Heather J. Brayton


            Heather Jeanne Brayton, daughter of Steven McRobie and Terri Miller, was born September 11, 1980, at Waverly, Iowa. She was baptized in Citra, Florida.Heather attended school in Janesville, New Hartford, and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2000. She attended Hamilton Business College in Cedar Falls, and was currently attending Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

            On April 24, 2004, Heather was united in marriage with Joshua Brayton at the Rotary Reserve in Cedar Falls. She had been employed at the Sumner Pharmacy, Rockwell Automation in Sumner, and the Cedar Falls Schools.

             Heather’s death occurred suddenly on Monday, December 19, 2011, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. She was thirty-one years old. She was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Whitetails Unlimited. Heather enjoyed mushroom hunting and picking up shed antlers in the spring.

            In addition to her husband, Josh of Sumner, she is survived by one son, Derek at home in Sumner; her father, Steven McRobie of Waterloo; her mother, Terri (Carl) Metzger of Cedar Falls; one brother, Tony Fuller of Cedar Falls; one sister, Bridget (Mitch) Hoeppner of Cedar Falls; her paternal grandparents, Orville (Nancy) McRobie of Waterloo; nieces, Kelsey and Destiny Hoeppner; several cousins; her father-in-law, Mike Brayton of Davenport; two brothers-in-law, Chris Gruver of Hawkeye and Mike Brayton II of Davenport; her step father, Robert (Connie) Fuller of Holland, Iowa; and her step father-in-law, John Kaiserlik of Hawkeye.

            Heather was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Miller; her great grandparents, George and Iola Showers; and her mother-in-law, Carol Kaiserlik.  

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye with Pastor Troy Lentell officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 22, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Interment will be at the Hawkeye Cemetery. Memorials may be given directly to the family.


Anonymous on December 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There's nothing I can say that will ease your pain. My deepest condolences.
norbu on December 23, 2011 at 10:39 PM said:

really sorry to hear the news. May your soul rest in peace.
Jeff & Peggy on December 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM said:

We was sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Death may cast a shadow over you as you go about your daily life. Your love one’s death brings you face-to-face with the fact that they are gone too soon. While you call to mind the happy memories, you may also remember the enormity of the loss. But, "Do not let your hearts be troubled". (John 14:27) May you find comfort as the "the last enemy", death will be done away with. (1 Corinthians 15:25, 26). Let this time be a tribute to their wonderful life. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Cara Baugus on December 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM said:

Josh and Derek,
Joseph went to school with Derek from Kindergarten until Second grade at Hansen Elementary in Cedar Falls and I worked with Terri for 2 1/2 years as a para educator. Our thoughts and prayers are with you two and your families during this loss. I was shocked to hear of the passing of Heather. Heather was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend to all. I remember all the talks we had while waiting for the kids to get out of school, her big laugh and bright smile! Derek and Josh, you meant the world to Heather beyond what words could say! I appreciate all the help from you guys when watching Joseph after school while attended to some personal things at the wonderful Bremer County Courthouse. Heather you will be missed by all! Josh and Derek, know that she loved the two of you beyond what words can express! Know that some day you will meet again! Take care, Cara Baugus and Joseph Baugus
mark newton on December 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM said:

so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife,mother,daughter,sister. josh- i know the last few years have been pretty rough for you. it was really sad to hear about this. we'll be thinking of you and your family. keep your head up. mark & marsha newton
Vicki Fisher on December 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM said:

My love and sincerest sympathy, don't know if I will be able to be there tomorrow, but I'll be with you in my heart, God bless all of you <3
Bridget and Mitch on December 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM said:

We were real sorry to hear about your sister!
Uncle Rog called. He told me how nice she was and she felt like family because he spent Christmas there.I am sure she will be greatly missed! We'll be thinking of you.

