Deborah Kay Rocha

September 1, 1949 — September 4, 2021

Deborah Kay Rocha

On September 1st, 1949 Deborah(Deb) Kay Rocha was born to Walter and Virginia Barger, and was the youngest girl of 6 children (4 older sisters, 1 younger brother). Deb was born in Pendleton and raised in Gresham Oregon, and spent most of her life living in the Portland metro area. Deb attended Gresham High School and in August of 1968 she welcomed her first daughter Staci Anderson. 6 years later in August of 1974 she welcomed her 2nd daughter Heidi Hanson. Deb was a very hard working single mother and spent many years working for places she enjoyed such as Montgomery Ward's, G.I. Joe's and Home Depot. She was always making sure she was able to provide the best life she could for her girls. Deborah was very family oriented so it filled her with great joy and pride when her first grandson was born on her 45th birthday in 1994. She was always told everyone he was the "best birthday present she ever had". After the birth of her 6 grandchildren Deb devoted her life to being a loving & doting grandmother & great grandmother. When not spending time with her family you could usually find Deb in front of a TV or at the Moda Center with her best friend Bill watching the Portland Trail Blazers as she was an avid Blazers fan. Deb was also very philanthropic and was continuously donating her time and efforts to the likes of Susan B. Komen, The VA, and Oregon Humane Society. Many of those who knew Deb would describe her as loving, comical, passionate and eccentric. She was known by many as "Deb with the purple hair". On September 4th 2021 Deborah was called home to be with her Mother, Father, and older sister Judy. She is survived by her 4 siblings; Connie, Patty, Vicki and Wally. Her 2 daughters Staci Anderson & Heidi Glover. Her 6 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Although Deb may be gone she will never be forgotten for she was A woman who left a mark on the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to know her.

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