Deborah Kiley was an American sailor, author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur.
Deborah Scaling-Kiley was born on January 21, 1958, in Throckmorton, Texas, the USA. Not much is known about her family background, however, she debuted her career as a sailor at an early age, and started working as a crew member on yachts.
Deborah Kiley rose to prominence in 1981 as she became the first American woman to complete the Whitbread Round the World Race, working as a cook on the South African Xargo.
Deborah Kiley married twice in her lifetime, however, they did not work for her. She was first married to John Coleman Kiley III, and then to Greg Blackmon from 2005–200. She had two children: a daughter named Marka Kiley, and a son, John “Quatro” Kiley IV, who died from accidental drowning in 2009.
How Did Deborah Kiley Die?
Deborah Kiley passed away on August 13, 2012, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she had recently moved at the time. The exact cause of her death remains unknown as she is said to have died at her home from unknown causes. Deborah Kiley’s memorial service was conducted on August 24, 2012, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.