Celebrating the life of Deborah June Congdon
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Deborah June (Gray) Congdon.
Surrounded by family, Deborah passed away peacefully at the age of 73, on May 4th, 2023 near her home in Altus, Oklahoma. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 10, 1950, where she lived the majority of her young life. She was the second child, and the second daughter, of five children born to June Cordella (Tabor) Gray (of Freemon, West Virginia) and James "Jim" Wallace Gray, Sr. (of Corinth, Mississippi). She adored both of her parents who both preceded her in death.
Deborah dedicated her entire life to her family, and her nurturing instinct was apparent in all that she did. She was a devoted wife of 55 years to her high school sweetheart David Edward Congdon (Altus, Oklahoma), and a loving mother to her three daughters Christy (Congdon) Johnson (Robert Terrol Johnson, Georgia), Kimberly (Congdon) Viera (Eric Scott Viera, Colorado), and Holly (Congdon) Neff (Christopher Wayne Neff, Oklahoma) who they raised in Aurora, Colorado.
Deborah was also a proud grandmother to 13 grandchildren, [Alexei, Nicolaus (Gorka)], [Maxus, Sophia (Viera)], [Lyndon, Skylar, Michael, Georgia, Elijah, Sadie, Eden (Neff)], [Maddelyn and Robert (Johnson)] who were the light of her life. She was also close to her siblings, Daphne Gray, James "Jimmy" Gray, Jr., Michael Gray, and Stephanie Gray Ward; all of whom survive to mourn the loss of Deborah.
Deborah's love for her family was evident in everything she did, from making every holiday extra special to her love of Christmas and decorating the entire house - sometimes starting two months early. Deborah was a natural with babies and could put any little one to sleep within minutes. Her grandchildren were the lucky recipients of her love and attention, and she adored spending time with them. Her role as a grandmother brought her immeasurable joy, and she cherished their time together. A trip to grandma's house was never complete without crafts, special treats, and the creation of wonderful memories.
Deborah was kind to all she knew and loved by everyone who met her; she had an undeniable southern charm. She treasured going to the beach and looked forward to her annual tradition of going with her sisters each summer. Deborah carried herself with poise and grace, and never left the house without looking put together. Her beauty, elegance, and exotic looks turned heads, but it was her inner beauty that truly shone through. She was quick to blush and never wanted the limelight, but she had many talents most never saw. She was a voracious reader; never meeting a romance novel she didn't like. She also enjoyed crafts which she took special care to plan for family visits.
Deborah will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and nurturing will live on through her family. Rest in peace, Deborah (mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and friend), and know that you will always be loved and remembered.
Love you more; love you the mostest; love you to the moon and back. XXOO
Arrangements are under the direction of Lowell - Tims Funeral Home and Crematory, Altus, Oklahoma.
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