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The Goeller Family
Debbie Goeller - Wife, Mother, Sister and Friend
Deborah Goeller, better known to all as Debbie, has always wanted a life filled with love and commitment to helping others. She started a lengthy medical career at age 13 as a candy striper and continued her career helping others by first getting her RN in 1973 from Maryland General School of Nursing, then earned Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Nursing Science. She served as the Assistant Nurse Chairman at the Shock Trauma Unit of the University of Maryland Medical Center and as the Head Nurse at the Intensive Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1978 Debbie and her husband Guy moved to the eastern shore and shortly thereafter she started her 34 year career in the Worcester County Health Department where she was appointed as the Health Officer for Worcester County, a position she held for 26 years. Notably, she was the first nurse to ever hold that position in the State of Maryland. She retired as Health Officer in 2017 but continued to support the community part time.
Debbie is also a proud mother to her daughter Mandy, and has always been her loudest cheerleader and supporter. She has been a devoted and loving wife, to her husband Guy, and, regardless of schedule, Debbie always found time for her favorite pastime, shopping.
Sadly, Debbie lost a relatively short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer. In lieu of flowers her family wishes that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society.
If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.
I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a great mentor in the world of public health. I was so lucky to have her path cross mine. May Grace keep you sustained.
Sharon and Rob Doss
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
We're so sorry to hear of your loss. She was great leader who was admired by many.
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
In the eighteen years I served as Health Officer for Garrett County I was fortunate to work with a truly visionary public health leader, Debbie Goeller. Even more importantly, I valued our friendship. Her thoughtful analysis of issues and the way she commanded the respect of her colleagues when she spoke often brought the group together when compromise seemed impossible. Even though I only met Mandy and Guy several times, I feel that I know them quite well. She never tired of talking about her family during private conversations and her overwhelming love for them was quite evident.
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. She will be greatly missed by me and many others that were fortunate enough to know her.
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
Debbie was a terrific work colleague and a wonderful person who will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Thu, Aug 15, 2019
We are deeply sorry for your loss! I know that Deb was a wonderful person, wife and mother and will be terribly missed. Wishing you peace in this trying time...Anne, Matt, Samson and Hank
Kelly and Diana Shumate
Wed, Aug 14, 2019
Fri, Aug 09, 2019
What are all the things I wish everyone knew about you. I want everyone to first understand what a wonderful mother you are. You were at every soccer and softball game, swim team meet, slumber party and of course, to wipe the mean girl, silly boyfriend, and championship losses tears - and wipe the tears of joy on my wedding day - to the man you always just said "be patient, you deserve the best" for came into my life. You are all inspiring professionally and personally. In our house there was just never a discussion on anything I couldn't be or couldn't do - because you had spent your career breaking glass ceilings and not even knowing it! And Dad was there supporting you and loving you along the way - so I never even thought I couldn't do something. So of course, I decided to drive ships for a living :) - and you loved every minute of it - even following me to Kodiak Alaska, Pascagoula Mississippi, Seattle Washington, and Honolulu Hawaii for ship visits. The next thing everyone should know is your strength. You have amazed me your whole life and even when diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer what did you do - you informed the hospital of the support staff that was exceptional so they could get recognized, you worried about how Dad was handling this and you decided that we were going on vacations - and you planned the next several family vacations. I wish right now I had 1/2 of your strength. The world is a better place with you in it and it is much more lonely without you. Your heart, strength, support and love will be truly missed. I love you. - Mandy