Seraphina Lightheart, nee Elizabeth Ann Maple in Fort Kent, Maine, Nov. 30, 1979, transitioned Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, surrounded by loving family.
She courageously carried on an active life after being diagnosed with Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer in July of 2016.
She is survived by her children Gavin and Emily, her former husband and friend Keith Osborne, father John Greenleaf-Maple, mother Carolyn Ann Huddleston, step-mother Macha Greenleaf-Maple, two older brothers, Christopher Maple and David Maple, and scores of aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family.
She grew up on 40 acres in New Sweden, Maine, where she quickly became an active performer in cultural events such as Midsommer and Candlemas.
Although she had a quiet demeanor, she started singing in church at a very young age and soon proved that she could captivate an audience. She later became involved in speaking contests, theater and jazz choir, eventually earning first in state for female jazz vocalist.
What she loved most of all was being a mom, a role in which she truly excelled.
Seraphina would ask that you not be sad for her, for she is liberated from an exhausted and suffering body. She would say to us, please love yourself as an inherently worthy person, and please be kind and loving toward others. The world will be better for all if we do.
We still feel the loss of her loving presence, lively wit, beautiful voice and bright smile, all of the many characteristics of a unique person who embodied love, commitment and a desire to leave the world a better place. We can all agree that she certainly succeeded in doing just that.
A celebration of life gathering will be held for Seraphina from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 11, at Table and Tonic, 3358 White Mountain Highway, Conway, NH 03860. We will also have a celebration of life service for our Kansas City area community sometime this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to Jen’s Friends (jensfriends.org) are recommended.