Monday, November 01, 2010

OBT: Deb Vetter

Deborah Lindner Vetter
Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 12:15 am

KERRVILLE - Deborah Lindner Vetter passed away at five minutes past midnight on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010.

Deborah was born in Watertown, S.D., May 19, 1950. As an infant, she and her family moved to Laurel, Mont. She grew up in Laurel and later, Billings. College for Deborah was Minot State in Minot, N.D. She graduated from Minot State College in 1975, with degrees in English and political science. In Minot, she met City Planning Director Larry Vetter. They were married on Jan. 29, 1977.

Graduating from Minot State and before marrying Larry, she began her teaching career in a rural consolidated school district in Makoti, N.D. There she taught English to all four high school grades. Added to that were responsibilities for teaching government, one- and three-act plays, speech, cheerleaders and the school annual. She lived in a duplex apartment provided by the school on the frozen, treeless prairies near the school.

After marrying and enduring three years of driving 50 miles a day, come blizzard or come sunshine, she followed Larry to the opposite end of Highway 83, in Laredo, Texas. Larry became City Planning Director of Laredo, and Deborah assumed the responsibilities of English Department Director at St. Augustine High School in that border city.

In 1984, the family, now consisting of son, Patrick, and daughter, Kristen, relocated to Kerrville, Texas. Larry was the city of Kerrville Planning Director, and Deborah was hired as an English and speech teacher at Tivy High School. She served in that capacity for eight years. Then she initiated the Tivy High School Media Technology Program, which she headed and led until 2008.

The Media Technology program, working with cameras and film editing, was Deborah's brainchild. It was innovative and challenging to all involved. The students often marched to some strange drumbeat, requiring Deborah to chase them down filming in locations not permitted, or teach them how to film a football game, when she herself was not sure which of the two teams, both sporting colors of blue, was our own Tivy Antlers. She, with camera on shoulder, would push herself through the football team to position the camera on the 50-yard line, all the while praying that the colorful language spoken on the sideline would pass muster for public TV viewing.

Deborah was forced into early retirement in 2008 by an injury that occurred on the job. Her health began to decline as an undiagnosed case of multiple sclerosis began to affect her life. This culminated in a massive heart attack suffered during the week of Oct. 18-22.

Typical of Deborah, she did not hit the deck, but kept on keeping on until she could no longer walk. Her strong constitution maintained her heartbeat until five minutes past the hour of midnight on Oct. 28, when at the age of 60 years and five months, she passed on to her next teaching assignment. They say that her new superintendent is quite a remarkable guy.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Larry; her son, Patrick; her daughter, Kristen; and a large family of relatives, friends and former students.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Flat Rock Park across from the American Legion on Riverside Drive. All are welcome; please bring your own chair or blanket if you would like to sit.

The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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