Love always,Terry and Deb Fischer
Ron & Debbie Melohn on December 22, 2011 at 7:50 AM said:

Teri and family, We are so sad to hear the lose of Heather.
Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Even though its been years since our families all hung out together, we will always remember all the fun times we all had. All the weekends at the woods or at each others homes, enjoying each others company, while the kids all played. Lots of good memories!!
2Corinthians 1:3&4
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation,that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God"
Samantha Luloff on December 22, 2011 at 7:35 AM said:

I had her in couple of my classes. My thoughts and prayers are with th family.
Terry Gruver on December 22, 2011 at 7:21 AM said:

Josh and Derek My thoughts are with you and you are in my prayers.
donovan danielson family on December 22, 2011 at 4:12 AM said:

so sorry for your loss josh,u and your family are in our prayers.
mike kerns on December 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM said:

You will be missed cuz and I'm sorry for everyones loss she was an awesome person
Polly Clary on December 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM said:


I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Schaufenbuels on December 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to you. We are so sorry for your loss.
Sharon Lindsey on December 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM said:

I am praying for all her loved ones, Heather was a beautiful person she will be missed.
Teri Onken on December 21, 2011 at 7:22 AM said:

I am very sorry about your loss you were like a sister to me and you and your family will always be like family to me. Heather was a great mother and wife and everyone will miss her. My thoughts are with your family and we love you all so much.
mandy miller on December 21, 2011 at 1:09 AM said:

I miss you heather! This doesn't seem real! I'm thinking of you always and all the silly things we used to talk about and do. I keep hearing your laugh and it makes me smile. I know our whole family misses you so much! I love you heather. Love your cousin, Mandy
Alicia Onken on December 20, 2011 at 11:36 PM said:

Heather was like a big sister to me and i will miss her more than anything she was an amazing woman and i can only hope that i can be half the mother she was to Derek. I will be praying for her family in this time of need and i am sending my love out to all of them. you will be forever missed Heather I love you
Anonymous on December 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM said:

Terri & Brigette
I was shocked to hear about Heather. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sheila Callan on December 20, 2011 at 9:21 PM said:

I am still shocked of this news. I cant help thinking of all the silly things we use to write back and forth in junior high. Heather will be missed by so many. Sending thoughts and prayers to Heathers family in this difficult time. We have truly lost a wonderful person.
Jen Abkes on December 20, 2011 at 8:55 PM said:

Heather is one of my best friends, We did so many things together growing up. I will miss you so much. I'm not sure how I'm gonna go on in life without you. You were an amazing friend, mother, and wife. I can't wait to see you on the other side some day.I love you. My prayers and thoughts go out to Josh and Derek.
Anonymous on December 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM said:

Heather you will be Miss by so many and I will Miss you alot you were like a daughter to me in so many ways! you took me in when i need someone and i will never forget that you a very Special Person! Love ya! Lori Soldwisch
Judy Williams on December 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM said:

Josh and Derek, I was so sorry to read about Heather. Josh, your Mom always praised Heather for the care she gave her in her illness. I worked with your Mom at HyVee and met Heather when I came to visit your Mom. Our Lord is with you and will heal you. Prayers for you, Judy Williams
Deidre on December 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM said:

sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful person, God must have needed another angel in heaven, prayers sent to all family and friends in this time of need
Jennifer Fairbanks and family on December 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM said:

Such a shock to know that my 'sister' is gone now. We shared so many wonderful memories including our boys being born 7 days apart. Heather and I had always talked about how close the boys would be growing up. Heather was an amazing mother and wife who would do anything in her power for her family. Josh and Derek, I know that at this time your world has been turned upside down and you don't know how to go on without her, but know that in time it gets easier and Heather will always be right next to you throughout life, keeping you safe and cheering you on. We love you!
Kris Bolin Tuner on December 20, 2011 at 3:12 PM said:

To Heather's family, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dawn on December 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM said:

Heather was a sweetheart! I know she will be missed by many. My heart and prayers go out to her husband and precious son. Comfort them and bring them peace, Jesus.
Marcie Hagge on December 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM said:

Josh- I'm so very sorry that you have lost Heather. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You take care, and you will always have a special place in my heart. Marcie Hagge (Ryan Beckman's mom)
Pam Schlamp and family on December 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM said:

Heather was the prime example of a wonderful mother and wife. Deepest sympathy to her family, prayers and love be with you. She will be forever in our hearts.
Chris, Tiffany, Trevor and Treyton Wurzer on December 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM said:

We are so sorry for your loss! Loved to hear Heather cheer on the boys during football games:) If there is anything that we can do to help in this time of need, please let us know. Stay strong and keep your head high!
Tod and Dena Palmer on December 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM said:

We are so sorry for your loss. Heather always made time to ask Tod how his treatments were going. Always enjoyed talking to her at football and concerts.She will be missed. Tod, Dena, and Zac Palmer
Scott and Deb (Osborn) Frost on December 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM said:

So sad to have lost such a sweet person as Heather. She will be greatly missed. Scott and I send our love and sympathy to the family.

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