Heather M. Deaton, 22, battled cystic fibrosis

July 21, 2004

Heather Marguerite Deaton, a 1999 Glen Burnie High School graduate who had spent her life fighting cystic fibrosis, died Saturday of the disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Pasadena resident was 22.

Born in Baltimore, she was 11 months old when cystic fibrosis was diagnosed.

"She spent years fighting her illness and used to go to Hopkins two or three times a year to have her lungs cleared," said her maternal grandmother, Marguerite Rush of Pasadena.

Despite her illness, Miss Deaton was determined to lead a normal life. She had been active in Girl Scouts and a member of the chorus and drama club at Lake Shore Elementary School.

"She liked collecting pictures of butterflies, statues of trolls and Care Bears," Mrs. Rush said. "In 1996, she was given a trip to Disney World by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Halloween was her favorite holiday because she could pretend to be anyone she wanted and didn't have to deal with her illness. Her Aunt Cindy made her costumes, and for years she'd win best-costume awards."

A memorial service will be held at 8:30 p.m. today at Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home, 421 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie.

Miss Deaton also is survived by her 1-year-old daughter, Mariah Nicole Lynn Taylor; her parents, Robert and Victoria Deaton of Glen Burnie; a brother, Robby Deaton of Pasadena; a sister, Sarah Zaengle of Pasadena; her paternal grandmother, Barbara Deaton of Lewes, Del.; her maternal grandfather, William Rush of Pasadena; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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