December 9, 2013


SEPT. 24, 1957 — DEC. 7, 2013

The Oskaloosa Herald


Deborah DeCuir, 56, of Oskaloosa passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 7, 2013, at the MHP Hospice Services Serenity House in Oskaloosa. 
Deborah “Debo” Marguerite De Cuir, daughter of John and Marguerite (Secrest) De Cuir, was born Sept. 24, 1957, in Los Angeles, Calif. Because of her father’s career in film production, her family resided in Italy and Egypt when Debo was a child. During those years, she was home-schooled and exposed to multiple cultures and languages. These experiences helped her to easily learn and speak many languages throughout her life. 

After graduating high school in Los Angeles, she attended U.C.L.A. where she earned a degree in art. She was then accepted at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and obtained a law degree in 1983. As an attorney, she spent 10 years working for the State Bar Association of California; specializing in Ethics law and prosecuting lawyers. Later, she worked in the audio book industry. In addition to preparing books for audio production, she directed recordings by authors and other voice talent to some acclaim. Her volunteer work included online advising to help people recover from use of prescription drugs and subsequent prescription drug addictions.
Debo met Karl Seidel in 1992 and they were married in 2002. A gifted writer, editor and artist, Debo often used her skills to assist Karl in his work. In 2008, they moved to Oskaloosa, to pursue Karl’s career. 

Debo had a great passion for communicating with all types of people and made friends everywhere she went. She had a keen sense of fairness and strived for equality for all in her work and personal endeavors. Debo loved to travel and meet and get to know people. And she never lost her appreciation for art. 

She was a member of the California Bar Association and attended the Oskaloosa Friends Church. Her family includes her husband Karl; her sister, Gabrielle De Cuir, her brother, John De Cuir; her niece, Cassandra De Cuir; and her nephew John David De Cuir. 

Debo was preceded in death by her parents. 

As was her wish her body had been cremated and no services are planned at this time. Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with her arrangements. Memorial contributions may be submitted through: http://www.analcancerfoundation.org/donate/ .

Memories and condolences may be sent by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.gvlfuneralchapel.com. 

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