Monday, March 16, 2009

Arrangements


Shawndra Beauchamp Turner, age 32, of Overland Park, Kansas peacefully passed on Sunday, March 15, 2009 in the comfort of her family.

The visitation is scheduled for 6-8PM on Wed. March 18th at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, located at 9300 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS 66207. Please join us at Rolling Hills Church on Thursday, March 19th at 10:30AM for the celebration of her life. Graveside service will immediately follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens located at 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66210.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Solace House, 8012 State Line Road Suite 202, Shawnee Mission, KS 66208, a center for grieving children and their families.

Shawndra was born on July 23, 1976 and grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas. She graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School, and later received her undergraduate degree from Drake University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She continued her education by obtaining a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She spent five years caring for kids at Children's Mercy Hospital. In 2004, Shawndra advanced her education by receiving a master's degree as a Nurse Practioner. She practiced in the outpatient ENT clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Shawndra married Doug Turner on August 7, 2004. She was committed to her family, friends, and the medical community. Her love of life, spontaneous wit and infectious laugh will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Shawndra is survived by her husband, Doug Turner, her precious daughter; Ella, her parents, Gary and Carolyn Beauchamp; her sister, Andrea Kristoff and husband Greg; her grandmother, Beulah Janssen.

Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel 913-451-1860.

86 comments:

snugli01 said...

If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane.
I could walk right up to Heaven,
And bring you home again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knows why.

My heart still active in sadness,
And secret tears still flow,
What it meant to lose you
No one could ever know.

But now I know you want us,
To mourn for you no more.
To remember all the happy times
Life still has so much more in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today,
A hallowed place within my heart,
Is where you’ll always stay.


Love you and miss You Shawndra
Your Cousin Debbie Reed
reed_debbie_99@yahoo.com

Astraea said...

I wish I could be there along with all the Prayer Warriors. Shawndra was a beautiful person. She will forever have a place in my heart. God bless you all.

Lori said...

I'll be with you in thoughts and prayers. My grandmother's funeral is the same day. Wish I could be there but will be thinking about you all. Take care and know that Shawndra will be in our hearts forever!

Kindra Browne said...

Hi everyone, It's Kindra. I am so saddened today. I have Doug and Shawndra's wedding photos in my office and look at them everyday. I loved your family so much and still do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I am thankful she is no longer in pain. From the pictures, it appears that Ella will carry on her fabulous spirit and spunk!

Anonymous said...

I wish we could meet the Turner & Beauchamp families in person (and the friends of both, too); I wish we could offer our physical support as well as our spiritual support. Please know that each and every one of you are in our hearts and thoughts during this most difficult time. I am sure the celebration you have will honor the joy with which Shawndra lived.

jg in ca

Susan said...

I knew this was coming but even when you know, you never realize how it's going to feel. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your loving, wife, mother, daugher and sister. Shawndra had a way about her and with words that just drew you in and the world is a bit darker without her in it. I only hope little Ella will be able to fully comprehend the wonderful woman that is and always will be her mother. I'm so sorry for the loss of your partner in this life, Doug. I can't imagine how you must be feeling.

God Bless you all today and always!

HUGE HUGS!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like she was a great lady!

Kelly Pittman said...

Doug, Ella, Turner and Beauchamp families -
So sorry to hear of Shawndra's passing. I had started reading her blog shortly after Jennifer Ireland passed away and had faithfully followed it since then. Shawndra was a wonderful, caring, spunky person. Much too young to leave us. Ella will probably be just like her mommy when she grows up. Just know Ella that you will always have a special angel in heaven looking over you always.
Hugs to you all,
Kelly Pittman
Richmond, MO

Anonymous said...

Although I have never met Shawndra, her story has touched my life. I have been following her story for some time now, and was very sad to hear the news of her passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

So from one Alpha Phi Sister (from CMSU) to our new sister in the Silent Chapter, you will be missed by everyone, even people you never knew.

