Deborah Susan “Debbie” Gabriel Macri, 63, a resident of Mountain Top, died peacefully April 14, 2018, with her family at her bedside at Celtic Healthcare Hospice inpatient unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following a year-long battle with cancer.
Born Jan. 26, 1955, in Union Twp., Huntardon County, N. J., she was the daughter of the late Doris Gabriel.
Educated in the New Jersey schools, she was a member of the 1973 graduating class of the Battin High School, Elizabeth, N. J. She then attended Slippery Rock State College from 1973-1975. From 1975 until 1980, Debbie worked toward her bachelor’s degree in education from Kean College in New Jersey. While at Kean, she excelled in softball, earning the rank of “All Conference Softball Player, Division 1.” She later continued her education towards her vocation at the former Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, where she earned two master’s degree in education.
Until her retirement last year, Debbie was employed for 18 years by Crestwood Area School District as a health and physical education teacher. Prior to that, she worked with the Keystone Job Corps. Center in Drums from 1980 until 1986.
She is remembered by those who knew and loved her as being a wonderful loving mother and grandmother to her family, who was so grateful to meet her newest grandchild, “Little Nate,” before her passing. Debbie was also an avid sports enthusiast, being a big fan of the New York Giants.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. James P. Macri, on April 12, 2012. At the time of Jim’s passing, the couple shared 24 years of married life together.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Christopher, Everett, Wash.; Jennifer L. M. Hogan and her husband, Nathaniel IV and their newborn son, Nathaniel V, Woodbridge, Va.; step-daughter, Carrie Macri-Tereska and her husband, Adam and their children, Sereya and Kiara, Mountain Top; several brothers and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial funeral service for Debbie is planned for 7 p. m. Wednesday, April 18, from the Wilkes-Barre Heights location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 281 E. Northampton St. Relatives and friends may join her family from 5 p. m. until the time of services at the funeral home for visitation and remembrances.
Interment will be private and at the Macri family’s convenience.
The family would be touched if those wishing to send a monetary contribution in their mother’s memory, kindly consider the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.
To send Debbie’s children and their family words of comfort, a fond remembrance of her, to light a virtual candle in her memory, or for information, please visit our family’s website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.