Debra Jean Leipfert, 60, of White Haven passed away Monday morning, Jan. 7, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in Omaha, Neb., she was the daughter of the late John C. and Katherine J. Morgan Hylton and a graduate of Martinsburg High School of West Virginia, Class of 1970.
After high school, she worked various jobs. For many years she was employed by the White Haven Center, where she met her husband, Billy. Debra and Billy started the Buttons and Bows Daycare Center in White Haven and later expanded to Weatherly and Freeland, where they have worked for more than 30 years. During that time she graduated from Lackawanna Junior College and Luzerne County Community College, where she received her associate's degree in early education and child development.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish, White Haven. Debra was a former councilwoman and member of the Shade Tree Commission of White Haven.
Debra was a loving and compassionate woman who had a zest for life.
Surviving are her husband, William, with whom she celebrated 35 years of marriage; son, Brian Leipfert and his fiancee. Kellie Jordan, White Haven; and brother, Norman J. Hylton and his wife, Kim, and their daughter, Katie, Cartersville, Ga.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Patrick's Parish, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. Relatives and friends attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church Saturday. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, White Haven. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc,. 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, and from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday in St. Patrick's Church.