AOE,
Mollie (from Lee’s Summit)

Anonymous said...

Dear Fellow Bloggers and Prayer Warriors,

According to the website ChooseHope.com, "true blue" (or dark blue) are the official colors of "Awareness Ribbons" for colon or colo-rectal cancer.

I thought it might be a nice idea for those of us who knew and loved Shawndra through her Blog to consider wearing blue "awareness ribbons", or just plain blue ribbons, at her services as a show of solidarity, and also so that perhaps we can recognize and meet other Bloggers in person.

I feel as if I know many of you just through reading Shawndra's incredible Blog for so long, so this might be a good way for us to quietly identify each other at her services.

This is just a thought, but I'll be wearing a blue ribbon, if anyone would like to chat with me and share our stories about how Shawndra's life has affected us. Also, maybe those of us bloggers who won't know anyone else personally at Shawndra's services could sit together or something.

Just a thought, but I though it might be a nice idea.

Anonymous said...

I knew Shawndra as a fellow Alpha Phi pledge at Drake. Her spirit was contagious and her outlook on life was always positive. Shawndra always lit up a room. I was truly shocked and deeply saddened to hear of her courageous fight with cancer. I wish I could be there to honor her in person. I send my deepest sympathies to her husband and sweet daughter.

Julie Q Cooper

Richardson Family said...

Doug, Ella, and all Shawndra's family! Thank you for taking time to keep all of us updated. I know that in this type of situation updating everyone on the blog is probably last on your priority but we all truly appreciate it. Doug & Ella - your Mommy and wife was/is a BEAUTIFUL person and I hope that you can keep those memories alive in the years ahead! Shawndra changed my life and many others! I will be praying for you in the days, months, and years ahead!
God Bless,
Andrea

Misty said...

To Doug, Ella, Gary & Carolyn,

I feel so blessed meeting Shawndra and all of her wonderful family! Even though I was her hospice nurse for a brief time in the home, it was very obvious what a wonderful person Shawndra was! May you be at peace knowing there is a special guardian angel looking down upon all of you!

Misty, RN, BSN
KCHPC

Anonymous said...

I'll be wearing my blue ribbon at the visitation and Celebration of Life for beautiful lady -- Shawndra Turner. Thanks for the blue ribbon idea above.

When you think about it, if anyone deserves a BLUE RIBBON, it's Shawndra. :-)

- Kristy in Independence, MO

Anonymous said...

I am hoping I can make it to the visitation (on call) Just wanted to share a prayer a friend sent me re; Shawndra- true and lovely, just like Shawndra. (Thank you Ben)

We see Shawndra enfolded in God's light and God's love as she continues her journey forward--knowing that life does not end with the death of the body but that it continues as life continues through those whom she touched while on this earthly plane. We also know and affirm that those lives whom she touched while on earth were enriched beyond measure. We know these things to be true.

Adriane

Nat said...

My thoughts are with all of you- I wish I could be there to help celebrate Shawndra's life. She touched so many!

Anonymous said...

Doug,

I am deeply sorry I can't be there, since I don't live in OP anymore. I will be thinking of you all.

I am happy to donate to the Solace House. It seems to be a great organization that you, little Ella, and the rest of the family will benefit from.

(PLEASE keep us posted on how you guys are doing in the future!) I'm not sure if you were planning on keeping Shawndra's blog 'open' or not or maybe starting your own. My friend, Leslie Harkness was my 4th grade best friend and she lost her husband about a year ago and has a 3 year old little prince. She has a blog and is amazing what she has done with it. I hope you two can connect sometime with your sadness, joys, memories, and of course your precious children. (No pressure, of course, but I think you both could help each other.) :)

Love you,
Alana Dober

Vickie Kruse Wieberg said...

