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Obituary: Deborah L. McPherson

Deborah L. McPherson (nee Cope), 67, a resident of Beltsville, MD, passed on February 18, 2019, at her residence.

Deborah was born on September 19, 1952 in Detroit, MI, to the late Jessie and Pauline Cope and was the second oldest of 5 children.

After graduating from High Point High School, she was hired by the NSA as an administrative assistant. She spent 22 years with the NSA. That included 2 years in the UK. She retired in 1996 as a senior budget analyst. She became a stay-at-home mother who was very devoted to her 2 daughters after her retirement. During her time with the NSA, she gained friendships with some that carried on throughout her life; she loved them all dearly. She married Clyde C. McPherson on June 3, 1978. Deborah was very devoted to her family and was always ready and willing to help anyone at any point. To her, family was everything.

Deborah was a voracious reader who always had a stack of books ready to be consumed. She would always be ready for a day or night out playing bingo. She will be remembered by her family for her strength, dedication, and determination through anything that life would throw in her direction. Most of all, she will be remembered for the compassion and love she had for all those that were in her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Edward Cope, and sister Tammy Fraser.

She is survived by her husband, Clyde; daughters Lisa and Constance; and her brothers Joe (Marilynn), and David (April) Cope.

Visitation was held on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 2–4 pm, and 6–8 pm at the Donaldson Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Ave, Laurel, MD 20707. On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11 am a memorial was held to celebrate Deborah’s life at Donaldson also followed by burial at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at: Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney fund (, or to PAW (

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