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.