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GRAND GORGE - Debra Kay Cronk, of Grand Gorge, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Archcare Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck, on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.
She was born on March 8, 1964, at Margaretville, the daughter of Gerald and Patricia (Shields) Ackerley.
Debbie graduated from Andes Central School in 1982.
She married Doug Cronk on Oct. 12, 1991, at the United Methodist Church in Andes. Shortly after, they purchased their home where they raised three beautiful daughters.
Debra worked for Agway Energy Products for nine years. She then devoted her full time and all her energy to being a full-time mother.
She enjoyed horseback riding, playing cards, swimming, car shows, family gatherings, the holiday seasons, vacations cats, music and coffee.
Debbie was a member of the Flat Creek Baptist Church.
She survived by her husband, Doug; daughters, Katie Cronk of Delhi, Megan Cronk of Windham, Emily Cronk of Windham; her beloved grandson, Wyatt Oliver Ladlee. She is also survived by three brothers, Thomas(JoAnne) Ackerley of Auburn, Steven (Janet) Ackerley of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Michael (Robin) Ackerley of Jacksonville, Florida; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. They all loved her and will dearly miss her.
Debbie remained strong for many years while battling Huntington's disease, a disease that affected her body, but not her spirit. We are thankful for the specialized care she received at Archcare Ferncliff Nursing home, especially towards the end of her life.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the United Methodist Church, Andes, with the Rev, Donna LeRoy officiating. Committal prayers will follow in the Sanford Cemetery, Margaretville.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16,at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Donations in memory of Debra Kay Cronk may be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America or Archcare Ferncliff Nursing Home's Center for Neurodegenerative Care in Rhinebeck.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Published on October 15, 2017
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