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Sunday, October 25, 2009

IN MEMORY OF AMY



Amy is no longer in pain. It is so hard to put into words what we feel at times like this. Amy has touched so many lives around the world. We have prayed for her and we have sent her cards; yet Amy is the one who has given to us. We have read of her faith in God, and her strength, smiles, and even laughter in the face of so much pain. There have been days when I thought of Amy's pain and realized that nothing I faced could compare with what this brave young lady was facing so courageously and beautifully.
We rejoice for her life; we rejoice for the opportunity to have "known" Amy; and we rejoice in the knowledge that she is now in a better place and is no longer in pain. We pray for and cry for her family and for those of us who learned from her example, felt like we "knew" her, and had come to love her. Amy will be missed by many. laurie
CONDOLENCES MAY BE LEFT in the Guestbook at http://www.andersonburris.com/ragan.htm. EDITED TO ADD: I had trouble posting to this guestbook and had to email the funeral home and ask that they add my message to Amy Ragan's guestbook: ab@andersonburris.com

32 comments:

Shelia said...

Oh, Laurie, what a lovely tribute to Amy. I found out about her 'going home' yesterday and just sat down and cried! I'm so glad you asked for us to send her cards a while back ago or I would not have had the opportunity to know about this special young lady and her mom. Thank you for these sweet words.
Blessings,
Shelia ;)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a nice tribute.
Glenda

xinex said...

This is indeed a lovely tribute, Laurie. Amy will be remembered for her courage and I pray for the family she left behind but like you said, she is no longer in pain and she is now enjoying eternal bliss....Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a sweet tribute to a brave young lady - sympathy to her family and all who knew and were touched by her spirit as she faced her illness.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

(((((hugs for Amy and family))))))

Thank you Laurie for posting.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Laurie, I just cried when I read about Amy on Friday evening...I just glad that God now has his arms around her and she is whole and without pain again..May blessings my friend...Gloria

Helen said...

Dear Laurie, I ached inside as I read Debbie's heart wrenching words about Amy Dawn's courageous fight. It really does put a lot of things in perspective for me. I hope your week is a good one. You are also an inspiration for all of us as you champion everyone needing prayers and support.

SILVIA said...

oh Laurie, i'm very sorry to hear about Amy, my thoughts and praying are with her family today.
rest in peace Amy..

xx.Silvia.

carolinajewel said...

I am so sorry for Amy's loss. What a touching tribute you wrote for her. Hugs, Jewel

Heidi Pocketbook said...

In my absence from blogging, I've made it a point to keep up with Amy's condition. Laurie, what a wonderful tribute to her.

Miss Janice said...

Laurie, you wrote an absolutely beautiful tribute to little Amy!

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Laurie,

What a lovely tribute to Amy. You are so right about how much she touched our lives with her courage and faith in God and smiles through her pain.
I can't think about her witout crying and feel like I knew her all of my life.

I am also posting about her tomorrow.
Blessings,
Erin

KBeau said...

Thanks for a lovely tribute to a courageous young lady. You have a wonderful way with words.

Kathleen said...

That was beautiful, Laurie.
May her family receive the comfort they need, and may Amy rest in peace..

Foley said...

Beautiful thoughts Laurie - I'm glad you brought Amy into our lives even for a short while.

Sonia said...

Such a beautiful post, and what a comfort that we know she is at peace and is in no more pain. I an sure she brightened the days of many and they will miss her so much. My prayers to her family and friends. Sonia

Cathy said...

Oh Laurie...I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl. You have written a beautiful and moving tribute.

We can find comfort in the fact that she is in heaven now...perfect and whole.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family.

God bless you all.
XOXO
Cathy

aimee said...

sorry for your loss. pain free she is. with the Lord and free. what an amazing women to put her faith in the Lord, through all she faced. take care my friend.
blessings,
aimee

debbie said...

Dear Laurie,
I have been unable to sleep and I feel so very close to my friends in blog land....they have become family in a lot of ways.
THANK YOU for the beautiful tribute of Amy. The grief is just unbearable at times.
If anyone wants to they may sign the online guest book at
www.andersonburris.com.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS THAT SENT CARDS TO AMY....no one will ever know how happy those cards made her and they are being put in two coffee table size scrapbooks to remember the special "MAIL CALL" that was like christmas every monday through saturday...but there were many, many from your friends.
Her best friend Leila and I picked out her going home outfit, and I had a beautiful sasha vintage clutch purse that I put many little items in and pinned a beautiful crystal angel on the outside. THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES THAT WERE SENT TO HER WHEN SHE WAS SICK, ALL GLITTERY AND PINK..ARRANGED IN THE LID OF HER CASKET.....WHICH IS ALL WHITE...BECAUSE SHE IS THE BRIDE THAT THAT WENT HOME TO JESUS, HER BRIDEGROOM.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THIS GRIEF STRICKEN MOTHER THIS EARLY AM.
YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL FRIEND TO EVERYONE. I HOPE ONE DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ANOTHER GRIEFT STRICKEN PARENT.
ANGEL HUGS
BLESSINGS
LOVE
Debbie

SmilingSally said...

Oh Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss. You've proved yourself a good friend, and this is a wonderful tribute.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A sweet tribute to Amy, Laurie. My condolences to her family upon their loss of this beautiful girl.

Dixie said...

It's terribly sad to lose someone we love. Especially when that someone is a child. Beautiful, thoughtful post Laurie.

hugs. Dixie

The Stylish House said...

Laurie,
Amy touched the lives of so many she never knew personally. I was deeply saddened to hear of her illness, but was comforted she was surrounded by those who loved her. She is at peace now and is in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy

Fairy Footprints said...

Thank you so much for all your kind words, thoughts, and prayers during this horrible ordeal. Our family appreciates them, and is thankful to have you in our lives. God bless.

Fairy hugs,
Heidi

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Dear Laurie!
Thank you for stopping by this morning. I cannot begin to tell you how much your prayers have meant to me. I am having to grieve away from the family, and it is so hard. I thank God for Heidi, my daughter, at least we have each other.

I saw how much the cards, letters and assorted gifts meant to Amy. She touched every gift of love that was sent to her.

Thank you Laurie for loving our family. God Bless you with love and hugs, Sherry

Paula said...

Laurie, that was beautifully written. Thank you for bringing Amy to us. I too felt like I knew her if only a little through Debbies' post and yours. I felt honored to be asked to send her cards during her last days and share in a small part of her life

Ginger said...

Hi Laurie:
What a beautiful tribute to Amy that you posted. I think it was through your blog a couple of months ago that I first learned of her.
What a strong courageous gal she was, I felt so bad for all that she had to endure.
Even though I didn't know her, I grew to feel like I did, and would check her mom's blog or her aunt's blog every day looking for an update on her.
May she rest in peace.

Ginger said...

Laurie, I tried to leave my condolences on the guest book at the funeral home website, but it wouldn't let me...something kept popping up and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.

mbkatc230 said...

Laurie this is such a beautiful tribute. Amy taught all of us so much with her courage and will. My heart breaks for her family and friends that she leaves behind, but I'm so grateful that this dear sweet girl is no longer in pain and is whole again. Thank you again for this beautiful post. Hugs, Kathy

Carrie said...
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Carrie said...

A beautiful tribute to a lovely young lady.

lvroftiques said...

Laurie that was beautiful. I'm send my prayers of condolence and healing to her family. I'm sure she is smiling down from Heaven right now and wishing us to know that she is whole ,well, and wonderful!! With our Dear Lord. V