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Debra Elaine Lester (nee Kelley)

Debra Elaine Lester (nee Kelley) 65, of New Franklin  passed away Sept. 17, after a courageous six month battle with cancer. Born in Barberton Nov. 13, 1956, she was a 1975 graduate of Barberton High School and lifelong resident of Barberton and New Franklin. She was preceded in death by parents Alfred and Elva Kelley of Barberton; in-laws Richard and Donna Lester of Akron. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Thomas P. Lester and beloved son Adam T. Lester, both of New Franklin; brother Dennis Kelley and his son Jason of Barberton; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Rosemary Lester of Portage Lakes and their 3 children; Aunt Jo and Uncle Dan Emerick, Aunt Betty Dye, and several cousins in West Virginia. Everyone that met Debbie, loved her for her kindness. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Barberton Hospital hospice unit. As per her wishes, there will be no services, cremation has taken place.


  1. Larry Luzader on September 23, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Grew up with Debbie went to school together and earned with Tom at Polysar Rubber fir years Tom so sorry fir your loss she was one of a kind take care buddy my best to your family

  2. Sue Collins on September 22, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Debbie was such a thoughtful and nice person who loved her son fiercely. Sending her family prayers.

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