Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kansas City Star Newspaper Tribute

Thanks goes out to Frank Tankard for writing an excellent tribute to Shawndra. His article appeared in the Kansas City Star Newspaper today. Below is a link to the article.

http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/1144886.html

Ella and I are good. The past few weeks have been busy. If and when things slow down a bit, I'd like to post some updated photos of Ella and share a few fun stories.

Good night all.
- Doug

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doug. Every time I see a butterfly I think of Shawndra,and I see them all the time!!!!I miss her so much.Pam

Joyce Smith said...

We would LOVE to see updated pictures of Ella, and it is so good to hear from you. I still love seeing the picture of Shawndra when I check in. Joyce

AlanaBD said...

We will ALL be waiting anxiously for these pics and funny stories! Kids are SO funny!!

Love you,
Alana

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute for such a beautiful woman; inside and out. I can hardly wait for updates & pics of Ella. I still come to the blog everyday....I miss her. Love & prayers are still coming you way, Doug, Ella, and the rest of the family. jill b

Vickie Wieberg said...

I too, come to the Blog everyday & miss her. Can't wait to see pics of Ella & hear her funny stories & I was also glad to see a few words from you. We know youre busy working on a new normal but it sure is nice to hear from you. Thank You, Vickie in J.C., Mo.

Anonymous said...

Doug,
You and your family are in my prayers. The picture you posted of Shawndra is so beautiful. She was glowing. Her life was amazing. She is what we all aspire to be. Beautiful inside and out. Smart, loving, loved. What an example of a life well lived.
Wendy

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear you are doing okay! I think of your family daily!
Love,
Christy in Tampa

Anonymous said...

Doug, I'm dedicating several miles of Monday's Boston Marathon to Shawndra. I've sent the "dedication document" to her shawndrab email account. She is quite an inspiration, and I have you all in my thoughts.
Best, Caryn Lamphier

Anonymous said...

What a great article! Thanks for sharing. I am glad to hear that you and Ella are doing well. I think about you everyday.

Love, Marny

Sheba said...

To the family of Shawndra Beauchamp Turner. I work for a local tv station here in KC. I came across Shawndra's tribute in the KC Star, from there I went to her blog and read numerous postings. I am inspired and encouraged. I would like to speak to a family member about her. I may be reached at shebac@hotmail.com or sheba.clarke@kctv5.com.

kelley said...

So glad to hear you and Ella are making the best of each day. Looking forward to seeing new photos of the family, and hearing the stories.

Paulette said...

wow so good to hear a few word's from you Doug. I think about you all the time and pray for you and sweet Ella. I pray that God is fill you with his peace and comfort in these hard day's.
I will always come by to check in on ya'll. Let us know prayer requests as you have them so we can pray specifically for ya'll.

Anonymous said...

Oh please do updates. You are like family to us and we care for you and Ella so much! Be well...Sue

Lisa said...

That was a nice tribute, thanks for sharing it. I look forward to seeing new pictures of Ella. I pray you two are doing well.

Anonymous said...

Doug and Ella-

Thinking of you all! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you! We are here if you need any extra hands!

The Mudge Family

Anonymous said...

Hi. I was a resident that rotated through CMH when Shawndra was a nurse there and she was a fantastic lady; very kind, patient, and you could tell she loved taking care of the kids. I followed her journey on her blog and was really hoping and praying for a different outcome. Thank you for sharing your life and story with us.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and your family still. Hope you are enjoying the warm weather.

Mandy Hamlin Featherston

Vickie Kruse Wieberg said...

Thought I would drop by & see what Doug, Ella & family were up to. I still check in daily, I just don't know what else to say, so sometimes I don't post.
Thinking of you all daily, Vickie Wieberg

Anonymous said...

Shawndra - I miss you so much. I hope you are up in heaven, giggling.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOUG!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of Shawndra often!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of Shawndra today. I hope that you and Ella are doing okay, taking it one day at a time.

Vickie Wieberg said...

Dear Doug & Ella,
I have already begun thinking of you both this week as Mothers Day has been fastly approaching. I have been thinking of Shawndra, alot as well. I will be thinking of her & praying for her family even more on Sunday.
Shawndra is such a great mother, as evidence by this blog. All the fighting she had done and everything she went through, was because she is such a good mother. She couldve given up a long time ago & saved herself so much suffering..., but she didnt. She didnt because she did everything in her power to stay here with her baby girl for as long as she could.
Now, she can be with her baby girl, ALWAYS. I bet shes closer now to Ella then when she was carrying her in utero.
I pray for Shawndras Mom this Mothers Day also. I also pray for Shawndras sister & for all the mothers who love Shawndra so much! God Bless you all, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! Vickie

Astraea said...

