Heather Louise Valdez (1956-2017)

We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Heather Valdez, 61, of Manchaca, who brought light and love to those of us fortunate to know and cherish her.

Heather was a loving partner of Vince Valdez, and a cherished second mother to his daughters, Rachel Walker and Lindsay Nugent. As a children’s librarian in the Austin Public Library, she was known as Miss Heather to countless children who enjoyed her lively storytelling. She will leave behind family who loved her dearly: sisters Blythe Strong (Tom) of Tucson, Arizona and Melody Luepke (Charlie) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; stepdaughters Rachel Walker (Gary) and Lindsay Nugent (Chris), both of Burleson; grandchildren Megan, Hannah, and Ryan Walker, and Madison and Noah Nugent; nieces Ellen Tzeutschler and Laura Carroll of Saint Paul, Minnesota; and many dear friends, fellow librarians, and precious neighbors.

Those who wish to honor Heather are asked to consider donating to the Austin Public Library or the American Cancer Society. Our dear Heather is at rest; her light now shines elsewhere and lives on in our hearts.

Please visit www.Harrellfuneralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Heather’s family on her On-line memorial site.

Cremation assistance provided by Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, TX.

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