Dear Doug, Ella & Shawndras family,
I will be thinking of you ALL tomorrow & the following day.And for a long time to come.
I wish I was closer & could make it to Shawndras LIFE CELEBRATION. Being merely a prayer warrior, I wish I could have known her because she touched my life from afar, I am like all the rest..., saddened that she is no longer gonna post her witty blogs b/c I am selfish but happy that she doesnt have to have anymore " tummy aches " as Ella stated. That was the perfect, most precious, innocent comment that I have ever heard. I will continue to pray for that little Ella, even though I know her Mommy is taking FASR BETTER care of her now.
To Andrea, losing a sister in her prime, I don't ever want to imagine. Just know I feel for you & admire your brave and gracious outlook.
To Doug, There is no doubt in anyones mind, that with all you have handled, you will handle being Ellas only earthly parent, with grace, ease, happiness & love.
To Shawndras parents, you sound like beautiful people. From Shawndras posts I have taken it that because of you, she never had to feel alone, unhappy or unloved. EVERYTHING a child dreams of, you gave her. You must feel proud of that. Her happiness, good nature, love of life & witty personality, came from the self assurance that you gave her. I'm sure you will see all of Shawndra in Ella.
Shawndra gave you all the best gift, a piece of her, Ella.
May God Bless you all, Vickie Kruse Wieberg in J.C., Mo.

Don MacLeod said...

What finer gift can there be, but to leave someone’s life richer for having shared yours.

Hold Fast, Where the tree of life is blooming, meet me there
Don MacLeod

Anonymous said...

Thinking of all of you.
(((Shawndra's Family)))
Peace to you all and Shawndra.

Laura, NP
Adrian, MO

Anonymous said...

Just FYI -

Anyone may leave a entry in Shawndra's online Guest Book at:

http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=4999467132861&eid=viewgb_31709

If that link is too long, you can also just search for her name at Legacy.com

alisa kelly said...

I will always remember Shawndra as a beautiful, vibrant, caring person. I send my love and prayers to her family, Alisa Kelly-Martina

Joyce Smith said...

What a beautiful picture of such a beautiful lady. Goodbye, dear Shawndra. I am so sorry you had to go. Love, Joyce

Anonymous said...

She looks so beautiful in this picture. Of course, she was one beautiful lady inside and out.

I still think of you all everyday. Just know that tons of people just like me are holding your family tight in our prayers and hope you can feel the love that we all had for Shawndra from miles away.

Kristen

Jennifer O said...

Having already read about Shawndra yesterday, I still checked the blog this evening. She's become a part of my daily routine - just like checking up with friends on facebook! Her spirit lives on in many forms and that is an amazing thing! Wow - Ella is going to be so inspired and feel the warmth of her Mom's love & spirit as she grows and begins to understand the impact and CHANGE her Mommy made in the world!

I will be making a donation to the Solace house in memory of Shawndra as soon as my budget allows. I visited their website www.solacehouse.org and what an amazing organization right in our own backyard.

I am glad I stopped by this evening - what a beautiful photo of an even more beautiful spirit. Thanks for sharing...my thoughts and prayers are with Doug, little sweet Ella, the family & friends during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday's Influence
Today's Memories
Tomorrow's Reunion

May God bring you peace and
comfort during these sad days.
I've been following this blog for quite some time and have been blessed by Shawndra's inspiring words and thoughts. She has reached
her "goal" and is safe in the arms of Jesus.
Your family is in my prayers.
Carol from Indianapolis

Anonymous said...

Thank you for adding this beautiful picture of such a beautiful woman!

I think the "blue awareness ribbon" is a great idea, and I'll be wearing a blue ribbon at Shawndra's services. Thanks, Kristy, for repeating that idea.

Beth said...

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the family. We just found out about this blog. What an amazing and touching way to share the journey with so many. When I think of the perfect couple, I think of Doug and Shawndra. Both so nice, happy and full of laughter. I will never forget how beautiful your wedding was. We will miss Shawndra. God bless you and comfort you.
Love,
Beth & Joe Guiot

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture of such a wonderful woman!!! Rest in peace sweet Shawndra!!
God Bless you all....

Marie said...

