Deborah has gone home to be with the Lord, Jesus Christ, on November 8th. She was born on August 2, 1951, a daughter of Robert and Shirley (Kinnicutt) Williams of Valatie. She attended Ichabod Crane Central School and graduated in 1969. She attended SUNY at Albany, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1973 and a Master of Science in 1977, obtaining permanent certification to be a public-school teacher for Spanish and French, grades 7-12. After obtaining her master's degree, she worked for the Department of Social Services as a case worker. In 1978 she married Louis N. Hannett. After the birth of her first son, she devoted her time to being a full-time home maker. Deborah and Louis raised four children in the town of Greenport. As her children attended elementary and middle school, Deborah worked as a volunteer for PTO, book fairs, Santa's Secret Shop, volunteer Teacher's Aide, field trips, and in the middle school library. She was also a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. Deborah was a member of the First Reformed Church in Hudson, and frequently visited Solid Rock Church in Glenmont with her children. She was a generous supporter of multiple charities.
Deborah is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband Louis, sons Michael and Jeffrey (wife Tiffany), and daughters Tricia Wilhelmsen (husband Michael) and Kristen Hamilton (husband Donald D.). She is survived by her sister, and best friend, Sherry Petrosky (husband Jack) and brothers Robert A Williams (wife Marian) and Brian Williams (wife Brenda). She is also survived by her grandchildren Connor Ploof, Mikayla Ploof, Katlynn Wilhelmsen, Kaiden Wilhelmsen, Dylan Hamilton, Noah Hamilton, and Adaya Hannett. She is also survived by cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Deborah enjoyed life and was a lover of the simple things. She loved spending her days with a warm blanket and a cup of tea reading a book, visiting with family, or completing elaborate jigsaw puzzles. Deborah loved her husband Lou of 43 years and enjoyed their time together having weekly date nights. She loved to shop, not for herself, but to get gifts for family and friends. She adored animals and could be seen buying nuts and treats for the many squirrels, birds, and chipmunks that lived in her yard. She acknowledged the birthdays of every pet in the family, including grand dogs. Deborah loved the Lord and spent time in devotion daily and thanking Him for all she had. She loved all her family, those here and gone, but in life her greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother. Despite how old her children got, she never stopped her loving tendencies towards them, and it spilled over to her grandchildren. She is fondly referred to as "Grandma" and her house was a favorite place to go. Deborah's kindness and generosity spread beyond family to others that entered her life, and for many of her children's friends she was fondly referred to as "mom." Deborah will be greatly missed by all she left behind but is being celebrated as a triumphant victory in heaven. Calling hours will be at The Raymond E. Bond funeral home in Valatie, NY Sunday November 14 from 5-8pm. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Valatie Monday November 15 at 11am. Interment to follow at cemetery.
Donations in Deborah's memory can be sent to St. Jude's Children Hospital