Deborah Ann Mohr, 60, of Petersburg W.Va., passed away June 21, 2017 peacefully at her home.
Born December 11, 1956, in Brockton, Mass., she was the daughter of William and Mary Ronis.
Debbie graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Alexandria, VA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Shepherd University and her Master’s degree in Special Education from West Virginia University. Always helpful to those in need, Debbie dedicated her life to serving disadvantaged adults and children. She was a special education teacher in Hardy and Grant Counties, and worked tirelessly in Grant County Schools Administration as Director of Student Services until her illness necessitated her recent retirement.
Debbie’s family was her passion. She married Robert Mohr on December 8, 1990 at Hickory Hill Farm in the Petersburg Gap. A loving and supportive wife, a dedicated and tender mom, and the best Nana in the world, she was always up for an adventure (even when it included a Civil War battlefield tour) and loved to lounge on the beach with a good book and Jimmy Buffet playing in the background. She loved to find time to be creative and over the years knitted, cross-stitched, and crafted. Most recently she found artistic expression painting in watercolor. Her beautiful smile, warm embrace, humor, and loving advice will be deeply missed by her family.
Debbie always said that there is a reason for everything and that all life’s peaks and valleys are part of God’s plan. She trusted Christ in all things and through her battle with cancer her belief and faith strengthened. We find peace in knowing that she fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith, and was awarded her crown of righteousness in heaven.
Debbie is survived by her husband of 26 years Robert Mohr; her sons, Scott (Aaron) Meehan of Tacoma, Wash., Chris (Tara) Meehan of Petersburg, W.Va., James (Kelly) Meehan of Scottsdale, Ariz., and William Mohr of Petersburg, W.Va.; her parents William (Mary) Ronis of Stephens City, Va.; brothers, Bill (Brec) Ronis of Willow Creek, Calif., James (Catherine) Ronis of Potomac, Md., and John (Laura) Ronis Leesburg, Va.; nine nieces and nephews; and her grandchildren, Charlotte, Lily, Kamden, and Addyson Meehan.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday July 1 at 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Petersburg High School Scholarship Fund c/o Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400 Petersburg, W.Va., 26847. The funds will be allocated to a scholarship fund in Deborah’s name that will be established by the family.