Debra L. Heral, 54, of Delta Junction, died Dec. 24, 2011, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Moose Lodge No. 911 in Delta Junction.
Debbie was born Aug. 17, 1957, at Elmendorf Air Force Base to the late Dorris and Earrie Whitt. She was the youngest of five children. When Debbie was young, the family moved from the Eagle River area to Delta Junction, where she had resided ever since. In 1977 she married Norman Paul Heral, and they had two children, Lisa and Jeremy. Debbie spent 20-plus years as a typesetter for The Delta Wind, a secretary for Alaska Motor Coaches and the secretary for Help Secretarial. For a short time, she and Paul owned a restaurant in Delta named The White Raven. Paul and Debbie parted ways in 1997.
Debbie spent the past seven years as a dispatcher for the Alaska State Troopers. Her family had never seen her happier than when she was working with the state troopers. Her pastimes included playing bingo, spending hours on the phone with friend Kay Hennager and watching football with her boyfriend, Wayne Burns. Her family states, “Mom was a fixture in Delta, a town that she loved. She will be truly missed by not only her family but the community she adored so much.”
Debbie is survived by many, including her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Andrew Kozarik of Fairbanks and their son, Alexander; son, Jeremy Heral of Fairbanks; sister, Louise Whitt of Alexandria, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Dee and Don Walker of San Jose, Calif.; and brothers and sister-in-laws, Ralph and Judy Whitt and Ray and Cindy Whitt of Fairbanks; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers (800) 770-5050, P.O. Box 100280, Anchorage, Alaska 99510-0280.