Doug, Ella, Andrea and family,

Take care today and tomorrow. It's hard to get through I know. We'll all be thinking of you and your family.

God's blessings on everyone.

Hugs,
Marie

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your family. I felt I knew Shawndra. I have read he blog since the begining. We talked a few times and she was so inspirering...I have colon cancer, but she took the time for me. How thoughtful is that????
Bless and rest in Heaven dear, dear Sawndra..
Sue.
http//cancersucksbigtime.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

For months, I have been praying for Shawdra and her family during weekly mass. Oh how I wish this prayer had been answered with a miracle. I am saddened by the loss of such a wonderful woman who was loved by so many. Solace is found only in the fact that the story does not in deed end here. I know my prayer has been answered but am unsure in what form. Maybe it is in the fact that Shawndra's beautiful daughter, Ella will go on to inspire more and more people in the future with the foundation of love and support that her mother gave her during these impressionable years.

My prayers will not stop here. I hope the rest of the people who read this blog will also think of this family for years to come and send their blessings. The battle against this disease is not ended. Shawndra's family must now move on and move through their grief.

Many blessings to all,
Wendy

Tracey said...

My heart is heavy with sadness. My prayers and thoughts are with Shawndra's family and her beautiful little girl. I hope you find peace and joy in the memories and obvious love that surrounds you. May God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Just got back from the visitation. Shawndra touched so many lives and it showed in attendance!

They had about 7-10?? beautiful pictures of Shawndra, Doug, Ella, Andrea, her parents with her at her wedding.....a BEAUTIFUL wedding pic.

Just thought I'd post for those of you who couldn't make it.

Anonymous said...

Wow- what a lot of visiting done tonight. I would be surprised if you got out by 10pm!!! The line seemed to never end Doug! Shawndra was and is so loved. I am sure you are exhausted and not reading this but I just realized March is colorectal cancer awareness month! I also wanted to mention you were all certainly in my thoughts on the 15th as I checked the blog about 20 times that day. The 15th happens to be my birthday as well and will always think of her and you all on that day. Shawndra was such a fighter- even so she shared with me that she felt like she didn't do enough!? How could anyone do more? She was amazing. She SO did not want to leave you as evidenced! I wish there was a way to change it all and somehow take away your pain and sorrow. I know there is not- One of Shawndra's friends said tonight "colon cancer sucks" and I agree it could not be put any more accurately than that. In Shawndra's memory I would like to contribute to colon cancer awareness as I'm sure others do. Hang in there Doug- it has to be incredibly overwhelming right now- May the Lord Bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you. (and may you get some sleep)
Many blessings to you and your family.
See you tomorrow.
Adriane

Anonymous said...

Doug,

Our paths crossed only a few times many years ago but I was deeply saddened to hear the news of your wife, Shawndra. From the outpouring of support on this site it is obvious Shawndra was a special person who positively impacted the lives of those fortunate enough to have known her (and many who didn't beyond reading her blog). Find comfort in the memories of your time together and peace knowing that she is free from pain. Take care of that beautiful little girl!

You and your family are in my thoughts,

Russ Barnett (ZX class of '97)

Anonymous said...

I wore bright blue today and spent the day with Shawndra and those who miss her on my mind. I know you all celebrated her life and her amazing spirit in a way she would have loved.

Continuing to pray and think of you all.

jg in ca

Anonymous said...

Holding all of you close in prayer today. Thinking of you on this difficult day.

Anonymous said...

I wish we could physically be there. Prayers from Texas. The Storey Family

Mommy said...

What a beautiful picture.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you today as you celebrate Saundras life... and always.

Matt said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your dear wife, but reading about her makes me wish I did. Medical science cannot explain to us why bad things happen to such good people. However, your wife's story leaves a legacy to the rest of us to live life to its fullest.

I am a 40 year old man in the early stages of my fight against colon cancer. This disease certainly causes you to take notice and consider some life changes.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and your family today. May Shawndra's smile shine down upon you today and always.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of you all today and last night...I know this must be the hardest thing for you all. I'm sorry again that I couldn't be there.

