Deborah Kay (Crockett) Jacobsen

Deborah K. Jacobsen, 62, of Baldwin City, died Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after her determined fight with a lengthy illness.

She was the daughter of the late Harold and Lavone Crockett, of Ottawa, KS.

Debby was born June 5, 1949, at Ransom Memorial Hospital. She grew up on the family farm in rural Franklin County, moving with her family to Ottawa as a teenager and graduating in 1967 from Ottawa High School.

While living in Ottawa she was employed at a downtown clothing store and later as a compositor-typesetter at the Ottawa Herald.

In 1969 she moved to Muskegon, MI. In 1970 she gave birth to a daughter, Lavone (Lee) Elizabeth Payne. While in Muskegon, she worked at a variety of occupations, first with a newspaper and later in restaurant management.

Retiring due to illness in 2005, she returned to Kansas, making her home in Baldwin City to be close to her many brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Lavone E. Payne, of Hudsonville, MI; her grandson, Michael Masar Jr., of Grand Haven, MI; four brothers, Daniel (Jo), of Estoria, OR, Hank (Patsy), of Topeka, Steven (Cathy), of Rock Springs, WY, and Douglas, her twin, (Robin) of Emporia; and sisters, Sara Crockett, of Topeka, Jerry (Robert) Macomber, of Ottawa, Iva Dougherty, of Baldwin City, and Catherine Crockett-Casey, of Ottawa, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private memorial service on September 4th, 2011. Deb generously donated her body to medical study to the KU Medical center in hopes that someone else could be helped. Her remains will be memorialized beside those of her parents and David, her late brother, at Gardner Cemetery.

Ms. Jacobsen’s survivors ask that donations be given in her memory to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation & Hospice, 200 Maine, Third Floor, Lawrence, KS 66044 or 785-843-6439.

Messages & Condolences

From Ella Cook...

I am so very sorry to hear about Deb Rae’s passing. She and I worked many years together in Muskegon at the Glenside Pub. I will remember all of the good times we shared. She was a dear friend and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family, may God Bless all of you.

From Kimberly Rynberg and Boys...

I am so sorry to hear about Deb’s passing. She was the one who named Andrew. I have tried to reach her but was unable to get ahold of her. I wanted to let her know how the boys were doing. I really missed being able to talk with her. I know that she is in a better place now.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. With love from Kim, Adam, and Andrew.

From Willie and Nora Butts...

I (Willie) worked with deborah rae for many years at the Glen Side Pub, sorry to hear about Deb, i will be praying for the family. God Bless You.

From Sally Bonter...

Sorry to hear about Deb, we were great friends for many years, I had tried several times to reach her in the last years but was not able to get a hold of her.I missed her frendship greatly. She spent alot of time with my family on holidays, and called my parents Mom and Dad. We spent alot of time laughing and joking around. She had many friends here in muskegon and wea all share in your grief.

From Vera Dunn Kunard...

Iva, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. I do not remember her, but I just want you and the rest of your family to know that I care and will remember you all in prayer.
I did not know where to reach you by mail. I live in Lenexa.
Your friend from OHS,
Vera Mae

From Denise Grotbeck and Family...

We are so sorry to hear about Deb’s passing. She was very sweet, always had a smile to greet you. We will always remember how she would invite us to see her place when we would visit Iva. She would always tell us about her grandson and we could tell how much she loved and missed him.

We know she is in a better place, no more pain or struggles.

We are praying for your family during this difficult time.

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