Deborah ‘Debbie’ Dee Akers


Deborah “Debbie” Dee Akers, 67, of Montrose, West Virginia, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Sept. 17, 2021, at Valentine Personal Care Home. Debbie was a loving wife of Harry Akers.

Debbie, co-owner of Crazy Harry’s Greenhouse, spent many years working at their greenhouse. She loved the plants that she raised, but most of all loved her family. She loved people. Her hands were rarely still. She shared her love of food with family and friends such as, homemade vegetable soup and amazing desserts.

We would like to thank the following for all the time spent caring for Debbie during her battle with cancer: Jackie Wetzel, a close friend who provided in-home care during the last nine months of Debbie’s battle with cancer; Kim Swecker, daughter of Jackie Wetzel; Vickie Cutright, Mountain Hospice; Denise Hudnall-Campbell and the staff of Valentine Personal Care Home. A special thank you to Sherry Spillman, step-daughter, Lanice Currence, and daughter-in-law, Jodie Akers.

On Dec. 8, 1994, Debbie was united in marriage to Harry L. Akers, who survives. They were married for 27 years.

Also surviving are three children, Curtis Crosen of Mill Creek, West Virginia, Delmas Crosen Jr., of Winchester, Virginia, and Wendy Nelson of Winchester, Virginia; two brothers, Joe Dolphin of Winchester, Virginia, and Steve Vance of Martinsburg, West Virginia; one sister, Cynthia Vance of Winchester, Virginia; 10 grandchildren and several cousins from the Virginia area.

Preceding her in death was a mother, Alma Walter, and father, Elmer Vance; daughter, Ramona Leigh; and brother, Neil Dolphin.

Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving on another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Debbie’s request for cremation and no service was honored by her family.

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins oversaw the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com