Deborah K. Estill, 69, died on August 14, 2023, after a brief hospitalization. Debbie was born to John Thomas (“Jack”) Estill and Maxine Lyons Estill on September 10, 1953. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her aunt Linda Lyons Leet, and a Cousin Tracy Leet.
Debbie is survived by her sister, Kristi Estill Hall, and her children, Alex Hall Brown (Craig), Kati Hall Barrett (Nick), Dr. Jack Hall and Will Hall. Debbie also was survived by her great nieces and nephews, Jackson Brown, Rowan Brown, Brooks Brown, Estill Barrett and Bernard Barrett, who she cherished and shamelessly spoiled. In addition, Debbie is survived by an Uncle Ernie Leet, cousin Chad Leet, a dear friend Linda Parsons, her beloved dog Mazie, and a host of cousins and group of friends who she constantly supported and was always ready to help-whether in time of need or celebration.
Debbie was a lifelong resident of May’s Lick. She attended May’s Lick School, graduated from Mason County High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University. Debbie began her professional career in 1976 in the Mason County Department for Community Based Services, working with hundreds of families in need as well as recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive resources. Debbie was promoted to the Robertson and Bracken County Office Supervisor in 1989. During that time, she finetuned her innate ability to mentor others, while becoming a valued member of the service community. Debbie advanced in her profession to be chosen as the Service Region Administrative Associate in 2001 and was awarded the prestigious Paul T. Grannis Award for "exemplary service to the community".
During her retirement, Debbie enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She continued to follow her mission of service to others by working in the GED program and returning to work to mentor social work staff throughout Northern Kentucky. Debbie also generously donated her time as a board member for the Buffalo Trace Children’s Advocacy Center, Comprehend and the United Way, and as a volunteer to the many causes she supported.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 19th, at St. Rose of Lima in May’s Lick, where Debbie was a lifelong member, with Rev. Michael Comer as Celebrant and Rev. Phil DeVous con-celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to Mass at the Palmer Funeral Home & Crematory in May’s Lick. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Jack Hall and Will Hall, and her cousins, Chad Leet, Pat Cropper, Leo Cropper, Andy Cropper, Jim Estill, Jarrod Estill, George Estill, Bill Estill and John Estill. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Rose of Lima Church (211 Mt. Carmel Avenue, Flemingsburg, KY 41041) or the Buffalo Trace Children’s Advocacy Center (224 Limestone Street, Maysville, KY 41056) are suggested. Online condolences may be given at www.palmerfuneralhome.net