Deborah S. Roberts of Landenberg

Deborah S. Roberts, 65, of Landenberg, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on June 20.

Debby was the founder of Nonantum Veterinary Clinic.  She was devoted to her patients, their families and to her colleagues.  Debby’s passion for her work was evident to everyone around her.  That passion was second only to her love for her family.

Debby was born Deborah Bruce Smith on Sept. 28, 1952, the daughter of Bernard E. Smith Jr. and Leonore Smart Smith of Bedford, NY. Her childhood love for animals never diminished and in 1976 she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania School of  Veterinary Medicine. In 1978 Debby married Kenneth J. Roberts of Avondale. Soon they purchased their farm in Landenberg and celebrated the arrival of their first child. In 1981 Kenny sold a prized cow in order to pay Debby’s final tuition bill before her graduation from vet school. Together Debby & Kenny built Nonantum Veterinary Clinic, Debby with her plans and Kenny with his hands. The clinic opened in 1983.

In the years since Debby was honored and proud to be joined by an outstanding group of colleagues at the clinic all of whom shared her value of quality patient care first and foremost.  The success of Nonantum Veterinary Clinic was a source of great satisfaction, pride and happiness for Debby.

Debby greatest joy, however, was her family. Debby and Kenny raised three boys on their farm at Nonantum.  The boys, like their parents, are committed to the land and they have remained in Landenberg working on the farm or managing the clinic.

Debby is survived by her husband Kenneth J. Roberts, her children, Jonathan W. Roberts, Bernard B. and Andrea Roberts, Kenneth P. and Cindy Roberts and by six grandchildren: Brooke, Brody, Lillian, Bella, Bernard, Jr. & Everett.

Debby is also survived by a brother and by five sisters.

Services at Avondale Presbyterian Church will be on July 7. Calling hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m.; the service will begin at 11.

In lieu of flowers, Debby’s family would appreciate a donation to the Veterinary Care Foundation.  The link can be found at Nonantum’s home page:  Alternatively, donations can be made by check to: London Britain Township Land Trust, c/o London Britain Twp, PO Box 215, Kemblesville, PA 19347.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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