"We will never forget you.
Your spirit will live on in us forever"...
Kelly Swain Blades
Came to Earth~February 18, 1992
Returned to Heaven~October 1, 1993
Kelly O. Blades~Michelle Stafford Blades
Luther Eligh Blades~Lorraine Bridges Blades Donagriche
Arthur O. Stafford~Delores Swain Stafford
Tyler, Trace, and Scarlett
The Tiny Rosebud
The Master Gardener from heaven above
Planted a seed in the garden of love,
And from it there grew a rosebud small
That never had time to open at all.
For God in His perfect and all-wise way
Chose this rose for His heavenly bouquet,
And great was the joy of this tiny rose
To be the one our Father chose to leave earths garden
For one on high where roses bloom always and never die.
So while you can't see your precious rose bloom,
You know the great Gardener from the upper room
Is watching and tending this wee rose with care,
Tenderly touching each petal so fair.
So think of your darling with the angels above,
Secure and contented and surrounded by love,
And remember God blessed and enriched your lives, too,
For in dying your darling brought heaven closer to you!
(Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy)
Krabbe disease is a lethal, demyelinating condition caused by a deficiency of galactosylceramidase (GALC) enzyme activity. This leads to accumulation of cerebroside and psychosine. The most common form of Krabbe disease is the infantile form. These babies have mental and motor deterioration related to loss of myelin in the brain and peripheral nervous system. They usually die by two years of age. Less common are later onset forms of Krabbe disease that affect children and adults. It is likely that different mutations in the GALC gene cause this variability in onset and severity of symptoms. Sometimes differences may occur even among family members. Krabbe disease is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, two copies of non-working (GALC) genes must be present for symptons to occur. Researchers are currently trying to develop methods of treatment.
Infantile Krabbe Disease (90% of cases)
Symptoms usually start at three to six months of age. Development may be normal up to that time. An increase response to sensory stimuli (irritability), developmental delay or regression, difficulity in feeding, and seizures are common first symptoms. Children then have a more severe and rapid deterioration of mental and motor function. Hypertonia (increased muscle tone) and problems with vision develop. Eventually children lose mental and motor function, become deaf and blind, cannot move or speak, and typically must be fed through a tube. Death usually occurs within one year after symptoms appear.
"At home in Walker, Louisiana"
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In the way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
"Everybody says I look just like my daddy.
What do you think?"
"Daddy and Me"
Jesus Has a Rocking Chair
Jesus has a rocking chair
And he holds your precious baby
with tender loving care.
He takes the place of mom and dad.
He's the greatest parent a child could have.
Don't worry about your baby there.
Jesus has a rocking chair.
"This is my big brothers,
Trace and Tyler
and my little sister, Scarlett"
Spring of 2000
All who believe in Gods mercy and grace
Will meet their loved ones face to face
Where time is endless and joy unbroken
And only the words of God's love are spoken.
We are very proud to have received this award from
My Mother is a Survivor
An online grief support group for parents who have lost a child.
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Scarlett's Page (Kelly's sister)
Shelley Beasley Memorial
(Remembering Kelly's cousin, Shelley)
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by Celine Dion & R. Kelly
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