Born: 1/29/1957 Died: 7/15/2011 Maiden Name: Sanner Honorific: N/A
Debra Lynn Marker passed away on July 15, 2011, at her home in Bakersfield, Calif. Debra was born in Jacksboro, Texas, on Jan. 29, 1957, to Bill Leon Marker and Fern Louise Sanner. Shortly after Debra’s birth, the family moved to Rio Vista, Calif., where Debra grew up along with her sister and brother. Debra graduated Rio Vista High School in 1975. In 1976, she moved to Bakersfield, Calif., with her parents, where she attended California State University Bakersfield. Debra earned a master’s degree in school counseling and a master’s degree in education administration. She worked tirelessly in various educational field positions for over 30 years, including a P.E. teacher, assistant principal and principal. She was a natural with children of all ages as well as their families. She could calm down any dispute with her terrific sense of humor and intelligence. Debra truly loved all her students and wanted nothing but success for each one. She loved sports and was always involved with various team activities in and out of school. Everyone loved her gift of laughter and good-natured pranks. Debra was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Charles “Chuck” Sanner and Louise Cunningham; paternal grandparents, Leon Edwin Marker and Jewell Roberta Walker; her brother, Ricky Lee, and her mother, Fern. Debra is the great-great-granddaughter of William A. Sanner and Margaret “Maggie” Frances Tucker, one of the original enrollees of the Choctaw Nation. Debra is survived by her father, Bill, of Bakersfield; her sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Bob Withers of Grand Junction, Colo.; her brother, Bill, of South Tahoe, Calif.; and three nieces, Sherrie Withers Cruz of Salt Lake City, Tiffany Marker of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Courtney Marker of Sacramento, Calif.