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Heather Marie Christensen
September 10, 1973 ~ February 21, 2023 (age 49) 49 Years Old
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Heather Marie Christensen, also known as “Heather-Bean”, “Beanie”, and “Princess”, came into this world on 9-10-73. She departed this earthly world on angel’s wings on 2-21-23, at age 49. Heather Bean was a fighter, persevering relentlessly despite a year of seemingly endless challenges. Heather-Bean spent her entire adult life at Bayside of Poquoson due to developmental challenges from birth. She was diagnosed with Rhett’s Syndrome, a degenerative disorder, by Boston Children’s Hospital in 1978. Heather has always been child-like and affectionately known as “the baby” throughout her years at Bayside. Heather has and will continue to touch many lives. Heather had a fierce advocate in her mom, Patty Meseroll, who visited Heather daily until her passing in December 2008. Patty’s love for her was beyond measure or words.
Some of Heather-Bean’s favorite things included: ketchup on anything; listening to music; being sung to; going outside in her wheelchair for fresh air to watch the nasty Canada geese chase people; visits from her family including nieces, nephews and occasional fur babies. She loved getting snuggles and kisses from Smithers (a sweet pup).
Heather-Bean was special in so many ways. She did not get to enjoy many of what we see as life’s treasures. She never had a boyfriend or was able to marry. She didn’t experience world travel or enjoy fancy outings. Some might feel she was robbed of a good life, but she enjoyed her life and taught us many valuable lessons, including unconditional love; to be grateful; to live our lives with purpose and courage; joy and laughter over small things; patience in understanding the universal plan; perseverance; Honey-Badger toughness; faith and hope. She was our angel here on earth. She looked out for each of us and we believe she knew so much more than we ever imagined. Heather will be buried with her mom’s ashes so they may spend eternity side by side on our earth as well as in Heaven.
Heather joins members of her loving family Mom, Patty Meseroll and John Meseroll (Dad). She leaves to cherish her memory sister, Shannon Rose and husband Mike of Michigan; her two nephews and niece Mitchell Rose, Taylor Rose and Allison Heather Rose; sister, Laurie Meseroll Bolt and husband Brian of Virginia; her two nephews Samuel Bolt and Joshua Bolt; brother, John H. Meseroll of Pennsylvania.; Father, Dennis W. Christensen; brother, Bryan Christensen; nephew, Hayden Christensen.
There will be a small gathering of family and close friends at the gravesite to honor Heather-Bean and to set her free from all the pain and limitations put on her while on this earth. We will also celebrate the reunion of Heather with her mom. This celebration will occur on Monday, February 27, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Parklawn Wood in Hampton, Virginia. In closing we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who loved and cared for our sweet Bean over the years at Bayside. To our special angels at Legacy Hospice Kashiki, Kay and Marianne who lovingly cared for Heather, we will forever be grateful.
Arrangements and heartfelt guidance through Claytor Rollins Funeral Home.
Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.