By Kara Ferguson
On January 4, 2017 our dear friend, Heidi Newton, lost her battle with cancer. This vibrantly beautiful woman fought like a warrior from beginning to end and touched so many people during her journey.
We met in 1999 while working at Camp Campbell. Cassie Castillo introduced us and Heidi quickly became part of of our circle of friends (I’d list all of you, if I could). As the years flew by that circle grew, and Heidi made her way into the hearts of many members of the SLV, and beyond. She had a zest for life that was contagious, so she was a joy to be around.
Heidi grew up in Long Island, NY, and moved here with her mom, Debbie, when she was 19. Debbie married Paul Depenau, and they all lived here in Boulder Creek together. Her sister, Angela, lives here with her boyfriend, Robert, and daughters, Jessie, and “Little” Debbie, who were the lights of Heidi’s life. During her final days, she was surrounded by her loving cousin, Brandi Weems, and Aunt Gloria, as well as countless others.
Her family and friends were her reason for living.
Heidi believed when we pass our spirit returns to earth to give back what we were given. That we are forever alive through the birds, flowers, trees, mountains, and even the air we breathe. That there is never an end but only a new beginning.
A memorial is scheduled for Sunday, January 22 @ 11:00 am: Oak Hill Memorial Park & Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow, location provided at Memorial.
300 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125