Deborah S. “Debbie” Jacobs - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Deborah S. “Debbie” Jacobs

September 20, 1963 - May 4, 2023

Deborah S. “Debbie” Jacobs, age 59, of St. Georges, DE, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2023, after fighting a very courageous battle with AML (Leukemia).

Born in Middletown, DE on September 20, 1963, she was a daughter of the late David and Margie (Crawford) Stradley. Debbie dedicated her career to educating the children of the Cecil County Public Schools for 33 years, until her retirement.

Debbie was very adventurous and always excited to have the opportunity to explore somewhere new. She and her husband traveled internationally to 22 countries and every state in the US, except for one. Debbie especially loved to fly around the US in their classic Cessna 195, visiting friends and making new ones. Most often, she could be found in the kitchen cooking and baking or spending time socializing with her beloved friends. Above all, Debbie cherished her family and friends, and making memories with them. Her genuine kindness and passion for life touched all who were blessed to know her.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, David and Margie Stradley. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, David E. Jacobs; sister, Kathleen Herrmann (Allen) of Potomac, MD; and sister in laws, MaryAnn Graham and Bonnie Jacobs.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 8:30 am until 10:30 am on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in St. Georges Cemetery, Kirkwood-St. Georges Road, St. Georges, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Debbie’s memory to The Delaware 4-H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 South College Ave, Newark, DE 19716 or online by clicking here or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or online by clicking here.


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49 Condolences for Deborah S. “Debbie” Jacobs

  • Hey Kathy
    I’m in shock over your loss. Your sister used to stop by the fraternity house from time to time to see you. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if my brother were to pass suddenly. He’s always been there for his younger brother (me). I look forward now more than ever to attend service with you as we spoke about.


  • Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. Praying that the Lord will comfort you and her loved ones.

  • Debbie was loved by both students and parents at Bo Manor. My daughter loved her class and was excited to learn to cook from Debbie. She will be missed very much.

  • Dave, We are sorry for your loss. Our hearts are heavy. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Scott & Alice Collett, Jonathan & Caitlan Collett and Butterfly Aviation.

  • Debbie was my daughter in law very precious loved my son so much she kept in contact with me sending pictures and stuff I’m gonna miss her so much💔💔💔

  • I am so very sorry! Although it has been years since I have seen Debbie, she was a good friend and kind person! We had a lot of great 4-h memories!

  • A dear friend from 4-H. I will always cherish my fond memories. Your light will always shine.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Debbie. I was devastated when I heard the news. She taught my son at Bo Manor and I was a co-worker of hers as well. She was always so sweet and kind and forever had a smile on her face. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you the Lord give you all comfort and peace.

  • Debbie was always the sweetest person. I’m so sorry for your loss, whenever I ran into her it was my treat! She was my classmate and my son’s teacher he loved her dearly. I’ll be praying for the family.

  • Mrs. Jacobs was one of my favorite teachers, she later became my twin daughters favorite teacher. Sending the family prayers during this difficult time.

  • Mrs. Jacobs made a huge impact on so many of her students. She was loved and adored more than she could have ever imagined. I had the opportunity to have Mrs. Jacob’s as a teacher for Home Ec and Child Growth and Development about 15 years ago. She was a true gem and cared so deeply about everyone ❤️

  • Debbie was a great person. We held a cooking adventure for students to make gingerbread houses during a combined class. She was always game for an ad entire

  • I am truly sorry for your loss! May your memories be a blessing!

  • Deb was a bright light with a warm and caring personality. Her strength in battling her illness was awe-inspiring. She will be missed.

  • Mrs Jacobs was one of my favorite teachers. I took at least one of her classes for 7 straight years when she moved from the middle school program to the high school program. She was a wonderful person. She was kind and happy and will be missed by many. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Gretchen Paris

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. The world is a little dimmer. Sending love to you all. And prayers up.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was the kindest, most caring person I knew. I enjoyed traveling with her & hearing of her adventures with Dave. She truly will be missed by many ♥️.

  • I am so sorry David and Kathy.
    Kathy you are in my heart to know you have lost your sister and best friend.
    So sorry❤️

  • She was the best teacher i ever had , always made going to school worth it. There was never a time i didn’t want to be in her class she will be missed

  • Debbie you were such a sweet person and you will truly be missed. My kids were very saddened by your passing. They always said that you were there favorite teacher. I had the pleasure of meeting you when I first came to Bo Manor. You and my brother Leroy were classmates. Kathy I will be praying for you.

  • The Earth has lost an infinitely beautiful woman. Our most sincere condolences on the passing of Debbie.

  • My condolences to Mrs. Jacobs family. She was a light is such a dark world. She will
    Be truly missed.

