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Obituary: Dana Ellen Brougher Heimlich, Columbus

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Dana Ellen Brougher Heimlich, 54, of Columbus, died Sunday morning, June 8, 2014, at her home. She was born on March 23, 1960, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Max and Judith Sullivan Brougher.

Dana loved nature, animals, music and her family. She had a creative soul and a generous heart. She was interested in history, Native American culture, and politics. She had a mischievous sense of humor and delighted in laughter. She was a devoted sister, daughter and granddaughter, a loving mother to her children, and a devoted friend to many. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Dana was a talented equestrian as a teenager. At age 14, she won first place at the Indiana State Fair in the adult working hunter class on her horse, Easter Glow, qualifying for the world finals in Louisville later that year. Of her victory, The Republic said at the time, "The top placing stunned spectators and other entrants at the show because the girl showed against adults and much more experienced entries." She was ranked as one of the top five persons in the world in the working hunter class at the time.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Friday, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life service led by the Rev. Dennis Aud. Private family inurnment will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) or the American Lung Association.

Online condolences may be sent to Dana’s family at

Survivors include her father, Max E. Brougher of Louisville, Kentucky; her daughter, Danielle Deane Heimlich of Columbus; sons, Dylan (Sarah) Staggs of Oakridge, Tennessee, and Ryan Heimlich of Bloomington; her brother, Douglas Brougher of Carmel; grandchildren, Alexander Staggs of Columbus and Cason and Grace Staggs of Oakridge, Tennessee; and three three half sisters.

She was preceded in death by her mom and stepfather, Judy and Jack McKay; her husband, Dennis Staggs; and grandparents, Jim and Dorothy Sullivan.

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