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Debra Heanu

March 11, 1957 — May 9, 2024

Wellford, SC

Debra Heanu, affectionately known as "Owl" for her wisdom and nocturnal creativity, soared gracefully through her life's journey and has now taken her final flight into the night sky. Born on March 11, 1957, in the warm and welcoming town of Greer, SC, Debra's radiant spirit began its earthly adventure, bringing light and love to all who crossed her path. On May 9, 1957, surrounded by the comforting embrace of her hometown, Wellford, SC, Debra's vibrant essence transitioned from this world, leaving behind a legacy of beauty and inspiration.

Debra's life was a testament to the power of nurturing relationships and the strength of family bonds. She was a beloved sister to Martha Littlefield, a devoted mother to her son David Heanu and daughter Leilani Heanu, and a cherished grandmother to Kawika, Keola, Maya, Michaelle, and Leimomi. Her joy was further multiplied as she became a great-grandmother to Kaipo and Makana. Each family member was a unique brushstroke in the masterpiece of her life, and her circle of friends, vast and varied, added depth and color to her world.

Education was a stepping stone for Debra, as she honed her skills in High School and further at a Trade School for typists and computer science. Her professional journey was as diverse as her interests, from the precision of a machinist to the warm welcome of a hotel front desk manager, and the meticulous planning of a catering manager. Each role was performed with a dedication that was unmistakably Debra.

An artisan at heart, Debra's hands wove magic with feathers, beads, paint, and drawings. Her soul sang through her songs and poetry, and her voice echoed the depth of her spirit as a motivational speaker. She was a beacon of creativity, igniting the flames of passion and purpose in others.

Loving, gentle, and generous—these words are but a whisper of the symphony that was Debra's essence. Her life was a melody of kindness and compassion that resonated in the hearts of those she touched. As a motivational speaker, she would often say, "Each of us is a masterpiece in progress, a canvas of potential waiting to be painted with our choices and actions." Debra lived this message every day, encouraging others to craft their lives with intention and joy.

Today, as we reflect on the life of Debra "Owl" Heanu, let us celebrate the artistry of her existence. Her story does not end here; it is etched in the memories of her loved ones and immortalized in the lives she has inspired. Debra's journey continues within each of us, in every act of kindness, every creative endeavor, and every word of encouragement shared. Fly high, Debra, your legacy endures.
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