Debra Sue Lees

July 7, 2019
Debra Sue Lees

Debra Sue Lees, 67, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 7, 2019.

Debra loved history, she worked and lived in Colonial Williamsburg, and loved everything about it. She spent 18 years working for the CW and was part of a beloved community of interpreters.  Her Christmas wreaths were breathtaking and won plenty of awards. She truly loved her work, home, and family. Her family will miss her fun spirit.

Debra is survived by her daughters Vanessa (Thomas) Sargent and Sarah Hyde; sisters Patricia (James) Tenniswood, Susan Roberson, and Gretchen Breeden; grandchildren Audrey Loving, Allysa Loving, Alexis Walker, Megan Sargent, Marina Pennington, Dominic Vaughn; and great grandchildren, Riley Henry and Aven Loving.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Bucktrout Funeral Home.

Debra was a kind spirit that enjoyed doing for others, including her animal friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Humane Society.


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  • July 10, 2019
    Holly says:
    Deb was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She touched my life and I’ll never forget her.

  • July 10, 2019
    Katherine Warden says:
    We all have lost a beautiful lady and one I counted as a friend since she started at CW with me in School and Groups. Loved her skill with Christmas decorations. She just wouldn't give up her secrets, but would tell me stories about baking and putting them together! The guests I led on decorations tours loved hearing the back stories. Really neat when her kitties would appear in the window as we came up to her house! I'll miss you and your red cloak! Play with all the fur babies who have gone over the rainbow bridge, especially the squirrels and kitties. Love you Deb.

  • July 10, 2019
    Andrea Squires says:
    I knew Deb as a co-worker in CW evening programs. She always told me I was her favorite storyteller and just made me feel wonderful, and she did that for all who knew her. My deep condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  • July 10, 2019
    Amy Sapp lit a candle:
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  • July 10, 2019
    Marilyn J Jennings says:
    Deb and I worked together in School and Group Services (Group Interpretations) and in Evening Programs. After some initial differences Deb and I came to have great respect for each other, and we became close friends. Deb charmed her school groups, people she welcomed in her role as an Orientation Interpreter, and those she led on evening programs tours. Her smile and her laugh were infectious. She was kind to co-workers and truly cared about them. Her artistic talents with the Christmas decorations on her CW house were legendary. She often swore she wasn't going to do the decorations again. Then she'd create another unique, memorable and delightful animal themed set of decorations for her door and windows. She was a blue ribbon winner for years. Deb will be missed by so many people at Colonial Williamsburg as well as by those of us who have left or retired from CW. I trust that fond memories and happy times will bring comfort to her family. My sincerest condolences to all those who survive her.