Deborah Masi Rager August 30, 1951 - January 30, 2019

Deborah Masi Rager passed on January 30, 2019 in Asheville, NC. She was the wife of Barry Lee Rager. The two were wed in Gulfport, FL and they shared 47 years of marriage together.

Born in St. Petersburg, FL, she was the daughter of Frank and Marilyn Masi. As a graduate of Boga Ciega in Gulfport, FL, the student was involved in music and drama. The musician also attended Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, where she continued her studies in music. Deborah had a deep faith that propelled her into mission work around the globe. In her later years, she passionately studied the scriptures and came to believe in Yeshua, the Messiah.

Deborah is survived by her spouse, Barry Rager, and two children, Ryan Rager and Bronwyn Cronin. She will also be tremendously missed by Mark Masi (brother), Cynthia Cash (sister), son-in-law Derek Cronin and two grandchildren, AriaCronin (10) and Ezra Cronin (5).

Mrs. Rager was predeceased by son, Zachary Rager on October 13, 1974 and father, Frank Masi on February 8, 2018.

A Celebration of Life will be held by immediate family. Deborah loved flowers, and a memorial garden will be planted in honor of her beautiful life.

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  1. Kathy "Kelley" Nuzzo says

    Family of Deborah Kay, my condolences and sympathy to each of you. I will always remember her mostly from back “in the day.” Late 60’s, early 70’s at Boca Ciega and beyond. I felt connected to her over the years and sometimes we managed to connect! We just picked up wherever we had left off. Until we connect again, I know you’re singing in God’s choir.

  2. Lenora Lovig says

    Loved her dearly and will miss our long conversations and very long walks. She was so talented and I loved to hear her sing. May the Lord comfort her family as they grieve this terrible loss.

  3. Carol Norton Roddy says

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for God’s comfort fo your family

  4. Bernice Herbsrt Hackman says

    My condolences to Deborah’s family! She was such a lovely woman that will be missed by family and friends. . I remember Boca Ceiga high school years I shared with Debbie. Rest in Peace Debbie.

  5. Tim says

    We will miss you and pray for your family. We were blessed to have known you.

  6. Allison Simon says

    My condolences to the Rager family members and friends, may you be comforted by the Bible’s assurance that Almighty God will restore life to those who have died, in the future. Acts 24: 15