Friends and Family Remember Local Woman

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Valdosta, GA -- August 22, 2011 --

"My momma was very dedicated to helping people."

Laci Rankhorn says her mother, Debra Mashburn, will be remembered as always helping people.

Mashburn died Friday evening when a driver of a GMC Sierra crossed into the center lane and hit Mashburn's Nissan Murano head on.

She died on the scene.

Those who counted on Mashburn are having a hard time dealing with her loss.

"Then I was nothing for nobody except myself, selfish. She gave me strength and trusted me. I love miss Debra for that," said Shane Roberts, a patient of Redirect DUI School.

It's that same love that Rankhorn says will be passed on.

"My momma taught me about having an open spirit and I know that my child will have that same open spirit," said Rankhorn.

Rankhorn has seen first hand the impact her mother made in people's lives.

Debra Mashburn opened up this Alcohol program ten years ago to help the people who struggled with the same addiction her father did.

One he later died from.

It was the ten year anniversary of the the day she opened the substance abuse program.

"We grew up being sensitive to the effects of substance abuse. That was always something that was near and dear to my mother's heart," said Rankhorn.

Troopers say the crash is still under investigation.

No word yet on whether the driver of the truck will face any charges.

A memorial Service will be held Tuesday night at six for Debra Mashburn at the Music Funeral Home in Valdosta.

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