Debra was born March 13, 1958, in Sacramento, CA. She came into this world in her own way. She was born breach, in the car, at the front of the emergency entrance at the hospital! Debra moved to Ely in 1971, with her mother and sister. She attended McGill Grade and played the clarinet in the band. Debra was a member of the WPHS band, she learned guitar, and worked in the family business, the Flower Basket. She graduated from White Pine High School in 1975. She attended UNR, for two years, studying metallurgical engineering. She worked at Park Lane Floral and Riverside Florist, both in Reno. Debra also worked as a dental assistant in Carson City and Incline Village. She moved to Utah and worked at Park City Floral. She moved back to Ely and married Roger Lerch on September 13, 1990. They eventually settled in McGill, but still spent time in LasVegas. Debra was a Life Time member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. James Jewel Post #3547 and served as secretary for a short period of time. She enjoyed music, movies, and cooking. Her favorite place in the world was Graniteville, CA. There she spent many summers, with her Gram, in a primitive miner’s cabin, with no electricity or hot water, often sleeping out under the big trees, peering at the stars through the opening between the tree tops.
Debra is survived by her parents, Maureen Vaught of Ely, and Jess & Georgia Thompson of Sacramento, her husband Roger of McGill, stepchildren, Joey and Christina and their children, her aunts, Sandra Archer and Annice Jo Read, both of Sacramento, her sister, Cricket Hermansen, and her brother, Brandon Vaught, stepsisters, Lauri Howle and Janeen Vickrey, and several, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Debra was preceded in death by her stepfather, Gene Vaught and stepbrother, Tony Wilson. The family is requesting that anyone wishing to send a remembrance, to please send it to the Ladies V.F.W. Auxiliary at James Jewel Post #3547, in honor of Debra.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Graniteville.