Deborah Smith

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Deborah Ann Smith, 69, of Freeburg, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from organ failure, after a long struggle from a stroke in 2009.

Deborah was born on June 14, 1952, in South Charleston, West Virginia.  She married Gary F. Smith in 1984, and had two daughters, Kimberly and Kayla. She was a longtime employee of Edwardsville School District, where she loved telling stories about her life and her family to the students.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Gary; her daughters, Kimberly, nee Smith, (Steven) Ketterer, and Kayla, nee Smith, (Ryan) Ball; and two grandsons, Grayson Ball and Thomas Ketterer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Stroke Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Private family services will be held.



3 Comments on Deborah Smith

Nancy Spina said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2021 at 3:41 PM

Debbie was such a good person and helped numerous students as well as staff in the Edwardsville School District. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her loving family.🙏

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Tammy Reyman said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 4:33 PM

Oh unexpected and So Sorry to read this news. She was a Fabulous assistant throughout ECUSD7. My daughter and I loved her, so friendly, nice & ever so soft spoken. Prayers going up for ALL of the family 🙏🏼😢

  • Illinois
Kay Brumitt said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2021 at 3:43 PM

I was heart broke when I saw Debbie’s obituary in the Edwardsville paper. I worked with Debbie over the years and in the summer time she was a sub custodian. We did a lot of cleaning but we always had fun being around each other. My thoughts and prayers are for her family🙏🏻

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois

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