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Date of Birth: January 28, 1948

Date of Death: March 08, 2019

Nibbana (Nibs AKA Deborah) Pelletier 71, passed away in the early morning hours of March 8th 2019 in Scottsdale AZ her beautiful soul walked on leaving a memory where her light used to shine. Born in Portsmouth NH January 28, 1948 to Porter & Inez Mackey. Her mother married William Nadeau when she was 10 years old and she was adopted and went by Nadeau until her 1st marriage where she took the Pelletier name. She graduated from Eliot High School in Eliot ME in 1965 and attended UNH in Durham NH from 1974-1977 where she studied equine sciences. Beloved daughter, mama, nana, sister, auntie and best friend, part cowgirl, gypsy and fairy Magi. she was light and shadow and spirit and spunk. No one that Nibbana cared about ever had room to doubt the depth of her love and devotion. Everyone should have such an amazing woman in their corner. Her love for her daughter and grandchildren family and friends was immeasurable. Whoever was lucky enough to meet her and be a part of her life was touched by her strong but gentle spirit. She was a reflection of her generation often times going to protests against nuclear power plants and also part of the antivivisection organizations. Long before it was well known she shopped and researched products that were cruelty free. She always stated her vanity should not be at the expense of another living being. An avid BERNIE supporter believing that the US should spend money on keeping its citizens healthy, educated, fed and housed rather than generating fear and war. Inspired by her beloved and miracle OTTB (Off the Track Thoroughbred) Tinker (whom received acupuncture from one of the first equine acupuncturists in the US that saved her life). She attended the New England School of Acupuncture in the early 80’s and attained her Licensed Acupuncturist degree. Her dream was to become an equine acupuncturist however that was not to come to fruition because of pushback from Western Veterinary Medical Organizations. She worked out of her home and rented office space for many years working on human clients (and many horses shh). She had found her way back “home” to AZ from FL just 8 months prior to her passing. She always yearned for the West. Her love of all things Native and Country Western. Nibs often remarked quoting the Barbara Mandrell song “I was Country when Country wasn’t cool”. Preferring cowboy boots, plaid and jeans. From NH she moved to AZ in the late 80’s. Living in Mesa, Cornville and Prescott AZ as well as Santa Fe, NM and Mancos, CO. In 2007 she moved in with her daughter and son in law in Reddick, FL to be near her grand babies. The majority of her career after moving out West was management in a number of unique businesses. In Santa Fe, NM she managed a store that made custom sheepskin jackets, boots and other items. They were more like works of art. In Prescott AZ AND Mancos CO (She moved with Company) she managed a custom-made rodeo protective vest Company. Also in Mancos CO she managed a unique store that catered to the Old West lifestyle filled with local artisan craftsmanship and authentic Old West style clothes. Always looking for an adventure she moved many times, certainly living life to its fullest. However, the one constant no matter where her Gypsy soul took her was horses. No matter what life threw at her they were her sanctuary and passion. Sometimes her love of horses and travel took her to wonderful places. Often speaking about her time in Hawaii when she worked at a dude ranch and ate fesh tropical fruit off the trees as she took out trail rides. Over the years a couple horses stand out she talked about Flash in her younger years, Tinker the Miracle Horse and her compadre Paco whom she had for over 22 years until she had to lovingly ease him into his passing. The suffering of animals hurt Nibs deeply she loved them all. Nibs was “natural, alternative, vegetarian etc” before it was cool, trendy or common. Her house was full of Chinese Patent medicines, vitamin supplements and nutritious whole foods. She studied at the Kushi Institute in Boston, MA and was macrobiotic for many years. There she met John Denver as he was an avid Kushi Institute supporter and she became his personal acupuncturist whenever he did an event in the North Eastern area. Her daughter and her would laugh and reminisce about those years with the strict dietary restrictions. Her daughter often remarking that it was one of the reasons she started working at the age of 14 so she could afford to buy her own sodas and junk food. A significant event in Nibhana’s life was coming into contact with Osho, an Indian mystic, whose friends and followers transformed a barren ranch into an oasis (on more than one plane!) into, in fact, a Buddhafield. She took sannyas in 1980 and was given the name Ma Deva Nibbana. A place of lovingness, safety, where work was fun, and people were given the space to understand and work through their issues. The Buddhafield provided an environment to explore and experience relationship—to the master, to the other, to the self—to explore the way of the heart. And this experience infused Nibbana’s life and continues to reverberate. She is survived by her Daughter Daneya Pelletier-Mitchell and her son in law Larry Mitchell, Granddaughter Maya Riley Mitchell. Sister Cynthia Cassidy, Brothers Karl Mackey and Kevin Mackey. Step-Mother Betty Mackey. Aunt Sharon, Cousins Linda Grant Balcomb and Linda Tyring. Nieces Amy Stewart and Heather Mackey, Nephew Nick Cassidy. Great Nephew Damion Cassidy and Alannah Stewart, Friend of 40 years Belinda Perry, friend of over 20 years Leona Rite and MANY others. Those that were there to greet her when she entered the “Whole” were her Granddaughter Koah Pelletier, Mother Inez (Tootie) Layton Davidson, Father Porter Mackey, Brother Jon Mackey, Step-Father Bill Nadeau, Cousin Brenda Pergerson, Grandparents etc. Her beloved animals Flash, Finn, Tinker, Sashi, Nakuma, Paco and many more. It was certainly a celebratory and grand reunion. “Love is the goal, life is the journey” -Osho

Service Information

Memorial Service TBA. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her honor to a local animal rescue or no kill shelter.