1914 4th Street. Marysville, WA 98270

Deanna Aarna McMillion (Heil) May 30, 2024

Deanna Aarna McMillion (Heil) was born on October 1, 1975, in Darrington, WA to Rusty Heil and Sally Jelvik (Heil). She spent her entire life in Darrington and graduated from Darrington High School in 1994. Deanna married Stan McMillion, and together they raised seven children and were blessed with thirteen grandchildren. She loved her family deeply and cherished every moment with them.

Dee attended a Massage school and later established her business, Healing Hands. Her passion for her clients was unmatched, and she built strong relationships with them over time. Dee was a compassionate, calming, and authentic person, and her clients had unwavering trust in her.

Dee enjoyed spending time at her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events cheering them on and often keeping score for the baseball team. She also enjoyed her annual family vacation at Spectacle Lake.

She is survived by her husband, Stan Mc Million, Parents- Rusty (Delores) Heil, Sally (Larry) Jelvik, sister- Debbie (Kyle) Curtis. Children- Marrina, Lynette (Brad), Kristi (Troy), Jake (Caresse), Wessley (Ellie), Trent (Jodina), and Emma. 13 grandchildren, nephews, cousins, friends, and enjoyed each of them.

Dee was proceeded in death by her sister Shelly Fryman days before.

Their services will be held together at the Darrington Community Center on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to be made in their honor to Darrington Memorial Dinners PO Box 698, Darrington, WA 98241.


  1. Kathleen Dexter says

    I met Dee through Becky at Clear Creek Candle in 2008. I’d walked in for yet another night tea and local gossip. I was her secret shoulder to cry on as I’m not a local. I’d always felt entirely welcome and at peace within her domain. When Deanna walked into the main room, I knew I’d met someone special. She was openly friendly and generous but I’m slow to trust. She and I had chatted about the church ladies at the Darrington Methodist Church after I’d told my story of meeting Sandy and Merle’s daughter one snowy morning when God told me to pick her up. Through Becky and Dee, I grew to know more about most of the inhabitants than many but it was always interesting. Dee was my person. The only friend I had in Darrington that I could trust. She brought me a fifth of Jaeger at my wedding and we’d drunk it out in the parking lot together, both becoming staggeringly inebriated and giggling like school girls. I’m not sure how many of her clients came to her in pairs but my husband and I always had our weekly massages with her together, reading aloud and I can still hear her raucous laughter at the mischievous events in our latest books by Eric Ugland. We’d read the entire Game of Thrones series to her. We all laughed and cried together but the best part of our friendship is not all of the meals out at the Keg, Anthony’s or Lombardi’s or the mani/pedi appointments, but when she asked me to give her a massage. She knew I did things differently, carefully and my manipulation of her muscles in those thick, strong forearms of hers. If you know, you know. Her tiny feet would receive a half-hour massage with that wonderful CBD salve she’d buy for her clients and her hot stones. My husband and I are so grateful to know this wonderful woman for the past fifteen (15) years and it was not nearly long enough. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for allowing me the honor and privilege of visiting Dee in her tiny CCU room, massaging her head and hands, and just being there for her adoring husband, kneeling on the hard floor beside her and seeing her smile one last time. All who knew this incredible woman were Blessed.

  2. Teri Taubeneck says

    I miss you Dee, your contagious laughter, your warm loving demeanor and everything else about you that made us all feel so loved. You were one of a kind on this earth. I’ll love you always and cherish the memories.

  3. Cindy White says

    Love to you all. Dee Dee was a lovely soul, and sincere and authentic healer in her role in many people’s lives who depended on her care. I am so sorry for all of you, I know you are hurting but know you also depend on faith to carry your hearts through this pain.

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