In Memory

Debra Purcell (Stretch) - Class Of 1971



 
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12/18/12 06:00 AM #1    

Michael Augustyn (1970)

McCook Daily Gazette - Jul 2, 1997

Debra Sue (Purcell) Stretch, 44, passed away Monday (June 16, 1997) at her residence in Sierra Vista, Ariz. She had been a resident of Sierra Vista for nine months.
Debra was born in McCook on May 4, 1953 to Duane and Billye (Deck) Purcell. She served in the US Army during Desert Storm, retiring after 17 years as a Master Sergeant at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
She is survived by her husband, Jason Frye, III, and three children, Jason IV, Jennifer and Jessica, all of Sierra Vista; her mother, Billey and husband, Delbert Deck, of Farmington N.M.: one brother, Michael Purcell and wife, Jackie, of Longmont, Colo.: two sisters, Teresa and husband, David Hartman, of Omaha and Sandy and husband, Bob Scott, of Springville, Calif.; several nieces, nephews and many close friends.
Graveside services with full military honors were held June 23, 1997, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. The Auxiliary Honor Guard of New Mexico provided the honors.
The Family requests that memorial contributions be made in the name of Debra S. Stretch to the American Cancer Society, c/o Charlotte McGhee, 793 Charles Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ, 85635.

The Soldier
It has always been the soldier:
It is the soldier,
not the President, who gives us democracy.
It is the soldier,
not the Congress, who takes care of us.
It is the soldier,
not the reporter, who has given us Freedom of Press.
It is the soldier,
not the poet, who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the soldier,
not the campus organizer, who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag
that allows the protester to burn the flag.

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