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photo of Cathy Hutchinson at Christmas time

Photo of Debbie Smoot



Debbie Smoot was a friend and consumer at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living since 1990.

As a consumer, Debbie took Independent Living Skills classes at our Huntington office. Cathy Hutchinson was a skills trainer and especially known for her cooking classes. Cathy and Debbie enjoyed working together to improvise recipes and could always be counted on to help others.

Debbie participated in many annual celebrations at the Beckley office. Kelly Elkins from the Beckley office talked about their annual celebration four years ago and how she and Debbie played corn hole together. Kelly tells us Debbie played some good corn hole.

Debbie also participated in the annual Journey of Hope, a group of students who bicycled across the country raising funds for people with disabilities. You could always find her cheering them on.

Debbie also participated as an assistant instructor with Kelly Simpson during Kids ADA trainings in local schools in the Huntington area. Kelly Simpson tells us she has known Debbie for nineteen years. She was such a sweet lady and very kind. Debbie always checked in with staff members and consumers to see how they and their families were doing.

Debbie was nominated by her peers to be on the Board of Directors and held the position for over ten years. She was a dedicated board member.

Her services will be held at the Ferrell Mortuary, 924 20th St, Huntington, WV on Friday, May 15 at 11 a.m. for visitation with funeral services at noon. 

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