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Retired Robinson ISD employee dies of COVID-19, family confirms

Robinson ISD Superintendent Michael Hope said Debbie Chaneyworth had worked for the district for years.

ROBINSON, Texas — A retired employee of the Robinson Independent School District died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19, her daughter confirmed to 6 News.

Debbie Chaneyworth's daughter Becky Queen said her mother died of COVID-19 related pneumonia. 

"Debbie was a whirlwind of color and light; she blessed every person she came in contact with," Queen said. "She was kind and fiercely loving. She loved her horses and fishing with her husband of 39 years. She loved so completely. Debbie will be very missed by all who ever had the pleasure of her company."

Robinson ISD Superintendent Michael Hope said Chaneyworth worked with students and staff as a paraprofessional for years.

"She was that wonderful smiling face greeting students and seeing them off each day," Hope said.

Hope said Chaneyworth retired in 2020.

Chaneyworth is the third educator in McLennan County to die of COVID-19.

Two teachers at Connally ISD, Natalia Chansler and David "Andy" McCormick, died about one week apart the school district said. Both teachers taught at the junior high school.

Belton ISD teacher Lisa Austin also died of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the district.