Deborah Butterfly, considered a hippie by some, called herself a flower child, claiming “You had to be there to understand the difference.”
Whatever the label, peace and love were at her core. Some of her other labels included: holistic healer, midwife apprentice, nature lover, biology teacher, free spirit and lifelong feminist.
She honored Native American traditions, respected Eastern religions, followed the words of Jesus, and believed in a compassionate God.
Seldom a drinker, though coffee she was seldom without. She enjoyed a smoke, but never touched cigarettes. In recent decades, Blue Ridge was her home. Now she lives on in the hearts of her children Emily, Zech and Star, and her grandchildren Briar, Serenity and Indigo.
She was happiest making others happy and often quipped, “Have a nice day, don't forget to play.”
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Published by Star Local Media from Jun. 25 to Jul. 1, 2021.