Deana Heavin Erickson

February 21, 1959October 17, 2021
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Deana Heavin Erickson, 62, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born February 21, 1959 in Las Vegas and graduated from Chaparral High School. She married Lief Erickson in 1989. They have two amazing sons, Jason Robert Erickson and Franklin Carl Erickson. Deana was a wonderful, vibrant woman who left an impression on everyone she met. She worked in the table games department of several casinos as a dice dealer before transitioning to the wine business. Deana was a “Day 1” team member of Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower Restaurant, eventually becoming their Wine Director. However, Deana found her true passion in recovery. She was a very active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 14 years, in both Las Vegas and the Porter County area of NW Indiana, where she lived for 5 years. She took great joy in helping other women find sobriety. Deana is survived by her husband of 32 years, Lief Erickison of Las Vegas; sons, Jason Erickson (Courtney) of Las Vegas and Franklin Erickson (Rosie) of Monument, CO; her granddaughter, and the apple of Deana’s eye, Arden Ella Erickson; and her sister, Shelly Fitzsimmons of Pittsburg, CA.

There will be a Celebration of her Life on Saturday, October 23rd at 5:00 PM at Palm Southwest Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Young People in Recovery at The kindness and compassion received by Deana from family, friends, nurses, and other health care providers during her challenging final months was a true blessing that she cherished. Deana will be hugely missed.

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Kourtni Lind-Watson

October 23, 2021

I am so sad that my wife, Arlene, and I are not able to be there with you all today to celebrate the incomparable life of my Aunt Deana. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share a few words on the impact she had on my life.

She was such a colorful, vibrant woman. She was fearless and bold, never shying away from speaking her truth. She was overflowing with love for her family and I feel so lucky to have fallen under that umbrella.

From a very young age, I remember feeling seen, loved, and accepted by my Aunt Deana. I didn’t know how much those open arms would mean to me as I got older and often felt a little out of place in our family. She always felt like a safe haven for me, and her self-confidence and unapologetic vitality always inspired me to be my most authentic self.

Beyond the love and support I felt from her directly, witnessing her and my Uncle Jeff’s love for each other was such a gift. They loved each other so deeply and passionately, but also shared such a beautiful friendship and truly enjoyed each other’s company. It’s such a wonderful example of a true partnership, and something Arlene and I strive for every day.

Aunt Deana, you will be so sincerely missed on this earth. It is with aching hearts that we celebrate your life, knowing that we will not get another chance to laugh with you, hear your stories, or feel your embrace. But I know your radiant energy will live on within us and we will forever be lucky to have known and loved you.

Enola Thomas

October 23, 2021

My heart is saddened by the loss of this beautiful soul. I remember all the laughs and hugs we shared. Each time I go over she’d say “bring your swimsuit “ I’d laugh and say girl, you know I can’t swim and besides I can’t get my hair wet. A joke between the two of us and we’d crack up. Lief, Jason, Frankie- I loved your Mom and she was a beautiful person and she loved you guys dearly. My heart aches for you all and I will keep you all close in thoughts and prayers as you journey through in her absence. May God offer comfort to you all ❤️