Deborah R. Smith (Gorton) – October 21, 2017

Ogden/Livonia:  October 21, 2017 at age 64 years.  Predeceased by her parents Howard & Catherine (Mattison) Gorton, and step-father Gerald Turner; husbands, Eric Dytche, James Whitbourne, and Richard “Rick” Smith; siblings; Howard “Teddy” Gorton, Donna Brandow, and Linda Turner; grand-daughter Liberty Ann Widger; and step-daughter Jessica (Smith) Briggs.  Survived by her beloved Robert “Bob” Beal & family; daughters; Jodi (Greg) Crego, Renee (Adam) Widger, Brandi (Brent) Martin, and Stacey (Erik) Gleason, step-son Spencer Smith; grandchildren, Nick and Zoe Crego, Josh, Amanda, and Stacey Alberti, Whitney and Taryn Widger, Wyatt, Ava, and Travis Martin, Theodore “Teddy” and Scarlett Gleason.  Also survived by siblings; Gary (Nancy) Gorton, Lynn (Carolyn) Gorton, Leigh (Martie) Gorton, and Jerry (Deanna) Turner; mother-in-law Mary Lou Koester, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Debbie was a loving and devoted mother, sister, aunt and friend and her grandchildren were her passion and delight. She was always active and enjoyed time with her partner who exposed her to new and exciting adventures. Filled with compassion and interest for others, Debbie made friends easily and opened her arms to everyone she sensed needed it. She loved to host and entertain and enjoyed crafts, line-dancing, interior decorating, family gatherings and spoiling her grand kids. Debbie was quick with a smile and young at heart. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends may call on Thursday, November 2nd, from 4-7pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Rte 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY where her Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 3rd, at 10:00am.  Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Rush, NY.  In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to Bivona Child Advocacy Center, 1 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, NY 14608.  To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:


10 thoughts on “Deborah R. Smith (Gorton) – October 21, 2017

  1. We were only neighbors a short while, but she was very welcoming . I love to listen to the chimes she has in her back yard. I was hearing them today and I just felt a sorrow that now we will hear them without her . It was a pleasure to have been neighbors with her . She will be missed. My condolences to all family.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Debbie was truly a special, special lady. She had a way of making those around her feel cared for and loved. What a beautiful gift. I will always remember her with a smile.

  3. Brandi and Renee my condolences to you all and your family. Your mom was a great lady.

  4. My sincere condolence to Debby’s children, grandchildren and siblings. Know your in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for the gentlest of peace and comfort for you all and I know we’ll see her on the other side one day.

    We all lived at one time on the old Big Tree Road in Hemlock when we were growing up. The Gorton-Turner family on the east end near Clay Street, and us Sargeant girls on the west end, near State Route 15A. We rode the same bus to school, walked to the country store for treats and to the little store down in Hemlock. We went roller skating at Ralphy’s Roller Rink in Wayland, so many years of growing up memories.

    Peaceful Blessings to you all.

  5. My deepest condolences to the Gorton family. My thought and prayers are with you during this time of great loss.

  6. Renee and Brandi- please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. I have such fond, fun memories of your mom at Conesus Lake over our summer breaks growing up. Much love to you and your family at this difficult time.

  7. I love and miss you Bum Bum.I pray that you are walking with Jesus as I write these thoughts. Hope to see you again.
    Leigh Guy.

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