Thought I'd stop by to say hello. I continue to pray for you guys everyday. Hope all is well.

Naomi in GA said...

Happy Mothers Day Shawndra, in Heaven..I know now you must be closer to Ella than ever before as now you will always be on her shoulder and in her heart!
Up there in heaven
At least I know you are not lonely
You must be surrounded by
Millions of other angels..
MISS YOU TONS!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and your family today as always. MHF

Laurie said...

I think of Shawndra daily, praying you and Ella are doing the best you can. What an inspiration Shawndra is.

Anonymous said...

I check on here every day. I didn't know Shawndra but was inspired by her. I am sure Doug and Ella are trying to sort through the new normal. Hope all is well. Thinking of the entire family in this time of loss.

Lori said...

Just thinking about Doug and Ella this morning and hoping all is well with them. You are always in my thoughts and prayers!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful girl with auburn hair
Her laughter, her smile…they warm you
Light up her face, a glow of happiness
A friend to all she meets, you want to know her

The word is spoken, you don’t want to hear…can it be real?
The fight begins, a body at war
Why is this happening? What does it mean?
There is no doubt, we will win

Days turn to months, the battle continues
Doubt creeps in, push it away
Don’t let it in, keep going and going
Live every moment, make memories and love

Months turn to years, the prayers start to change
The body is tired, but the mind is strong
We will not give up, we will not give in
We will win, we have to win

What is the purpose of her fate?
Help those in pain to learn, cope and heal
She did it with strength and dignity
This was her destiny, this is her legacy

She is remembered, sparkling eyes and kind words
She drew you in, she kept you there
Talk with her, feel her with you, remember her
Weep no more, the butterfly has flown home

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you today Shawndra. I am sure bu now you are getting pretty comfy there in Heaven, watching over your family down here. Doug, I hope you and Ella are doing okay.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug, Ella, Turners and Beauchamps...

Just a quick note to send our love and prayers your way. Shawndra is never far from my thoughts, and neither are the rest of you.

jg in ca

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and missing Shawndra....

Jennifer O said...

Thinking of Shawndra today...and the family! Sending prayers your way.

Anonymous said...

I was think of Shawndra today and thought I would leave a little note for Doug and Ella. I hope you and your family are doing well.

Rachel said...

I am hoping that you and your girl are doing ok. I think of you often and check the blog daily for an update.

My thoughts and prayers are with you daily.!!!!

Lorna said...

Doug, just thinking of you and Ella today, and praying that you are both doing as well as possible.

Keep the faith!

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

Hi Doug & Ella. I think of you daily & I think of Shawndra even more. I know shes just so happy, free & watching over you always! God Bless, Vickie Wieberg

Leisa said...

Thinking of Shawndra this Memorial Day weekend. And remembering how much joy she brought to the lives of those she affected. May God bring you and Ella peace as you recall all the beautiful memories you have with Shawndra. Leisa

Jan Velander said...

Hey Doug,
You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I often wonder how our two girls are doing in heaven. I have no doubt they are tight friends and have lots to share with each other. I'm praying so hard for your strength because I understand the pain you're enduring.
I hope to see you and your dad and Shawndra's dad at the Jennifer Ireland Foundation tournament in June. It was such an honor last year when Shawndra handed out the raffle prizes. Oh, how I miss that beautiful smile and infectious laugh.
Take care and remember you still have many, many people praying for you and Ella.
With love, prayers and understanding,
Jan

Anonymous said...

Although I am a stranger I still check on things daily. Hoping Doug and Ella are doing as well as possible given the circumstances. I bet Ella keeps you smiling Doug. I hope she has the same laugh and attitude as her mom. Shawndra sounds like she was one in a million.
Tracy

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug and Ella,

Just wanted to stop by and say Hi and let you know that I think of you both often as well as your families. Peace be with you always :)

Deb (LSMO)

Anonymous said...

just wanted to let you know, we still pray for you and Ella and think of you often.

-The Engelharts
Kari, Andy, Zoe & Easton

Anonymous said...

I miss reading Shawndra's words here!! I pray that Doug, Ella and the whole family are doing well!!

Vickie Wieberg said...

