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Columbia County elections chief hospitalized

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:47 AM
Last updated Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:04 AM
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The family of Deborah Marshall is praying for a full recovery after Columbia County’s elections director underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Deborah Marshall  SPECIAL
Deborah Marshall

Marshall, 48, has been hospitalized since checking into the emergency room of Trinity Hospital on April 6 with a severe headache, said her husband, Lee Marshall.

A scan at Trinity found a large tumor on the upper left portion of her brain, and Marshall immediately was transferred to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

She underwent surgery to remove the tumor April 9, and since has been in a medically induced coma during recovery, her husband said. Doctors are expected to begin the slow process of waking her up this week and have expressed confidence in her recovery, Marshall said.

“We just praise the Lord that everything can stay normal,” he said. “She’s a fighter. God is going to bring us through this.”

Though she has been allowed only very limited visitation, Marshall’s husband, son and two daughters; family; friends; and fellow members of First Mount Carmel Baptist Church have been camped out at the hospital since the surgery.

Marshall, a lifelong Appling resident, has been an elections staffer since 1984 and was appointed executive director of the Board of Elections in 2000.

The chairman of the Columbia County Commission at the time, former state Sen. Jim Whitehead, said Marshall “is one of the most beloved people in this county.”

County employees have kept up with Marshall’s progress through family members and messages from other board of elections staffers, said Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations.

“She’s a ray of sunshine in everyone’s lives,” Tucker said.

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toppergem 04/17/12 - 09:52 am
My prayers go out for Ms.

My prayers go out for Ms. Marshall and her family. I hope she has a full recovery.

sugarbutton 04/17/12 - 09:58 am
Deborah is one of the most

Deborah is one of the most beloved people in Columbia County. Just praying so hard to Almighty, that she will stay strong in the fight. She already has God and tremendous fan/friend club and family members on her side. Love you sweet Deborah and the rest of your crowd. God is are in good hands.

Tots 04/17/12 - 04:19 pm
May God bless her in this

May God bless her in this time of need.

BamaMan 04/17/12 - 11:03 am
She is a very nice lady,

She is a very nice lady, always has a smile when I go in to vote.

Riverman1 04/17/12 - 11:11 am
Let's pray this valuable

Let's pray this valuable member of our Columbia County family makes a full recovery.

itsanotherday1 04/17/12 - 12:18 pm
Does anyone know if her

Does anyone know if her husband is related to Walker Marshall? He is also a great guy as is his wife.

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