Debra R. (Shetterly) Short was born April 21, 1970, in Harrisburg, Pa.
Deb grew up in Millersburg, Pa. She spent her childhood on a dairy farm, learning the value of hard work and enjoying the outdoors.
During a trip with her youth group after high school graduation, a strapping young man hit Deb with a volleyball. Deb soon married that strapping man and moved to Archbold to build a life with him.
Deb and Randy were married June 3, 1989.
In her adult years, Deb was a homemaker and a janitor at West Clinton Mennonite Church.
Hers was the favorite home of many children in the community; she willingly shifted her schedule to babysit for grandchildren, great-nieces and -nephews, and other children.
Deb’s hospitality extended beyond her home. She had a welcoming personality that invited others to process in her presence, and her non-judging character allowed family and friends to find their own answers as she listened.
Deb was diagnosed with appendix cancer in October 2019. She fought for seven months, never ceasing to draw comfort from God and her family.
On June 12, 2020, Deb passed away peacefully in her sleep at home, holding the hand of the same strapping man she married just 31 years earlier.
Deb’s legacy of love includes her husband, Randy Short; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jessica and John Schoenhals (Archbold), Becca and Jonathon Burkholder (Warden, Wash.), and Emily and Micah Hunsberger (Goshen, Ind.); and four grandchildren, Audra and Abram Schoenhals and Micah and Lena Burkholder.
Also mourning the loss of Deb are her mother and father, Don and Sandy Shetterly; her brother, Steven Shetterly; and sister, Donna Snyder.
The visitation with the family will be Saturday, June 20, 2020, from 3-8 p.m. The memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 2 p.m. Both the visitation and the memorial are at West Clinton Mennonite Church.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorials can be sent to Mennonite Central Committee and CHP Hospice of Northwest Ohio. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.