Deborah Lynn Wagman

A celebration of life for Deborah Vickers-Wagman, 70, Lawrence, will be at 4pm on Wednesday, December 14th at her daughter’s residence, 3737 Peterson Road.

Deb passed away at KU Medical Center on November 21, 2022 just before noon due to complications with Covid and a rare congenital defect in her abdomen.

Deb was born in Fargo, North Dakota on January 28, 1952.  Her parents, Mick and Evelyn Vickers, raised her in Rapid City, South Dakota, along with her three younger brothers.

Deb graduated from Stevens High School in 1970.  In 1996 she obtained a BA in Literature from Iowa State University (magna cum laude).

Deb’s college degree at the ripe age of 44 augmented her many accomplishments in life thus far; she had become a celebrated restaurant manager, seasoned chef, practiced baker, renowned recipe developer, and superb culinary writer.

The highlight of Deb’s career was working as a Senior Editor for the Meredith Corporation (Better Homes & Gardens) in the Special Interest Publications department.  Her many captivating magazines earned her awards and accolades at the highest level.

Deb married her husband, Bruce Michael Wagman on February 4, 1974 in Bozeman, Montana.  She had two daughters, Erin Renee (Borgmann) and Rachel Elise (Bredemus).

In all her professional endeavors, Deb was exceptionally talented and relentlessly dedicated to perfectionism.  Her boundless creativity was expressed in all areas of her life and her eye for detail was inspiring.  Her artistry as a baker and chef was fueled by a love for gardening, a strong grasp of food chemistry, and an intense passion for flavor, depth and substance.

Deb was known for turning around a writing deadline in record time and for peppering her sophisticated verbiage with a searing sense of humor.  She did not suffer fools gladly nor did she do anything in life half-way.

Even after enduring a stroke in 2014, Deb continued to write, cook, and create beauty in her surroundings.  Though it was at a slower pace and through the lens of debilitating fatigue and depression, she always knew how to lay down a phrase that would make your head spin, and often, your heart sing.

Survivors include, her husband, Bruce, daughter Rachel, Lawrence, KS, three brothers Mark Vickers, Rapid City SD, Chris Vickers, Grapevine, TX, and Mike Vickers, Quincy, CA, and two grandchildren, Violet (Bredemus) and Charlie (Borgmann).

Deb is preceded in death by her mother, 2007, her daughter, Erin, 2013, and her father, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, Deb would have loved donations to be made to the Lawrence Humane Society at lawrencehumane.org