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Deborah Eagan Yorde, 65, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, at Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania, Ohio, attended by her husband, Richard Yorde, and her mother, Barbara Eagan. She suffered briefly from renal cancer.
Deborah was born and raised in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and was a graduate of Oak Lawn High School and of Iowa State University. She had an extensive career in business and manufacturing management in Chicago and Mount Vernon, Ohio. For all of her adult life, she was a passionate weaver and weaving teacher, inspiring her students and friends to learn to weave and knit, using beautiful yarns and fibers, and working to use the best finishing techniques. She was proprietor of Craftsman Hill Fibers in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio, and later at her home studio, and a founder and active participant in Kudos, the artists' cooperative in downtown Mount Vernon. She donated countless hours to her weaving students at the Kenyon Crafts Center, where she taught for twenty years.
Deborah is survived by her husband, Richard; her mother, Barbara Eagan, of Oak Lawn, Illinois; her sister-in-law, Margaret Eagan and nephew, John Eagan of Chicago, Illinios; her stepson, Freeman Yorde (Katherine), and their daughter, Greta, all of Columbus. She is also survived by a large circle of loving friends in Knox County and in Toledo, to where she was in the process of relocating.
The Grail Funeral will be officiated by Dr. Alfred Lewis, Binghamton, NY. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio with a reception to follow at the Anderson Family Complex, 1833 South Holland Sylvania Ave, Maumee, Ohio 43537. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Interment will be with those of her brother, Daniel Eagan, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. Online condolences may be given at
Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Homes
501 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537
Published in Toledo Blade on June 28, 2014