  • Sincerest sympathy to all the family.
    Karen & Jack Morgan

  • It’s difficult to find words to express the magnitude of impact of Debbie’s life and the impact of her loss. I knew Debbie through Kathy and was always struck by her gentle spirit as so many have shared. I was lucky to visit Kathy and Debbie at their farm when we were young and I remember how their entire family found joy in nature’s beauty, animals, cooking, and creating. In a world where so many are lost, Debbie and Kathy taught many that home is where the heart is. I hope you, Kathy and Dave, feel Debbie with you always in your heart. I hope I can be there for you if there is any way possible. Love in Christ, Alicia

  • Debbie your in a better place where you have no pain no hunger or trouble breathing. I wish the best for your family. God be with you angel.

  • She was my favorite teacher at bo loved her cooking class

  • Dave, we are so sorry for your loss,
    Debbie was such a sweet, kind person and a joy to be with Praying for you and your family.
    John and Marilyn Collett

  • I met Debbie a few times, once at a phillies game and when I went fishing with Dave, she was a wonderful loving woman with a beautiful soul. Deepest condolences Dave and to all her close friends and relatives, she will truly be missed, too young to go, MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU THROUGH THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME, LOVE NEAL DE.

  • I always enjoyed your food science class at Bo Manor. Sending my condolences.

  • Nmwe weren’t really related but I called her husband my uncle and I love her dearly like an aunt. I’m devastated that she’s gone. I’ll miss her greatly

  • Hopefully you guys make it through. So sorry for the loss can’t imagine what uncle Dave’s dealing with

  • Mrs. Jacobs was a great teacher, not only because she was good at her job but because she actually cared about the students in her class. She will be missed by many, and I wish the family peace in this troubling time. I ‘m sorry for your loss.

  • My heart goes out to you, Kathy. Your sister always had a kind heart. I am so sorry she had to go through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her husband during this very sad time.:(. I just so so sorry.:( xoxoxo

  • Dave, I can’t imagine all that your going through at this time. Please know that you are in our prayers. I remember meeting Debbie when you came up and took my boys and I flying, they still talk about that. Our Deepest condolences.

  • I had Mrs. Jacobs for several classes during my time at Bohemia Manor High. She was always filled with so much positivity and truly empowered each and every one of her students. I will never forget her teaching me how to cook a soft pretzel, Auntie Anne’s style. I’ll never forget the yearly trips we took to Washington D.C. And I’ll never forget all of the laughs we shared. I’d even pop in to talk with her when I wasn’t enrolled in one of her classes. She treated me like one of her own kids, invited me to fly on her plane, and so much more. She truly was such a blessing in my life, and I will miss her dearly. Sending all of my love, support and condolences to her friends and family. q

  • Eternal rest grant unto Your servant Debbie, Lord…and instill loving peace in the hearts of family, friends, and those whose lives she touched.

  • Such a loss – I will forever admire your adventurous personality!

  • Debbie RIP- you will be missed- sending love to Dave and Kathy and the rest of the family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Dave and Kathy so sorry to learn of Debbie’s passing. I know your family will miss her, she was always talking about all the good times you shared. Debbie was such a good friend, we attended workshops and meetings many times together over the years as Family Consumer Science teachers in Cecil Co., MD. Prayers for you and your family for strength and peace at this sad time . Libby McCullough

  • Dave, Val and I are so saddened to hear about your loss of Debbie. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

  • I’m Debbie’s mother in law my heart hurts 💔 for the loss of Debbie what a wonderful woman she was always happy and smiling and her and my son David were so good together match made from heaven gonna forever miss you Debbie I will see you again one day 💙 Love Mom

  • So sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • A donation of $100 from Keith and Georgann has been sent to Delaware 4H Foundation of DE in Debbie’s Honor.

  • Dave,
    Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Over the last few years I have so enjoyed my conversations with Debbie and just so sorry. Take care Dave and will hope to see you soon.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Debbie was so sweet. God Bless

  • What can I say? I was blessed that I had a chance to see her last year at the “Class Reunion meeting” She was a classmate of mine also. A quiet and beautiful spirited woman. She will truly be missed. My prayers, and condolences to the family. God bless.

  • I’m shocked and deeply saddened at Debbie’s passing. I knew her from BMHS – Making mozzarella cheese & traveling on school trip to Europe. She was always kind & sweet – I’m fortunate to have known her. She deserved better. Profoundly sorry for your loss.

  • Dave, We are so sorry, we know your heart is broken. Debbie was such a light! A kind and caring person, so adventurous! I’ll always remember our whirlwind tour of Chicago with the greatest tour guide, your Debbie. We had so much fun, so many laughs and she showed us so many beautiful sights! A memory I treasure is her beautiful smile. We were so blessed to know her. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort.

  • Mrs. Stradley/Jacobs she was my Home Economics teacher during my time at Bohemia Manor High school. She was my favorite teacher there. Not just because our last names were similar. It’s just when I first met her we clicked. If it were my choice she would have been my teacher for every subject there. I was so happy to see her during a class reunion we had in 2015 she just popped up. It was so good to see her. She even remembered who I was. I am not sure if she ever knew how much she met to me. Sleep in Peace! You will forever be in my heart.