Alana Dober

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you today in what must be one of the hardest days of you life. Hold Ella extra tight, and know that she is a blessing that shawndra was able to give you; Ella is what will help everyone get through this, and help you hold on to a big piece of Shawndra. Before my Dad died (too young from colon cancer)he told me that his children were his legacy. That's what Ella is - Shawndra (and Doug's) legacy. There is no doubt that she will know how much her Mommy loves her, and how much she fought to be with her. With kind thoughts, Crystal

Marie said...

Bless this day.

Hugs,
Marie

Erin said...

I am so glad Shawndra is no longer in pain, but I am so sad that she remains with you only in spirit. I will remember ordering icy treats for her after procedures and watching her share them with Ella. I will remember her smile and resilience and courage. I will remember the tender love and care that her family showed her.
The Turners and Beauchamps are in my prayers. Erin

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are out of town, so were unable to make the service. Please know we are thinking of you all. May you be at peace knowing Shawndra is no longer suffering.

God Bless You all...and thanks for sharing such an intimate part of your life with all of us.

The Ellis - Curtis, Allyson, Brooke, Brett and Luke

Anonymous said...

To Shawndra's family, I wish you all peace.

Anonymous said...

The service today was beautiful and inspiring. What a gem Shawndra was, and I will forever feel blessed to have known her.

The road for her family and friends will be tough ahead as you learn how to live without Shawndra by your side. Please be assured that my prayers are with you.

My love and support,

Mandy Hamlin Featherston

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to Shawndra's life today. I feel so very honored to have known her. I will keep you all in my prayers. Thank you for sharing so openly with all of us faithful blog readers.
God bless you all...

Anonymous said...

Shawndra LIVES in all of us. We are so blessed. Her beauty resides in Ella and her strength in Doug. All of her family are an inspiration to me.

Doug...let all the love around you IN...and let it remind you of God's promise that he will NEVER leave you...nor will Shawndra's love.
Peace be with you,
Gail Ezell

Anonymous said...

Doug - thinking of you and Ella and your entire family during this difficult time. Hang in there and hold your beautiful daughter close to you...she's a part of Shawndra that hasn't gone away. This blog has taught me to hold my children close and enjoy every day to the fullest and not to sweat the small stuff. Shawndra touched my life and I will forever be grateful for that. Take care buddy. - an avid reader from the east coast.

Anonymous said...

Doug,
Can't imagine the depths of your pain this evening. As I stood in the back of the church during the service today, I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to be celebrating the life of the one i hold most dear. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your courage and grace are inspiring. kevin (and adriane, aidan and truett)

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all. So sorry for the tremendous loss you have suffered, and praying for everyone who misses Shawndra tonight.

jg in ca

Laura said...

Farewell sweet Shawndra and heartfelt condolences to her loving family and friends during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

It was an amazing celebration of life to celebrate an amazing woman! She was life changing to all who knew her. May each of us be changed for the better because of Shawndra. Live...laugh...love...every day in honor of Shawndra Turner! A hero

Kathy D. said...

I only knew Shawndra and your family through the blog and was honored to be able to share this difficult yet inspiring passage with all of you, especially Shawndra. What a sweet, honest, brave woman she was on earth and continues to be in heaven.
Here's my tribute to Shawndra--I will go get that life-saving colorectal exam that I've been dreading and putting off for so long. I hope others will do the same, not only for ourselves and those who love us, but as a living memorial to Shawndra.
May God comfort all of you during this very difficult time.
Kathy D.

jen said...

That beautiful picture of Shawndra gives me chills! You can see her amazing spirit shining in her eyes!! What a wonderful woman and I will miss her posts here.

I pray for comfort and peace for her family as they begin this new journey!

Jen

snugli01 said...

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited....
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
Author Unknown


Love ya Shawndra
Your Cousin Debbie Reed

snugli01 said...

