Deborah Eileen Leabo
Deborah Eileen Leabo was born in Alexandria, LA on February 20, 1951 and died September 23, 2018. She was the daughter of Henry Thomas and Theda Shannon Thomas. A wake was held on Saturday, September 29 at her home located at 5096 Dixie Garden Drive from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Deborah attended Airline High School and Louisiana Tech University and graduated from both with honors. After earning her degrees, she dedicated her life to working as a public servant and spent her entire career at the Social Security Administration.
Her life was a full one. When she was younger, she traveled Europe, both with friends and hitchhiking on her own. Deborah learned how to sail well enough to handle a vessel on her own, and she was an avid outdoorswoman. Never mind that she occasionally wore footwear completely unsuited for the hikes she wanted to go on. The one thing common throughout her life was her persistence.
Deborah was a dedicated wife and mother who consistently did her best to take care of her family and the people around her. Some of our fondest memories of her are of meandering meals in the kitchen, trips to North Carolina and the Northwest, the warm smile and long conversations she always had in her back pocket, and of her playing the guitar and singing when the mood took her.
She is survived by her husband, John Leabo, who lovingly provided her with care and companionship through the end of her life, her son, Nathaniel Flanders, and her friends and family, including all of the people she touched in her life who she made sure felt as close as family. We will all miss her dearly.