Deborah Ann Holbrook Sneyd

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Deborah Ann Holbrook Sneyd, 55, a lifelong area resident, died Dec. 5, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. She will be sadly missed and loved forever.

A graduate of Webutuck High School, Mrs. Sneyd worked at Wassaic Developmental Center for many years until her retirement.

Deb’s hobbies included crocheting, shopping and collecting country decor.

Born in Hudson, N.Y., on Feb. 20, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Jacqueline (Kelsey) and Alan “Mickey†Moore.

On Aug. 20, 2005, in Hyde Park, she married Ronald Sneyd. Mr. Sneyd survives at home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Zane Richards of Millerton and Craig Moore of Yuma, Ariz.; a stepson, Ronald Sneyd Jr. of Long Island, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Ethan and Ava Richards, Kiernan, Caitlyn, Liam and Jacqueline Moore and Aaron James Sneyd; three sisters, Joanne Gop and her husband, Bruce, of Millerton, Dorothy Tanner and her husband, Art, of Millerton, and Sandy Holst-Grubbe of Sheffield, Mass.; two brothers, Eugene Moore and his wife, Dana, of Philmont, N.Y., and John Moore of Millerton; two brothers-in-law, William Sneyd and his wife, Judy, of Wappingers Falls and Glen Sneyd and his wife, Carol, of Fishkill; two sisters-in-law, Lynn  Kohnke and Terry Sneyd, both of Wappingers Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home in Hyde Park.

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