Heather Raum

Heather Lee Raum (Hinman)

Sunday, August 29th, 1943 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Heather Lee Raum, 76 years old, of Bracey, Virginia, passed away on July 20, 2020 in the loving comfort of her family after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.

Heather was born in New Jersey, to Kenneth and Rosemary. The third of four siblings, she was raised in a vibrant household filled with music, adventure, hijinks, creativity, love and discovery. She graduated from Plainfield High School and earned a teaching degree from Coker College in South Carolina. Returning from Christmas break, she met her future husband, a young Air Force airman, Richard Raum in a Florence, South Carolina train station. Upon Richard’s return from Vietnam, they were married on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1966, and settled in Wilmington, Delaware. She taught in elementary schools for several years before becoming a mother. Her own experiences as a young mother led Heather to cofound the Early Learning Center in the Hockessin United Methodist Church. One of her life accomplishments was cultivating a partnership of passionate teachers and engaged parents that recognized the potential of each child, inspired them to explore the world, and launched them into the joy of lifelong learning. After raising their children in Delaware, including a brief stint in Fairport, New York, Heather and Richard moved to Bracey, Virginia. There, Heather found time to paint and craft. She didn't just enjoy retired life, she flourished joining the Flying Aqua Babes (FABs), Not So Serious Golf, Lake Gaston Ladies Club, the Lake Gaston Art Guild and various supper clubs. She loved the water and could often be found swimming across the lake, waterskiing, kayaking or just floating with family. She was commonly seen jet skiing in her pink life vest, surrounded by paints and arts and crafts supplies in her art room, or gathered with friends and family. A person of seemingly boundless energy, she also volunteered at the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital and the South Hill Bread Box.

Heather is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 53 years, Richard, their three children Merritt (spouse Greg), Rebecca (spouse Chad) and Dwight (spouse Allyson) and adored grandchildren, Sarah, Nathan, Carter, Claire and Averlie. She is also survived by her siblings Noel (spouse Shirley), Allan (spouse Janie), and Holly (spouse Larry).

A dockside celebration of Heather’s life will occur on a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Special thanks to the staff at the VCU Hendrick Oncology Center, South Hill.

Farrar Funeral Home is serving the Raum family.
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Lynn K. Cisar

Posted at 06:10pm
My dear and vibrant friend had a kind heart, songful laugh, and a pure genuine spirit. When she knew I was struggling she would encourage me. My artful eye and hand was quite lame and I so enjoyed how she would pull me in to paint and take creative risks. We use to walk together, visit and just have fun. Sometimes I would tear up when we hugged because she wore the same perfume my Mom use to wear and it would trigger treasured memories. During our last visit she presented me with a butterfly she made and it was beautifully painted, A butterfly is a powerful representations of life, a pure spirit -- and this is how Heather's essence touched my life. My friend, you will always flutter and float in the breeze. I love you. HUGS!

Emily K. Thomas

Posted at 08:28pm
So sorry for your loss. She was so good natured, creative, giving of her time. I got to know Heather in our art group. Stoke of Luck.
She was always so encouraging, upbeat and energetic. She helped us with so many projects over the years. I have things all over my house which I made under her direction that I will always remember her by. We will miss her.

Michael & Shelia Gonnella

Posted at 05:48pm
Dick, we are so very sorry to hear about Heather. Please let us know if there is anything when can donto see you through this trouble time. She was a joy to know and Shelia never forgot how she jumped in to help her when you guys were here for the cookout. Again we are very sorry for your loss.

Gretchen Stephens

Posted at 04:00pm
I will so miss my sweet friend across the creek. She was such a fighter and never gave up. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

Sharon Shriver

Posted at 02:19pm
What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing woman. Rebecca, I am so sorry for your loss.
Her liveliness, her drive, her contributions, and her service to others is so admirable. What a wonderful role model. She made the world a better place. The strength and grace she had through her diagnosis, and the strength, love, and compassion you all gave to her is inspiring. Her legacy will continue through each of you.
My thoughts and love are with you as you mourn such a deep loss.
I wish I could be there for you.
Sharon Shriver

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