Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Peterson, 68, of Walkersville, MD passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with Corticobasal Degeneration Syndrome. She was the loving wife of Harold “Wayne” Peterson, Jr. for 50 years.
Born on November 4, 1954, in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Catherine Toms. Debbie grew up in Woodsboro, MD, traveled extensively and lived for many years in California, New Jersey and England while her father was serving in the Air Force. Debbie always had a knack for making new friends wherever she went. She graduated from Walkersville High School in 1972 where she enjoyed all school activities. Most people in Walkersville will remember Debbie’s smiling face at the post office where she greeted customers for over 30 years until her retirement in 2011. Debbie was also a Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher at South End Baptist Church in Frederick, MD. Debbie’s greatest joy was the time spent with her family. She loved attending and volunteering at her sons’ and her grandchildren’s different activities and sporting events.
In addition to her husband Wayne, she is survived by two sons, Jeremy Wayne Peterson and wife, Jennifer of Walkersville, MD and Timothy Brett Peterson and wife Danielle of Great Falls, VA; five grandchildren, Abigail Susan and Madison Lynn Peterson of Walkersville, MD and Owen Toms, Cole Warner and Brynn Catherine Peterson of Great Falls, VA; one brother Richard Toms, Jr. and wife Pamela of Woodsboro, MD; nieces Chelsey Toms of Woodsboro, MD and Ashlen Toms Cotterman and husband Chad of Destin, FL; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends; and her loyal basset hound, Little Beau.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD. Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 10:00am at Stauffer Funeral Home. Interment will be at Glade Cemetery in Walkersville, MD. Social gathering and lunch to follow at Dulany’s Overlook at 7701 Dance Hall Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to South End Baptist Church, 506 Carrollton Dr. Frederick, MD 21701 and Cure PSP, 325 Hudson St. 4th Floor New York, NY 10013.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com.