We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.


Love to you all
Cousin Debbie

Anonymous said...

I have read Shawndra's blog for a year and a half. And now I am still drawn to it - still checking almost daily. Not even sure what I'm looking for, but I miss Shawndra. I never had the privilege of meeting Shawndra or any of her family, but they are still a big part of my life.

Anonymous said...

The Celebration of Shawndra's life was so incredible. I didn't want it to end- Yes- I know it may sound crazy. But Les did such a wonderful job, I hope Ella can hear or read his words of remembrance and hope some day. The blue bows reminded me of butterflies as well (thank you Sherry for making them). The service was truly a celebration of her and it was good to laugh and cry- that is what Shawndra would like to see I am sure- healthy grieving- just like Les said- in knowledge that she is in a most incredible place with no pain or suffering. The procession of cars after the service was so long (when seen from the middle/end) you could not see the beginning or the end at any time and even oncoming traffic stopped, and put on their lights and flashers. It was very touching and respectful. I keep hearing the song "There will be a day" by Jeremy Camp and think of Shawndra and you all. As Spring comes- I think it can be a difficult time to be grieving so much- because life has stopped (here on Earth) and it doesn't seem right watching it go on. I hope, however that it reminds you of all the good times you had and the peace she is experiencing now. I hope when you hear the birds singing and see the flowers blooming, that you are renewed in the knowledge of Shawndra's new life and how happy she would want you to be as you continue without her in the knowledge that you will see her again one day and get to hear that famous laugh.
Many Blessings to you all. You are in our prayers and thoughts daily.
Adriane, Kevin and the boys

Vickie Kruse Wieberg said...

I too continue to check the site. Also, not knowing what I am looking for. I guess I am used to checking on her, awaiting some humorous post or news of what she is up to. I miss her too.
Thinking of her family & friend, Dustin, this weekend as you all dealt with a painful week. I've been thinking of you all & praying for you.
There is a void that is impossible to miss & I know you are all feeling it right now. Try to rest & get your bearrings. Grief is such an individual emotion. Knowing that she is out of pain, helps, Im sure.
There are so many prayer warriors sending prayers your way! God Bless, Vickie in J.C., Mo.

Anonymous said...

Is this blog going to continue with her husband or is this it?Nice to hear she had an amazing funeral,fitting for her.She deserved a beautiful send off.I hope time will heal all the sad hearts.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you....
God bless

Anonymous said...

I wasn't able to make it to the Celebration of Shawndra's life. However, I have a gift for Ella that I would like to send. I found a beautiful butterfly picture frame that I thought would be a keepsake for Ella to have a photo of her & Shawndra. If any close friends, or neighbors are reading the blog and would be willing to let me mail it to you and take to Doug for Ella, please email me @ aficken@marcon-marketing.com. I found this blog through the Jennifer Ireland site and it has inspired me to be greatful for my health and to appreciate the good things in my life. We are never promised tomorrow.

I prayed for Shawndra to be free of pain and now I pray for Doug, Ella and family & friends to quickly mourn and forget the sadness & suffering. It seems Shawndra would want us all to remember her with a smile & a laugh.

I read about the stars perhaps being holes in heaven for our loved ones to shine the light to let us know they are happy and I will forever think of Shawndra when I look up at the stars!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Shawndra... It was really nice to meet you... I will remember you forever! God bless Doug and Ella.

Danielle from Brazil

Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for the pain you are going through. I am happy that Shawndra is no longer in pain but am sad that the ones left suffer.
I have followed Shawndras story from the very beginning and she has touched my life. Her story made me take a look at my own life and my walk with God. She had such a wonderful outlook on life and such a strong will. I am so thankful that I found her blog and she helped me grow closer to the Lord.
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. My prayers are still with you and the family.
Angie

Anonymous said...

Dear Doug, Ella, and all of Shawndra's family and close friends:
Thank you so much for sharing a bit of beautiful Shawndra with us.
May peace and the beautiful memories of her be with you forever.
Take care,
Debora.

