Debra Anne (Dozah) Mefford, 65, passed away peacefully with her family at her side from complications of cancer on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at her home in Powell.
She was born Oct. 9, 1953, in Greeley, Colorado, to Eugene “Coach” and Patricia (Golden) Dozah.
She was a 1972 graduate of Powell High School, excelling in swimming under the direction of her dad, Coach Dozah. She graduated from the Sheridan College Dental Hygiene program and loved her work and her patients for nearly 40 years that she worked in Powell. Her true passion was helping people, and she thrived as an EMT for the Powell Hospital for over 15 years.
She had a stellar knack for problem solving under pressure and was a natural leader which made her an adored co-worker and caretaker.
She married Gary Mefford on Aug. 14, 1976, in a typical animated Mefford/Dozah celebration, and they always affectionately referred to each other as “my best friend.”
Debbie’s favorite place to be was in the mountains, riding her horses, and the smell of sage after a fresh rain. She passionately loved animals, saved many strays and adored to be outside beautifying her yard or walking the fields with her dogs. She also loved her coffee, red wine, baking homemade bread and kitchen gadgets.
Although she liked her alone time, she cared the most about her friends and family and found great joy in giving gifts in which she always was extraordinarily thoughtful. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep way and help them through the toughest of times.
She and the love of her life, Gary, had two beautiful children, Kassidy Mefford Love and Paul Mefford. Her children were the light of her life as well as her two grandsons, Maverick Paul Love and Indio Gunnison Love. She took in several of her children’s friends as if they were her own, and they opened up to her like a trusted companion, including Denny Sullivan, who she considered like a son.
She was an avid football fan and loved watching the Denver Broncos and the Wyoming Cowboys with her husband Gary, sister Denise, sister-in-law Maureen, cherished Denny and son-in-law Benny Love.
She is survived by her husband, Gary; her sister, Denise (Maureen) Dozah of Casper; daughter Kassidy (Benny) Love and grandkids Maverick and Indio Love, all of San Pancho, Mexico; as well as her two dogs, Zoey and Bear, and horses Onyx and Bella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pat and Gene Dozah; and her son, Paul Mefford.
Family, friends and others whose lives Debbie touched are invited to a celebration of her life which is scheduled on Friday afternoon (her choice) on Jan. 4, 2019, at the Presbyterian Church in Powell. The exact time is to be determined.