Deborah Ann Gingell


Mrs. Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gingell, 62, wife of William “Bill” Gingell III and a resident of Wachapreague, formerly of Chesapeake Beach, Md., passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home. Born Nov. 16, 1958, in Prince George’s County, Md., she was the daughter of Pat Miller (Shorty Grierson) and the late William Wesner Sr.

Debbie had a beautiful heart, one that loved everyone completely and unconditionally. Known to many as “Mama Deb,” her home was open to all and there wasn’t a kid that came through the door that didn’t feel like they were one of her own. She loved spending days at the beach searching for shells and sand dollars and was often found reading or putting a puzzle together. Deb enjoyed sitting on her front porch listening to the birds chirp and looked forward to her next trip with her husband and best friend, Bill. Above all else, she was happiest when surrounded by loved ones, especially her grandchildren. Deb leaves behind priceless memories filled with exemplary examples of strength, perseverance, and how to show and give love, and for that, the family is grateful.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Heather Grierson and her fiancé, Steve Conner, and Ray Grierson and his wife, Alex, all of Chesapeake Beach, Steve Gingell and his wife, LeAnne, of Huntington, Md., and Michael Gingell and his fiancé, Megan Muegge, of Cape Charles; father-in-law, William “Bill” Gingell Jr., of Melfa; sisters, Mary Willis and her husband, JR, Ellen Larrimore and her husband, Steve, Janice Miller, and Bonnie Boswell; brother, George Miller; grandchildren, Marli, Nolan, Maddy, McKenna, Lillian, Charlotte, Maddison, and Zoey; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and countless friends. Other than her father, she was predeceased by her sister, Shirley Wesner; brother, William Wesner Jr.; stepfather, Charlie Miller; mother-in-law, Judy Gingell; and nephew, Mikie Simms.

The family gathered for a private funeral service. Friends will be invited to a celebration of Deb’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VIMS Eastern Shore Lab Bonnie Sue Scholarship Fund, (which provides summer internships for ESVA high school students at the VIMS Lab in Wachapreague), payable to: VIMS Foundation, P.O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, memo line: 7Z0091 Bonnie Sue Internship Program.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
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