DEB­O­RAH ANN MCGURK APR 24, 1962 - OCT 14, 2018

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - News -

Deb­o­rah Ann (Tyler) McGurk beloved dis­ci­ple, wife, mother, teacher and friend, passed away on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at Mercy Hos­pi­tal af­ter a 10 month bat­tle with can­cer. She was born in Santa Bar­bara and lived there un­til the age of 14 when her fam­ily moved to the Santa Ynez Val­ley. She grad­u­ated from High School there, at­tended Al­lan Han­cock Col­lege (where she was ASB Pres­i­dent) and went on to re­ceive her BA de­gree from West­mont Col­lege in Mon­tecito. She started a suc­cess­ful sum­mer day camp pro­gram for the Santa Ynez Val­ley Pres­by­te­rian Church and it was there she met and mar­ried Dave McGurk. Af­ter a year of mar­riage, they felt a call into min­istry and moved to Prince­ton, NJ where Dave went to sem­i­nary while Deb­bie worked at Mer­rill Lynch Assess­ment Man­age­ment in the le­gal depart­ment. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion they re­turned to Cal­i­for­nia to Merced, where Deb­bie be­gan her ca­reer as an ed­u­ca­tor. She held a clear CA teach­ing cre­den­tial and taught kinder­garten but found be­ing a read­ing spe­cial­ist fit bet­ter with her life. She loved all of her stu­dents es­pe­cially her friend Stacy whom she tu­tored for over 25 years. She was a Dea­con at Cen­tral Pres­by­te­rian Church and ini­ti­ated their Dea­cons’ Shep­herd­ing pro­gram. Her true joy though was in be­ing a mom to Mat­tie and Tyler. She taught their Sun­day School classes and vol­un­teered in their class­rooms. Her ded­i­ca­tion to mother­hood was un­matched; she never missed a bal­let recital, soc­cer, base­ball, or bas­ket­ball game, or any school event. She held down the home front so Dave could be avail­able to the con­gre­ga­tion. She was the “fun mom” who took weekly trips to the beach dur­ing the sum­mer with a car load of kids.

Deb­bie was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, James M. Tyler and Chloe (Wilder) Tyler, and her brother Mas­ter Gun­nery Sergeant Greg S. Tyler, USMC re­tired. She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 31 years, Dave McGurk, her chil­dren, Mat­tie Ann of Clo­vis, CA and Tyler James of Mal­ibu, CA, sis­ter Tracey Win­gereid, many in-laws and nieces and nephews, as well as friends she con­sid­ered to be fam­ily.

In lieu of flow­ers the fam­ily asks you to do­nate to Cen­tral Pres­by­te­rian Church, the Sal­va­tion Army Help­ing Hands Pro­gram, Merced or En­durance (with Jan and Dave Dravecky). Deb­bie’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Life and Wit­ness to the Res­ur­rec­tion ser­vice will be held at Cen­tral Pres­by­te­rian Church, 520 W. 20th Street, Merced, at 11:00 am on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29th.


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