Debra "Debi"'s Story

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Debra "Debi" Mertz Langan, 52, of Ridgeley, entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with a brain tumor.
Born Feb. 7, 1965, in Keyser, Mrs. Langan was the daughter of James Mertz and Beverly (Muir) Mertz, Westernport. Besides her parents, Debi is survived by her husband, Steve Langan; her daughter, Erin Langan; and her stepson, Ryan Langan. She also leaves behind her brothers, Steve Mertz and significant other, Misty Cutter, and Jimmy Mertz and fiance, Melissa Orndorff; her nephews, Luke and Brady Mertz; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A graduate of Bruce High School, Class of 1983, Debi also graduated from Frostburg State University with a bachelor's degree in finance. She and her husband, Steve, own and operate Langan General Contracting and Anchor Homes.
Debi was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish and was passionate about helping others. She took great pride in serving the community as a member of the board of directors for the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce where she was the current chair and served on numerous committees. She was also a member of the WEPCO FCU board of directors and the Ladies Achieving Community Excellence (L.A.C.E.). Debi spent many previous years with the March of Dimes, the "Look Good Feel Better" Program, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, the Lakewood Property Owner's Association as a past board member and president, as well as being involved with other nonprofit events. Debi would always lend a helping hand to a good cause or to others less fortunate.
Despite her full life she always put family first. She was a loving mother, stepmother, wife, and friend. She was truly a beautiful person, and I'm sure she is smiling down on our extended families, the Mullaney family, and numerous friends that gave so much support during her time of need.
Debi enjoyed reading, writing, painting, shopping, eating out, traveling, decorating, planning and staying busy. She believed that being active prevented dwelling on one's self. Debi was a leader that showed great compassion to ensure that others were comfortable. She was lively, colorful and a natural one of a kind that was often recognized by her red lipstick and colorful appearance. In honor of her life, colorful clothing and red lipstick are welcomed at all services if you are comfortable.
Friends will be received at Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, SS. Peter and Paul Shrine, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. with Father Greg Chervenak, O.F.M. Cap., as celebrant.
Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Published on October 21, 2017
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