Drema Vann Hess of Port Saint Joe went to be with the Lord on December 6, 2013. Heaven is in full celebration in receiving her Spirit at the young age of 60. Jesus was ready to have his angel back home as she left us unexpectedly.
She was born in Besoco, West Virginia. Her family left that area when she was young and settled in to Dearborn, Michigan. She relocated to Port St. Joe 30 years ago. If you asked her where she was from, the resounding answer was always "Florida".
This Angel of God touched so many with her Passion and Love for her family, friends, and senior citizens. She spent her entire professional career as an LPN, spreading her Love for and knowledge of the elderly and sharing her well known orange pound cakes, banana pudding, and spaghetti dinners for her Nursing home families. Her last message found by her children after death defines her as a Mother. "To my children…If I had to choose between loving you and breathing…I would use my last breath to tell you…I LOVE YOU."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Dorothy Whitt, brothers Larry and Jerry Whitt, son Mark Hess, and great grandchild Isaac. Her oldest brother Fred Whitt and sister-in-law Sandy Whitt still reside in Michigan along with three nieces and four nephews. She left behind her best friend and self-proclaimed sister Shirley Dixon of Port St. Joe. She is survived by her children: Jomila Saleh, Kellie Saleh (Mark), Trina Thursby (Brad), and Keith Saleh (Lisa).
Grandchildren include: Codee and John Richter, Christopher Smith, Jacob and Logan Thursby, Megan Saleh and Lexi Holland, Maegen Conners and Adrienne Croom. Great Grandchildren include: Dylan 11, Makayan 6, Weston 3, Nicholas 2, and Kelsi 1.
The family held a memorial service in her honor at Long Avenue Baptist Church of Port St. Joe, Florida on Tuesday. They have requested that donations be made in her name to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. Prayers for strength during this time of bereavement are welcomed and much appreciated.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.