Hera was one of the most thoughtful and caring individuals you could meet. She had a heart of gold and a personality that just made being around her so much fun. She would start dancing when a song she loved came on and didn’t care what anyone thought. To know her when she was sober was like having an additional person in your family. She would help you find a job you could be passionate about, encourage you to go back to school, and offer a temporary place to stay until you got on your feet. She was passionate about helping others and touched many peoples’ lives. She thrived in the Millville Housing Authority because she was able to help families and help the city she lived in.
Hera loved to learn about Native American culture and wanted to go back to school for archaeology. She was passionate about politics and wanted to help educate others on her views. She was always reading and educating herself. We have heard so many stories about how she could hold a conversation with anyone about anything. Even if she disagreed with viewpoints she would let people know their views were heard without judgement.
Hera was the best version of herself when sober, but her addiction robbed her of many things in her life including relationships with her family and many close friends. In her absence, we hope that those who are struggling with addiction will hear her story and use it as a possible instrument of strength to help themselves and reconnect with their families. We hope you will consider donating to Shatterproof, a nonprofit trying to help educate people about addiction and break the stigma that surrounds the disease. Hera for many years tried to make a difference in people's lives and by donating in her name she still can.