Debra Ann Lindgren, 62, peacefully passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in De Pere, Wis., while in the warmth of her family’s embrace.

Born to Margaret Rivard and Donald Lindgren in 1955, Debra was the oldest child of six. The rolling fields of the Midwest were home to Debra through her adolescence, but she had always yearned to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Following high school, she moved to the coast of Maine, where she met her husband of 10 years, John Root Jr. Together they had two children, Heather and John III. While Debra and John grew apart in later years, Debra’s unrelenting priority continued to be inspiring greatness in her two children.

A true creative, Debra lived life without limitations. At her Rockport home and studio she sculpted elaborate ceramic murals, designed passive solar homes, curated beautiful gardens and entertained her friends with gourmet cooking. Her talents were grand and uncompromising, yet her wants were modest; make the world a better place for her children and grandchildren.

As an active member of Maine Solar Energy Association, Debra held workshops, attended fairs, and visited schools to educate about the importance of renewable clean energy. She was someone who believed she could affect change, and had the boldness to take action.

Debra will be missed, yet celebrated greatly by her surviving friends and family: Children Heather (Jason) Peterson and John Andy III (Chini) Root; grandchildren Nicholas Pike, Ethan Peterson, Breylen and Lilia Root. Also, dearest friends Bob Nedderman, Sarah Holland, and Stephen Wallace; siblings Anita Anderson, Dan, Donald Jr., Lynne and Roy Lindgren; and step-father Phil Flouro. As well many aunts and uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She has left us to be with her grandparents, mother, father, aunts, uncles and friends.

No flowers or sadness, please. Debra has asked for a celebration of her life accompanied by the rhythms of her favorite island music.