Jess in Nebraska said...

I also, as many others continue to check the blog daily. I miss her posts and Shawndra's humor even when she was feeling so bad.
I used to go to church in Omaha and attended Les' church,. I read that Les did the service. He is an amazing man and pastor...I bet the service was absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to post this link for those still checking the blog. Since this is colon cancer awareness month, they re-ran Shawndra's story from 2 years ago on NBC Action News last night.

I believe this just proves that Shawndra is still fighting for everyone else, even if we can't see it.

http://www.nbcactionnews.com/mostpopular/story/Local-Mom-Loses-Fight-Against-Colon-Cancer/dsSrSOagIUO3z6Gem8gTRg.cspx

Lorna Taylor said...

I spoke briefly on camera for this news piece, and I had wanted to get Doug's permission before it was shown on the air.

Looks like I didn't quite make that goal, but thankfully, I did reach Doug earlier today, and he gave this TV news story his full endorsement. :-)

Here's a direct link to the accompanying article on the NBC station's website. And here is the video footage itself.

Doug suggested to me that the station could consider referencing the URL for Shawndra's blog on their website, and I'm so happy they took that suggestion!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of beautiful Shawndra today. Doug, be kind to yourself, and hold your precious little girl tight. Still praying....Crystal

Anonymous said...

Thinking of your family...

Vickie Wieberg in J.C.,Mo. said...

Like everyday..., thinking of all of you & of Shawndra. I hope you are all taking special care of yourselves & enjoying that beautiful little Ella! God Bless you all, Vickie Wieberg

Jennifer O said...

Thinking of the friends and family today. Hope you feel the love and support from everyone.

claire said...

Thinking of you all, and missing Shawndra.

Anonymous said...

Even though I did not know Shawndra personally, her blog is an inspiration to many. Makes you stop to think about the small things in life and to enjoy them. I continue to check her blog thinking maybe she will post....but we know the result of that. I continue to pray for Doug and Ella and hope that they feel comfort knowing that there are so many people out there praying for them. They have such a wonderful support system. As I once said in a previous post, my the last memories be as good as the first. Shawndra is with you in more ways then you can imagine. God Bless!!

Vickie Kruse Wieberg in J.C.,Mo. said...

Its 0848..., and you are all being thought of this very second. Not only have I missed Shawndras blogging, Ive missed Doug & Andreas blogging too. Take care today. You're in my prayers daily. Vickie

Anonymous said...

Hey everyone,
Please check out this video for the American Cancer Society and spread around. The more number of views it gets, the more possible awareness and hopefully donations we can raise in the fight for cancer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxXxVftGCRI

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I was thinking of Shawndra today. When I first met her she was a care assistant at CMH. One of the best. Then she finished nursing school and again became one of the best. What made Shawndra so good at her job is that she brought so much of herself to the process of connecting with the patient as a person. I really believe that she did it without even realizing it. She was just that wonderful. That is the same reason why I still come to this site. She connected to us and we are all the better for it. I miss her.
C.

Anonymous said...

Doug, Andrea, Ella, Turners and Beauchamps:

You remain in my thoughts and prayers, and so does your beautiful Shawndra.

jg in ca

Anonymous said...

You guys are such a beautiful, honest & loving family. Blessings to all of you, esp Doug & Ella. Time will help heal your heart but know that Shawndra is always with you! From the raindrops to the morning dew to driving in the car w/the radio on & hearing one of her favorite songs ~ she will be there with you. She loved her family sooooooo much and it was so evident by her words on her blog. Shawndra is in heaven waiting with open arms for all of you and that must give you some peace. God bless

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Doug..Ella...Turner Family and Beachamp Family.
Missing you, Shawndra.

Brandi

Anonymous said...

Thinking of all of you and Shawndra. Missing her and her blog. Hoping that each day will be a little easier than the last. Always in my prayers.

jb

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