January 3, 1970 – January 9, 2019
Heather Feronberg of Bryan passed away January 9, 2019 at age 49.
Heather’s only child, 13-year-old daughter, Jaden Eleiz Twitty, wrote, “Heather Feronberg, artist, mother daughter, friend to many, inspiration to all, sadly started her journey to the heavenly gates only six days after her 49th birthday. She walked through the worst of times with a smile, a reminder to all that life is what you make it. The cards my mother was dealt were not great, but what she did with them was amazing. She didn’t give up on anyone or anything, especially not on life. She fought a great fight and it is an honor to call her my mother.”
Heather was devoted to family, friends and even strangers in need, which she learned in a warm and comfortable home from parents committed to her wellbeing and her future. Also giving her a solid grounding in kindness were elders in her childhood: grandfather, James Henry Nash, whom she called Pop; grandmother, Littie Nash, whom she called MaMa; and grandmother, Sylvia Sadberry, whom she called Pooch. Heather also knew and spent time with two great-grandmothers—Edna Gibbs, whom she called MeMama, and Leona Nash, whom she called GraMama.
Heather graduated in 1987 from Bryan High School, where she won numerous honors playing violin in orchestra and string ensembles. She earned her scholarship to Sam Houston State University, where she graduated with a degree in Studio and Graphic Arts. Heather received the Brazos County Community Service Award in 1991 for teaching art to children in Brazos County Juvenile Services and a separate art program for disadvantaged children at the North Bryan Community Center. She arranged exhibitions in Bryan, Huntsville and Houston for the youth artists and gave presentations on the value of art in youth rehabilitation. Her own paintings and artwork have been exhibited in public spaces throughout the region and a collection of her meditation art, which she created with acrylic paint on glass bottles, was displayed at Victoria Bank and other area institutions.
A radio DJ at Urban Contemporary Power 94, Heather was also a radio personality at Adult Contemporary KTSR, and a producer at Cox Communications. Later, she was a performer, studio musician and singer-songwriter, who toured with blues singer, Big Cynthia, daughter of R&B saxophonist, the late Junior Walker.
Heather had a talent for making people laugh and helped them to feel better regardless of their circumstances. Her vivacious personality won her friends everywhere she went from athletes and supermodels to grocers and cowboys. There was not a city she visited where someone she had met recognized her and called out her name from across the street or from a passing truck on the freeway—“Hey, Heather! It’s so good to see you again!” She was loved by so many and will be missed by all.
Heather Feronberg is survived by her immediate family, Jaden Eleiz Twitty and Delvin Twitty; mother, Sunny Nash of Southern California; father, Oliver Wayne Sadberry of Bryan; siblings, Christina Feronberg of Houston, Texas, Deahanna Smith of Hampton, Georgia, and Michael Perkins of Seattle, Washington; and extended family, relatives and loyal friends.
Visitation will be at 10:00 am, followed by a memorial service at 11 am, Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan, with Certified Life Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield officiating. A reception honoring Heather Feronberg, will follow immediately at the Brazos Valley African American Museum, 500 East Pruitt Street in Bryan, Texas.
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