We celebrate the life of Deborah Jayne Keith, who passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015. Deborah is survived by her father, James Bagley Jr.; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Melanie Bagley III; sister, Cheryl Bagley; nieces, Cadence and Isabella Bagley, Melodye Bradshaw and husband, Doug; Misty Granberry and husband, Justin; grand nephews and nieces, Caleb, Noah, Caitlyn, and Suri Granberry, Madelyn Bradshaw; and a host of other family and friends.
Deborah lived in Llano, Texas for 25 years and spent the majority of that time advocating for the rights of abused children. She was the first Executive Director of Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center.
Yvonne Evans shares her memories of Deborah, “In 1993, Deborah Keith was working with Child Protective Services when Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center was established. Deborah left CPS and became the first Executive Director. At that time, no one knew what an Advocacy Center did, so it became Deborah’s job to work all day educating law enforcement agencies, all agencies involving children, and the legal system concerning the need to serve abused children. She also interviewed the abused children and worked with the non-offending family members. In the evenings, Deborah and I educated every church group, service club, and organization that would have us. We also visited every City Council and Commissioner’s Court in the 33rd Judicial District.
As the Center grew, we needed more room. With the support of community donations and grants, plans were made for the Sunshine House. The house was built in 1998. Deborah’s father made the leaded glass Sunshine House sign on the front of the building.
The Children’s Advocacy Center would never have been the success it has become without the 19 year dedication of Deborah Keith and her passion of serving the abused children in the Hill Country.”
Deborah’s impact on the lives of the children and families in the Hill Country will be remember for many years to come.