With family and friends near, Deborah Michael Bozard, age 62, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, July 10, 2017. She was born in Bethesda, Maryland. She is predeceased by her parents Paul and Shirley Michael. She was a graduate of Brunswick High School, class of 1972, and obtained a Masters Degree from Old Dominion University. She married the absolute love of her life, Thomas Bozard, 37 years ago. She was a retired Special Education Teacher of 30 years with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In her last years of teaching she helped found the Supportive Employment Program with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She then went on to become the Department Chair of the Special Education Department at Ocean Lakes High School.
Debbie had battled her rare, incurable type cancer for 12 years, enduring several surgeries, chemo treatments, hospital tests and stays. During this time, her strength and faith never wavered. She made the things she loved a priority. Her family, friends, traveling, yoga, shopping, going to church, and being with her grandchildren was the passion of her life. Debbie is survived by her husband Thomas, daughter Brooke and husband Bobby Crisher and grandsons Gunner, Griffin and Granger, son Sean and wife Cassie Bozard and grandson Walker, daughter Heather Bozard, in-laws Garris and Betty Perry, brother Kevin Michael and his family, sister Brenda Wetzel and her family, brother Jerry Michael and his family, and sister Sandy Driscoll and her family. Our family would like to thank all of Debbie’s wonderful friends and volunteers that came to spend time with her over the last couple of months. She loved being surrounded by all of you and please know that having you around brought her much peace. A celebration of her life will take place in a memorial Mass of the Resurrection at 10am Friday July 21 at Saint Johns Catholic Church on Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Lung Association in Debbie’s memory.
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