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Feb. 10, 1956 - Sept. 30, 2012
Debra Renee (Hanson) Burns, 56, a longtime resident of Austin, passed peacefully after a long illness. Private family services are planned for a later date.
Born in Algona, Iowa, a graduate of Algona High and Texas A&M, and most recently a longtime employee of the State of Texas. Her fierce loyalty to friends and love of adventure and all animals will be missed, especially by her niece, Stevie Bear, and Stevie's partner, Amy Mashberg who cared for her in her final years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rena and Wayne Hensen of Algona; brother, Richard Mittag of California.
Survivors include her sisters, Judy Mittag of Texas and Judith Rude of Minnesota; brothers, Ronald Mittag of California and Steven E. Burns of Bryan; step-daughter, Teresa Heffelfinger of Enid, Okla.; grandchildren, Heather Heffelfinger of Waco and Layla and Jude Vassar of Enid, Okla.
Family requests memorials may be made to the animal sanctuary of your choice.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2012