In loving tribute to Deborah D. Keele:
Words from friends, family and other loved ones.

You have brought so much into my life: Cats (always 3), Kids (also 3), colors (an orange living room), joy, and most of all the greatest love I've ever known. Thank you. You are now and will always be in my heart. I love you. Michael

"Nite-nite, I love you!" Nicholas

I am so glad that I am the dark-haired woman. Knowing you has been one of the best parts of my life. My only regret is that we waited so long to find each other! I love you very much! Leanne

I thank you for making Michael so happy these last years. And I am so glad that our friendship and love has grown and bloomed also. AK (Karyn)

You have been a wonderful daughter-in-law and friend. We have been very close, I think, You have always been there when I needed you. I want to thank you for being the person that you are and for making my son very happy. The time that you have had together has been a joyous time for him and in that way you have made me very happy. Both Dad and I love you very much. Mom

It has been a privilege and an honor to have you for a cousin, and to be sisters of the heart. I may have taught you how to sew, but you have given me back so much more in return. I am a better person for having you in my life. You will forever and always be in my heart and soul. I love you, now and always. Ness
P.S. Say hi to our cousin Steve (and Sharon) when you see them.

She is my sister by vow, my friend, my confidante. She is the personification of beauty and grace. She is one who embraces life and gives of herself freely and completely. She is all in this world to so many. I love her.
She and I frolicked through the times of our lives from young maidens to brides. We danced through our weddings, our childbirths, our midlives. Her talents are endless, her intellect sublime. I am so grateful that she has been mine.
Now no wizard can heal her, though many have tried. Charlatans, all, my angry side cries! Their potions and remedies have failed miserably. They've poisoned her, cut and burned so brutally. My sane side declares they've done all that they could. If I could bear the pain for her, I would.
No secrets between us. We've always bared our souls. Don't go, Deborah, I cry out. Can you hear me? The woman in the moon doesn't need you, not as much as we do -- I do. Yet to the sky that night I look…she gazes down at me as if to say, ya right, as if you know what's best. I look up again to plead one more time, but her eyes softly tell me that it is your time.
With wisdom she chastises. With love she tolerates. With what can I hold her, fairy dust abates. The lady is calling, listen carefully. Carry her gently, oh angel celestial, most tenderly. When I am completed, come carry me. She'll be there to greet me and once again we will laugh, dance and sing through the mists of time where life still exists.

To my auntie. I love you. I have always had the crush that young men get when being around an Angel. You are golden to me. As a grown man i have often reflected on the time that we have spent together, and all i can see is you smiling proudly at me. I have carried the name Hills for two and a half decades, and for the rest of my life it will remind me of you. It is time for you to depart this mortal shell and leave with us your memories. Farewell Deborah Keele. Love Jeremy Bryon Hills

Deborah, Milady, Friend, and Mother
Having the few years with your family growing up has been so wonderful, I only wish we could have had more time together. Your family will continue to be a part of my life, we will always think of you as mom. Every time I see a frog I always think of you, "I guess thats a trademark i'll never forget. When little Devin grows up and she asks me who the lady is holding me in all those pictures, I will tell her that you were a beautiful life who went before her time and who taught me a valuable lesson in life, that a woman is strong and can survive anything. I believe what I told you before I left that I would have no tears because you are not a dying woman, but that you are a celebration of life. We love you so much!
Mary and little Devin

I love you dearly and I will miss you greatly. You are a hero to me and for your courage I shall never forget. You were always there for me or anyone who knew you and that makes you a great person. I so unbelievably thankful that I was able to come to Colorado to visit you in June, and I do believe it was fate, for in the winter time I was thinking of coming to visit you, but it was not going to be until August, this month! But then something wonderful happened and my mother and Eden had decided to come in June and I was able to come with them. That to me was a miracle and I am so blessed that I was able to see you then. All I can say is that I love you so much. I am so greatful that I was able to know so a wonderful person and I will never forget all the wonderful things you taught and how my life was changed by you and how I will grow to be a better person with a bigger heart. Thank you.

For my Deborah
My beautiful baby girl!
How I love you. What a joy it has been to have you in my life. We took you into our hearts and you became one of the crazy Braun family. I don't believe there was one of us you didn't help. To my sweet beautiful redhead niece, best friend, confidante, I know you'll be waiting for me when it is my turn to go - So Darling, until we meet again - you are not gone - you are just "away."
Aunt Nonie/ Mom

My Mentor, My Friend, My Mother
There are no words that I can say to describe how much Mom means to me. I do know that without all the wonderful times I have shared with her and her family and friends, I would not be the person I am today. When I felt alone she came to stand beside me. When I was lost she always came to find me. When I was down she found a way to bring me up again. When I was happy she took my hand and we danced to the joys of life. She taught me how to be a child and then she taught me how to be a woman then she taught me how to be a real mom. She was with me when I received the most wonderful gift of my life, my son. She was there during my biggest crisis, my divorce. She showed me I am strong enough to do anything and that I never have to settle for weakness in myself. Mom is a wonderful gift bestowed on this earth to touch us, challenge us, and help us change ourselves for the better. I can never repay all that she has done for me but I will spend the rest of my life giving back to others all the love she showered on my son and me. I Love You, Mom, and because of the many people you have touched you will live on forever. All she ever asked for was for me to be happy and to be the best mother I could be to her first grandchild. She is the lifeline of so many, the rock we all counted on, and now as the family in which she made us all a part of we will be the pillars of light for one another......For Mom wouldn't have it any other way. I love you, Mother, and we will all keep you alive in our hearts and through the things you taught us.
Love, Your Daughter, Eden
P.S. Your Pea Squirt will walk this earth proudly with you by his side always.