Deborah Sue Harper, 47 of Bowie, Md., died unexpectedly Nov. 12, 2004, at St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel, Ind. Born May 2, 1957, in Orlando, Fla., she was the daughter of Ronald R. Leach and Phyllis Nickerson Leach.
She grew up in the Orlando area and graudated from Colonial High School. She received her undergraduate graduate degree in Political Science from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. She decided on a health care career as a speech pathologist and received her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology at the University of South Florida. She was employed as Director of Operations for Rehab Works, providing supervision for health care facilities in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.
Deborah was known for her positive attitude, joy for life and her vibrant personality. She was an active member of the Big Beautiful Women Society and the National American Association for Fat Acceptance. She was also a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
She is survived by her mother, Phyllis McAllister of Celina, Tenn.; one brother Dr. Ronald E. Leach of Brazil and Shelia Kirkman; a nephew, Brian Jones, 25, and his wife Amanda, and their two children Hayley and Alekko; a niece, Kristen Leach, 21, and her son Cade; a nephew, Ian, 19, and a niece Brittany, 17; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Alstott speaking. At her request, cremation will take place following the services. Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.