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Debra Rae (Cummings) Turner

October 1, 1959 ~ August 7, 2018 (age 58)

Debra Rae Turner, 58, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at her residence.  She was born on October 1, 1959, in Oelwein, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Lou (Dugan) Cummings.  Deb was educated in the West Central Schools in Maynard and graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1988. 


In 1977, Deb was united in marriage to Patrick Moellers.  Three children were born to this union.  The couple later divorced.  In 1998, Deb was united in marriage to Daniel Turner.  One son was born to this union.  The couple later divorced.


Deb was a poet who wrote poetry of various themes for many years.  Her themes included: God, her children, “special” people and friends, the beauty of love and life, as well as the hurt and pain.  Deb had many achievements during her life including: a diploma in art from the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Outstanding Young Women in America Award in 1987; the Golden Poet Award from the World of Poetry in Sacramento, California in 1987; two certificates of Merit for 1988 and 1989 from the World of Poetry; a Certificate of Recognition from the National Library of Poetry in Washington, D.C. Deb also received two certificates of Recognition from Astro Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for outstanding songwriter in regards to “Blue Jean Baby” and “Me and Him” and completed several volumes of “On the Mountain of Love”.


Deb also loved drawing and wrote song lyrics.  She loved her family and cherished the time she spent with them. 


Survivors include her four children, Kerry (Jeff) Larson of Independence, Patrick Moellers, Jr., of Westgate, Kristy (Shannon McDonald) Moellers of Colesburg, and John Turner of North Buena Vista; four grandchildren, Alexis McKee, Xavier Reeves, Alec Larson, and Jordan Larson; her mother, Mary Lou Oldfather of Oelwein; seven siblings, Perry Cummings, Jeffery (Karen) Cummings, Jayne (Dom) Quario, Angie (Mike) Hansel, Bob (Pam Greenley) Cummings, Gary (Liz) Cummings, and Peggy (Jesse Happel) Cummings; and many nieces and nephews.


Deb was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Cummings; one sister in infancy, Shirley; two brothers, Ronald and Gene Cummings; and a niece, Jade Horkheimer.