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Deborah E. KEAN

July 30, 1948 — July 29, 2020

Deborah E. KEAN, 71, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Holland, died Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in her home.

Born July 30, 1948, in Springville, she was the daughter of Griffin W., Jr. and Betty J. Pratt Smith.

A graduate of Holland Central School, she earned an associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Erie County Technical Institute. Deborah was employed by the Gowanda and Buffalo Psychiatric Centers as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant for 34 years.

Surviving are: her longtime companion of 19 years, Carl Ruch; a daughter, Heather (Mark) Geoghegan of Attica; three grandchildren, Bailey Thomas, Timothy, Logan, all of Attica;  a sister, Susan Blyth of Booneville, AR; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Kean.

Cremation was held at Olney-Foust Crematory.

A private graveside service will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, East Aurora.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at

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