Deborah Smith Mayeske

August 5, 1948April 27, 2021

Mrs. Deborah “Debbie” Smith Mayeske, age 72, of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. She was born in Lafayette, Tennessee on August 5, 1948.

Debbie was a kind and generous soul who dearly loved her family and friends and delighted in making each one feel special. Her gentle, supportive demeanor was a pillar of strength, not only in her role as beloved family matriarch, but in her brave 11-year journey after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. With a smile and laugh that will be fondly remembered, she was a luminous presence who was tireless in ensuring the happiness and contentment of all around her.

Debbie is preceded in death by her father, James Smith and a brother, Kevin Smith.

Survivors include her loving husband, Stephen “Steve” Mayeske; mother, Billie Ruth (Parker) Dickinson; sons, Chris (Barbara) Mayeske, Noel (Kristin) Mayeske, and Mark (Lisa) Mayeske; brother, Richard Jackson; grandchildren, Allison “Allie” Chrisman, Lowanta Cates, Abigail “Abbie” Mayeske, Peyton Mayeske, Megan Mayeske, Spencer Mayeske, Carson Mayeske, Matthew Mayeske, Sam Mayeske, and Sarah Mayeske; 3 great-grandchildren, Cameron, Joseph, and Lilly; as well as numerous other loved ones, family, and friends.

The family will be having a graveside service on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Rosehaven Memorial Park. A reception will follow in the Legacy Room at Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, 1365 E Clifton Rd NE, Building C, Atlanta, GA, 30322; 404-778-1900;

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Debbie by visiting

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134


  • Graveside Service

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Cindy Massey House

May 9, 2021

I just found out today of Debbie’s passing and am heartbroken as I know you, her mother, and family are. The beginning of the obituary summed her up beautifully. She was such a warm, kind person. I loved being in contact with her always. Thank you for the joy you and your family brought to her life. I know she had struggles growing up, but I know you brought her happiness and many days of sunshine. I will miss her tremendously, but rejoice in knowing I will see her again. All my love and prayers, Cindy Massey House

Phyllis Dillingham - Price

May 5, 2021

I was so sorry to read about your wife. It has been a long time since we have seen each other, but it was a shock to find your name like this. Things this year have been sad for everyone, but I wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you during this difficult time.
You take care - my sweet Arlington Classmate (1965).

Phyllis Dillingham Price

Audrey Koehn

May 4, 2021

Dear Steve and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Debbie's passing.... she was a very dear friend and cousin to our family! I still have many of the letters that she wrote to Mom... we wish you all God's comfort at this time!
With love, Roger, Audrey, and family

Susan Gardner

May 2, 2021

Dear Stephen and the Mayeske family,
It is with sorrow that we learn of Debbie's passing. She was a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt to many, as well as a friend to all. We always appreciated her "Facebook presence". May God be with you during this time of sorrow.

With love from Kansas City,
Susan (Mayeske) and Sidney Gardner

Caroline Thomas

May 1, 2021

Dear Stephen and the rest of the wonderful Mayeske family,
I pray God holds you in the palm of his hand at this sad time. Debbie was a light and joy for us all and I'll really miss her Facebook posts which kept me abreast of the kids and grandkids! Also her recipes rock! We are happy to have had such a fine person in our Family.
Hugs from Caroline in Germany

Marilyn Unruh

April 30, 2021

Dear Steve and family
We were so sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. Our hearts go out to you at this sad time. I treasured my connection with Debbie with the Mayeske genealogy book.
I appreciated all the love , time and effort she put into making that book. She was a sweet, caring person. May you feel our love and sympathy. Mike snd Marilyn

Debra Mayfield

April 28, 2021

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Mayeske Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.

Austin Koehn

April 27, 2021

Steve and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Debbie’s death. I always enjoyed our visits at Mayeske reunions and on the phone. Her love of family and her interest in genealogy were infectious! She was a bright star. God bless you all.
Austin Koehn