Deborah Speck Hurlbert

December 21, 1953January 1, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of Deborah (Debby) Hurlbert announce her passing at age 65, on January 1, 2019. She passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.

Debby was born on December 21, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from St. Elizabeth High School. Debby married Jim Hurlbert on April 8, 1978 and worked as a secretary and in retailing periodically, but her primary job and passion was her family.

Debby was an amazing lady who loved making memories with family and friends more than anything in the world. Throughout her almost thirty year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Debby could always be seen smiling, laughing, and continuously living her life to the fullest. She never let her limitations slow her down and she led a life that has inspired so many.

Debby is survived by her husband of forty years, Jim Hurlbert; her children Tim (Kimberly) and Jeff (Ashley); and her grandchildren Emma, Wesley, Hunter, and Abby.

A memorial service for Debby will be held on Monday, January 7 at 11am at the Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339. Memorial donations may be made to Houston Area Parkinson Society at


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 7, 2019

Deborah Speck Hurlbert

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Susan Livaudais

January 10, 2019

Debby and I were on the same tennis. I fondly remember her unwavering support for the team, our shared fondness for Talbot's, & our love of tennis. Even though Debby dealt with daily chronic pain, she did not want to miss socializing with others. She was a strong person, a wonderful lady, and I know she will be missed by many. I just wanted you to know that I will miss her, too. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Susan Livaudais

Kelly Smith

January 7, 2019

I am blessed to have crossed paths with someone I so admired.
Debby was a beautiful, funny, kind and determined lady..
She made our work together these past three years seem like a visit with a long time friend.
I will miss seeing her.
My thoughts are with you Jim and family.

Donald & Marilyn Smith

January 7, 2019

Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. So glad we were able to see you and Debbie at Michael's wedding. So sorry for your loss.
With our sincere sympathy,

Marilyn & Don Smith

Cynthia Cochrane

January 7, 2019

"Debs" was such an amazing woman! Although I was hired to be her caregiver, She very quickly became my friend, my sister. We shared so many fun times and "secrets". She had a heart of gold and everywhere we went people were genuinely happy to see her. I loved getting to know her family and that solidified how amazing and loving she was because they themselves are wonderful too.
I'm very thankful her transition over was met with her Sister Cookie being there to help her through. I will never forget her last words or her huge peaceful smile as she left us.
You will be missed but never forgotten my sweet Debs. 🌺💜

Cindy Speck

January 7, 2019

Aunt Debby looked so beautiful (as she always did) at Jeff and Ashley’s wedding. She will be so dearly missed.

Vicki Dixon

January 6, 2019

My prayers go out to Debby’s family. Debby was a bright light that left us to soon. I’m so grateful her beautiful smile and kind heart touched my life. ❤️

Halina Duncan

January 6, 2019

Dearest Debby

Such a sweet, vibrant and playful individual. Your smile was infectious and inviting. You were the bright light among us and you will be greatly missed.

So long for now, it’s time for you to rest.

Lovingly, Halina

Sally Goss

January 5, 2019

Another fun dinner at Amedeo’s November 2015

Sallt Goss

January 5, 2019

We shared so many laughs at our bunco gatherings. Christmas Party 2017

Rafik Slim

January 5, 2019

A great Lady indeed, unique, and special. Debby always had a pretty smile.
Her voice was full of positive energy. Debby was a model of strength, strong will and hope. She left a well defined path of determination and never giving up. She sure ran an ultra marathon and its really time to honor her with a beautiful trophy, engraved with victory.