Hernandez, Deborah June
Deborah Hernandez, a quiet, generous, creative loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at Seton Medical Center in Kyle Texas. She was 66 years old.
Deborah was born to Agnes and Vernon Boling on April 27th, 1953 in Porterville, California. She was one of seven children. On November 10th, 1978, she married John Hernandez in Bakersfield, California. Deborah raised her family while becoming one of the first 1000 woman to earn her Commercial Driver License, becoming an over the road trucker with her husband John. She drove big rigs over the road and local for over 44 years. Deborah's favorite job was driving for Apache Asphalt in Buda Texas which she did for 7 years, until she was forced to retire due to a health emergency. Deborah was creative. She loved to create jewelry and dream catchers. Her imagination would get the best of her as she sat outside in her perfectly maintained garden and yard, watching clouds pass by, imagining what they look like. She loved to landscape and had an eye for symmetry. She was also an accomplished artist and painter. She loved to take pictures of her family with her cell phone, but never liked having a photo taken of her. Deborah would often sit and look at her phone's photos, share them with family and tell a story about each photo, what it represented and every detail about that moment. She loved her dog "Little Bit" and took her everywhere. She was in the midst of planning a trip to California and declared under no certain terms that if Little bit couldn't go then she wouldn't go. Deborah loved life and her family and was very proud of them. She was preceded in death by her parents Agnes and Vernon as well as her great grandson Matthew.
Deborah's light and energy will be greatly missed by her husband of 45 years, John Hernandez, her son Douglas Bell, daughter Christine Bell and her son Matthew Hernandez as well as her seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with one on the way. Her presence will also be missed by her siblings Dortha Boling, Virgil Boling, Norma Boling, Bob Boling and Jerry Boling.
Friends and family are invited to Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, Texas, on Monday, February 17, 2020, for a time of visitation before she is transported to Bakersfield, California for funeral services with Basham Funeral Home, 3312 Niles Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306 (661) 873-8200 and interment at Hillcrest Cemetery also in Bakersfield.
Please visit www.Harrellfuneralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Deborah's family on this memorial site.
Funeral assistance provided by Harrell Funeral Home 1715 Kirby Lane, Kyle, TX 78640 (512) 268-8200
My Aunt Debbie is a truly special person who is dearly loved and always will be. I have too many stories that I could share but the one of the many things that stands out the strongest was when she would visit when she was in town when I was growing up. She & Uncle John always made time for my family and always paid attention to me. I remember being so very excited when I knew they were coming to visit. Even into adulthood, I looked forward to my special time with my Aunt Debbie. She and Uncle John made time to come and stay at my place when I lived in CA. It was so special because my parents were there too and we played a great card game. Hanging out with her as an adult was just as much fun as when I was a kid!
She surprised me with my first dream catcher that she handmade, which is still hanging in my room to keep nightmares away. She was so talented! She also sent my husband Steve and I an adorable little bear on its back with his paws in the air to hold onto a wine bottle, out of the blue and for no special reason other than she saw it and thought of us. She said she just had to buy it and send it to us. She always did special stuff like this.
I also remember my last visit with her and my Uncle John. Steve and I flew out to San Antonio and they drove an hour to come spend the day with us and take us to the Alamo. We toured the area with them, went to an indoor-outdoor craft mall and had an amazing lunch with the biggest margaritas I've ever seen! Aunt Debbie, you'll always be in my heart and I'll always have our memories. You were taken too soon but I have faith that you were chosen to add another flower to God's bouquet. Steve and I will miss you greatly!
I want to tell you my most favorite memories I have of my Aunt Debbie. Granted, she was on the road a lot, but each time she came to visit, she would make a special trip to my room where she always made time to just sit and visit. Often, she would be on the floor talking to me, or me and one or two of my cousins and she would always sing me a couple songs, alcapella. She would ALWAYS sing to me or for me the song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins. I loved hearing her sing that song. She always made me feel important and honored that she would sing it to me. I cannot tell you how many countless times that I would turn back to those memories, even as an adult, to find comfort and solace. I have often played that song searching for those feelings that Aunt Debbie a singing would always bring me. When I heard the terrible news of her passing, the first thing I wanted to do, and did, was to play that song again. I live you Aunt Debbie. I never told you how much those times meant to me and oh how I wish I had. You will live on forever in my heart and soul. Rest in peace now. You deserve it.
I miss you so much mommie.....
Mommy kiss summy and Pillzy grandma grandpa and uncle lonnie for me please I am so sorry I did not come see you but the past few months our talks have filled my heart in every way I love you mommy