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Cancer takes Miss Hogg after long, brave battle




Miss Hogg was always able to keep a smile on her face and say a nice word to others as she fought breast cancer.

Miss Hogg was always able to keep a smile on her face and say a nice word to others as she fought breast cancer.

Funeral services were set to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday for Deborah Kay Hogg, 62, of Kona. She died October 17 at Pikeville Medical Center.

A daughter of the late Maynard and Evaleen Hogg, she was a 1972 graduate of Fleming-Neon High School and was graduated in 1976 from Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital School of Professional Nursing.

After working in the nursery at Harlan ARH, Miss Hogg obtained her bachelor of science degree in nursing at East Tennessee State University. She then completed her master of science in nursing at the University of Kentucky. She taught nursing in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System for 23 years.

Following her 2008 cancer diagnosis, she retired from nursing education in 2010. Miss Hogg ended her career in 2013 with Mountain Instant Care which, alongside her niece, Larissa Hogg Bailey, she founded in 2010.

As a member of the Neon Community Lions Club, Miss Hogg led efforts toward the establishment of the student nursing center at Letcher County Central High School. She served on several advisory boards including Hospice of the Bluegrass, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, the Letcher County Tourism Committee, and the Esta Craft Conway Center for Domestic Violence. As a result of her fundraising efforts, upon completion of the Build, Heal and Thrive addition to Whitesburg ARH, a labor and delivery room was named in her honor.

Miss Hogg was a member of Neon First Church of God and Women of the Church of God.

Miss Hogg loved her nephew and niece as her own. She often spoke of her greatest blessing in life, which she considered being present at the birth of and to give the first baths to all of her great-nieces and her great-nephew. “Deb’s Diner”, as she called it, was open every Monday night for the family to gather and eat.

Surviving are a brother, Paul M. Hogg and wife Sandy of Kona; a nephew, Jason Paul Hogg and wife Tina of Kona; a niece, Larissa Hogg Bailey and husband Nathan of Kona; a great-nephew, Grant Cooper Bailey; and greatnieces, Sophia Grace Hogg, Allisandra Blake Bailey and Jaci Harper Hogg. She is also survived by a cousin, Teresa Hogg, and her son, David Ethan Hogg.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College for the Maynard and Evaleen Hogg Scholarship Fund. Make out checks to SEKCTC and write in the memo “Maynard and Evaleen Hogg Scholarship”. Mail checks to SEKCTC, Attention Angie Sturgill, 700 College Road, Cumberland, Ky. 40823.


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