearts of many. She definitely will be missed by all those that knew her. My thoughts and prayer’s go out to you all at this time.

  3. Ian Robinson says:

    Hi Keith. I would like to send my condolences to you and your family
    on the passing of a dear wife, and mother. Remembering past times.

  4. Lynn says:

    lynn and colin
    keith Erin and Kellen please accept our deepest condolences. our prayers our with you all. we will always remember the wonderful times we spent with Debbie and you all in your home in canada she was a wonderful sister inlaw. god bless you all.Our thoughts are with you all.

  5. Jenny Jensen says:

    She was a beacon of inspiration and wealth of knowledge in her field. She will be missed by many. Deepest Condolences to her family and friends.

  6. Merle Linden says:

    I was so sorry to hear the news about Debbie. I had the pleasure of working with and knowing Deb for many years. I worked at Redi and then with the government branch of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. I loved her humor and imagination and her gentleness with people.

  7. Alex Newman says:

    Keith and family,
    It was with shock and sadness that I read the news of Debbie’s passing. I have very special and precious memories of working with your family and Liam all those years ago. I hope it may give some comfort to know they have been reunited in Heaven. God Bless you all.

  8. Clara & Alexa Olson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Our sympathies to you Erin, Kellen and Keith. Cherish your memories…for they will live on forever.

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