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Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX

OBITUARIO

Dena Teresa (Philpott) Vegter

2 diciembre , 197325 abril , 2019
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Mrs. Dena Vegter, age 45, of Conroe, Texas, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on April 25th.

Dena was born on December 02, 1973, in Rockledge Florida, to Donna Byrd and Jay Philpott. Dena grew up in Melbourne, Florida and graduated from Palm Bay High School (Class of '92). After High School she enrolled in Harding College of Nursing in Arkansas, later transferring to the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1997. While celebrating the passing of her nursing boards, Dena met her husband of 20 years and went on to have two amazing boys, Kael and Kasen.

Dena’s devotion in life was driven by growing and caring for her family, as well as helping the sick and saving lives as an accomplished Cardiac and ICU nurse. She was the driving force behind her family, supporting and loving her husband and two children like no other could while also advancing her career as an RN. Having grown up on the coast of Florida, Dena loved the beach and spending every summer with her family at the place they called home, Amelia Island. Most of all Dena enjoyed watching her sons grow up. She spent many mornings and evenings watching her son Kasen compete in swim and her oldest son Kael play competitive tennis. Her boys were her world!

There are no words to adequately describe the exceptional human being that Dena was. She was an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. Those that knew her well know that she had the ferocity of a Lion, wisdom of a Sage and the caring and loving touch of an Angel. A brilliant and proud nurse of 23 years, Dena set an extremely high standard wherever she worked. Dena performed her duties as both a floor and charge nurse in Cardiac, PCU, ICU critical care hospital units, as well as developing nurse education for Orlando Regional Medical Center, and heading two critical care units as nurse manager at Osceola Regional. Dena touched and saved many lives!

Dena’s loss creates a huge hole that cannot be filled but her wishes are for those around her to carry on in her memory. In Dena’s practical “a matter a fact” manner she said to her family before she left us, “It is what it is…you guys must carry on...I have served my purpose here and soon have to start serving a new purpose upstairs…but I will still be the voice in your head guiding you all!”

Dena is preceded in death by her grandparents Walter Duett Woodard, Mary Eudell Woodard, John Lenard Philpott, and Collette Ray Philpott.

She is survived by her husband, Ross Vegter; her two boys, Kael and Kasen Vegter; her mother Donna Byrd; her father Jay Philpot; brother David Philpott ;special puppy dog Sava, and many amazing friends including Trisha Guerrier who helped guide us through Dena’s illness, lifelong friend Tanya Cohoon, Toni Rodio, Teresa Fisherkeller, and her swim mom friends at the pool.

Services to honor Dena’s life will be held on May 10, 2019, at 2:00PM in the Chapel at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, TX with Father Emmanuel Akpaidem officiating.

A Celebration of Life Reception will directly follow the services at Dena and Ross’ home located at 2063 Brookmont Drive in Conroe for all family and friends. Dena’s favorite foods will be served.

In lieu of flowers, Dena’s wishes are that donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s’ Research Hospital supporting pediatric cancer research. Donations can be made online at www.stjude.org/donate or by phone at (800) 805-5856.

Servicios

  • Celebration of Life viernes, 10 mayo , 2019

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Tanya Grijalva-Cohoon

27 junio , 2019

Always there for those special milestones...

Tanya Grijalva-Cohoon

26 junio , 2019

I still love the way you looked at him.... I remember the first time you saw him...I knew he would be something special...

Tanya Grijalva-Cohoon

26 junio , 2019

I will still see you as a ray of shine that walked into my algebra class, with a big smile directed my way, and instantaneously we became friends. From high school, to college, to your wedding, and finally mine... you have always been my go to. I still can’t believe you are gone, but I see you and you are with me... my forever sunshine...my sister.... my matter of fact..., forever friend....I still have a hard time knowing you now shine from above....keep shining. Love you Sis (what we say to each other after our catch up conversations).

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

I was fortunate that Dena visited every Summer and we spoke frequently. We talked about meeting in New Orleans for one of them but never did. I received the news of her passing while in NYC. I stopped at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to light a candle in her honor. She loved her family and undoubtedly watches over them as a Guardian Angel.

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

It was our turn to visit Florida in 2010 and a trip to Disney. We got to see Kasen for the first time! Another awesome visit!

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

However shortly after in February 2003, I move back to Cleveland and was happy that my friend visited in 2007 to celebrate Kael’s 5th Birthday. The kids had fun being superheroes.

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

By May of 2002, Kael was born and the two baby boys were adorable and healthy.

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

We both worked nightshift and it was exhausting when we were pregnant with our sons who are 6 months apart. She’d nap at my house after work because the drive to Lake Mary was to far and I lived closer.

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

We both got jobs at Orlando Regional Medical Center after graduation. In 2000, I had my first child and Dena was there to always support me.

Toni Rodio

21 mayo , 2019

Outside the intense studying we spent many afternoons rollarblading, going to the pool at my condo complex at the time, and shopping. Dena was always practical. I recall her contemplating her first large artwork purchase which would later hang above her couch. It was a picture of a ship sailing in stormy seas. She thought about for hours..we went to lunch…back to the store…out of the store.. and finally back for the purchase. She always worked hard. She’d tell me stories of her teen job working at the parks and rec dept in Melbourne. She enjoyed working outside. One of her jobs while in college was a “Budweiser Girl” which meant looking pretty for promotional marketing of the Budweiser products and pretty she was.
Just a couple years after graduation came marriage. A beautiful bride indeed! A Happy Couple!

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True Beauty!

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Look out world!

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Hello Baby Kasen

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Kael and Mom Loved Cars!

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Hiking the sand dunes with her Pup Sava

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Dena's Happy Family

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Graduation pose with Grandpa

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Trip with Dad

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Fun at the pier in New Smyrna Beach

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Start of something amazing!