Debra Hartle

Born in Inglewood, California on July 9, 1955

Departed on October 6, 2016 and resided in Castalian Springs, Tennessee

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Debra Jeanne Hartle, age 61, became an eternal spirit on October 6, 2016.
Debra was shaped by the ocean breeze after growing up in San Diego, California where she enjoyed photography class and working at the Hotel Del Coronado. She married Dan when they were both 18, spending fourteen years enjoying the sun of the Southern California before moving to Tennessee. There, they both designed and built the house of their dreams in Castalian Springs. She spent the next 20 years winning the unofficial title of Best Mother and Wife Ever, serving as a Boy Scout leader, soccer mom, and avid supporter of agriculture education, earning the Honorary State FFA Degree. She then returned to the workforce to educate others through 4-H and the Sumner County School System.
She was a skilled seamstress and jewelry maker with an interest in geology. Nature was her church. She was a bird watcher and lover with an impressive feather collection and a flock of spoiled exotic chickens. She had a thirst for knowledge, reading hundreds of books in her lifetime. She loved Star Trek, Combat!, and Star Wars. The music of Rush was the soundtrack of her life. She was fearlessly fashionable, complete with curled hair, bold lipstick, and painted nails.
She is preceded by her parents Albert and Dorothy Belcher, and her favorite friend Liz Miller, who greeted her at the gates of Heaven with a glass of wine. Holding down the fort here on Earth is her husband of 43 years, Daniel, who will raise a glass to her each night as he watches the sunset, her daughter Jessie (Shane), her epic road trip buddy and best friend forever, her son Danny (Amanda), who will continue to rock out at Rush concerts in her memory, her honorary son Marsallis, who always gave her the best hugs, and the other family members she joyfully collected along the way.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 15. Friends are welcome to come by between 12-3pm to visit and share in the joy of knowing her. The gathering will be held at Crestview Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 N, Gallatin, TN 37066.
Memorial donations can be made to the TN FFA Foundation, Box 5034, TN Tech University, Cookeville, TN, 38505.

7 Comments to Debra Hartle

  1. Stena and Robert Meadows
    October 11, 2016 1:58 pm

    Jessie, Robert and I enjoyed reading about your sweet mother. She had to be an absulutely beautiful soul to have a daughter like you! Your family is in our prayers daily! Please know that you are loved and adored and you are NEVER alone!! Much love!

  2. Derek Baird
    October 11, 2016 4:09 pm


  3. Marcia Woods
    October 11, 2016 5:37 pm

    What a beautiful sharing of some of the wonderful ways your mother blessed you and all of your family. For those of us who did not know her personally, we can now recognize where your special spirit originated. Remember, you are deeply and multiply loved.

  4. Jill Shrum
    October 12, 2016 12:01 am

    Jessie our hearts are sad to know your Mom has passed but w
    Hat a great Mama you had! Your love for her is expressed so beautifully and may the memories comfort you in these tough days ahead. Love you! Jill Shrum

  5. Pam Walker
    October 12, 2016 10:56 am

    Sweet tribute to an awesome mom from an amazing daughter. Rest now my dear friend. Rest knowing that you took the greatest of care of your dear momma. Now take care of you. I enjoyed getting to know your momma and spending time with her. What was it she said, I was her sister from another mother. Sisters in spirit and in crime, we had fun, the three of us. The blue crab and our beach trip, especially our card game (!) will be my favorite memories of the time the three of us had together. Much love to you. Be comforted in knowing that she is free of pain, and spending time once again with her bestie. Love you and your family.

  6. Patricia
    October 12, 2016 11:31 am

    Please take comfort in Jesus Christ words “there will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever.”
    John 5:28,29;Rev. 21:3,4

  7. ·
    October 14, 2016 5:33 pm

    Jessie, Danny, and Dan,

    My heart feels so much pain being shattered
    Thoughts, question swirling and scattered
    Just days ago I sat and laughed while sharing
    Fun loving memories we made and all the caring
    I never understood how easily we all drifted apart
    Because we have always held you close our heart
    Im sadden more than I can ever explain and share
    Birthday,holidays missed not because I didnt care
    This we call “Life” has its own sneaky way
    Of blinding us of what and whos drifting away
    Not because lack the of love or loss of admiration
    More and more gets put in front of us as temptations
    Temptations to gain happiness, sucessfulness in life
    Such as Danny graduating and you becoming a wife
    Are the important things I truly regret I have missed
    I have missed from the temptations thats now I see
    Filled up valuable time and stole unmade memories
    Knowing the memories full of love nothing ever fake
    Are the only ones I will ever have the chance to make
    No time left to make the call to say hey I love you so
    My kids wouldve loved her & she’d love them I know
    Im sure going to miss her so and I hope she knew
    We all truly loved her and we love dan,danny and

    I love you Aunt Deb
    You are truly missed

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