1942 - 2021
Harrell Funeral Home of Dripping Springs (in Austin)
100 Heritage Drive
Austin, TX

Paulette Claire Heartwell (nee Zeller), of Dripping Springs, TX, passed away unexpectedly July 21, 2021.

Paulette was born on October 31, 1942, in New Orleans, LA, the seventh of Frank and Emma Zeller's ten children. Despite being the most kind hearted and generous of the children, as a child she drew the nickname, Halloween Witch, a product of her birthday falling on the holiday. Everyone knew better. She was raised in New Orleans, and attended Our Lady Star of the Sea elementary school, John McDonogh High School and then Louisiana State University. She worked in advertising production and in 1969 married Stephen F. Heartwell. They lived for many years in Plano, TX, raising their two children Kevin and Kellie. With their children grown, the couple moved to Omaha, Nebraska for several years, then finally settled in Dripping Springs, TX, after Dr. Heartwell's retirement in 2016. Paulette loved traveling, painting and spending time with her children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was a talented cook and everyone loved her gumbo. She always kept in touch with her siblings and other family members, and took it upon herself to keep everyone informed of family developments; over the years being the bearer of both good and bad news.

She is preceded in death by her siblings, Lloyd, Frances, Earline, Roland, Billy, and Patsy.

She is survived and missed dearly by her husband, Stephen Heartwell, her daughter Kellie (Bill Carlson), her son Kevin (Jeannie Heartwell), her nieces, Peggy Zeller (Bill Shupp), and Kimberly Zeller, as well as her grandchildren: Dorothy Anne and Ashley Heartwell of Corpus Christi, TX and Annabelle, Magnus and Sofia Carlson of Aspen, CO. and by her siblings Lorena Bonnaffons, Bobby Zeller, and Sidney Zeller.

A memorial service will be held for Paulette on August 21, 2021, at 11:00am at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA.

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St. Louis Cathedral
New Orleans, LA
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I will be praying for the entire family. I have been friends of the family since 1957 when I first met Billy at St. Aloysius.
Nickie Di Maggio
August 8, 2021
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