Dear Doug & Ella, Just thinking of you this morning & of Shawndra.
I hope you are both doing well & getting the many signs from Shawndra that Im SURE shes sending your way. Pay attention, they are there.
I pray for you all daily & think of Shawndra alot. God Bless you all, Vickie in J.C., Mo.

Jennifer O said...

Thinking of Shawndra today and hoping Doug, Ella & the rest of family are feeling her strength to forge ahead.

You are in my thoughts & prayers...

Anonymous said...

Thoughts, love, hugs and prayers are with you and sweet Ella. Shawndra would be so proud of you Doug :)

Brandi

Anonymous said...

Thinking of Shawndra today - hope you and Ella are doing okay Doug. With gentle thoughts...

ChristyZDC said...

Still think of Shawndra often and your family...I hope you and Ella are doing well!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all...
AHF

Anonymous said...

Doug - I think of you and Ella often and wonder how you are. In spite of all that has occurred I hope you have a nice Father's Day. Just being with your little ray of sunshine will be wonderful. Miss Shawndra and her wonderful posts and spirit all the time.

Take Care and enjoy that little sweet Ella..

Kristen

Leisa said...

Doug,

I still think of Shawndra often. Knowing her through this blog has definitely had an impact on my life and how I live it. Any time I'm out in public and run into a pretty lady with red hair, I think of Shawndra. I know now that I always will. I hope you and Ella are doing well and that you enjoy spending Father's Day with her tomorrow.

Take care and may God be with you both always.

Leisa

Anonymous said...

I still miss her too. Joyce

Vickie Kruse Wieberg said...

Dear DOUG, HAPPY FATHERS DAY!! You deserve to have a FATHERS WEEK!! Just wanted you to know, even though I have never net you or Shawndra, I think of you both often. It amazes me how much Shawndra has touched my life & my heart.
I thought of you & prayed for your journey as Ellas Father on this fathers day.
Just so you know, my father raised 5 of us by himself, in the early 90's when it wasnt very common for a father to do this, and we had the BEST LIFE. He did a wonderful job & we never felt cheated. In fact, the 3 girls he raised, all grew up, strong & independant & intelligent, with good values & the best self respect b/c we were so loved by a wonderful man.
We all married & now have our first little ones, with wonderful husbands that are great husbands & wonderful fathers. If its true you look for a spouse that is modeled after your own father, it just shows that Shawndra had a great Dad & picked YOU & Ella will have the same.
Dont second guess your decisions ever, if you make every decision b/c you love her, first & foremost, you cant go wrong!! All you have to do is LOVE HER!! HAPPY FATHERS DAY, Vickie Wieberg in J.C., Mo.

Anonymous said...

Doug,

Just wanted you to know that we are all still thinking of you and I am still praying for you and Ella as I know the road isn't an easy one at this point. I hope you had a great Father's Day to one awesome dad!!!! Ella is soooo lucky to have you. Take Care and hope to hear from you soon. :)

Lorna said...

Doug, I was just thinking of you and Ella, and I wanted you to know that you're still in my prayers.

Shawndra is with you, Doug. Her spirit fills your home, and her devotion fills your heart. Of that I am certain.

Be good to yourself,

- Lorna

Anonymous said...

With the 4th of July two days away, I know Shawndra will be getting VIA * Very Important Angel* treatment in heaven and will be getting the best seat in the Lord's House to watch the amazing fireworks! I can still hear her laughter...her tee hee's and hee-hee's and that infectious smile when she would talk about her favorite holiday...The 4th of July...Independence Day...Freedom Day....How fitting...Freedom from pain....Freedom from cancer! It will be a celebration of life for you, dear friend Shawndra! MY...HOW I MISS YOU SO!!
For anyone out there reading this...take a moment this 4th of July and raise a sparkler to the sky for Shawndra. I know she will see all her prayer warriors and love every minuite of it! As she always used to say...have fun and be safe!
Love and miss you, sweet Shawndra!
Betty Boop

Anonymous said...

Hope you are all doing well....

Jennifer said...

Thinking of Shawndra today and thought I'd check in on break. I hope that you're finding the laughter of your memories together breaks thru the tears of your heartache and are finding a balance of peace in your heart.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of Shawndra today - Doug, please know that there are many people out there who will never forget your beautiful wife. She has touched the hearts of many. I pray for and think of you and Ella often.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug,

I hope you and Ella are having a peaceful and fun summer. You, Ella, Andrea, Dustin, the Turners and Beauchamps, and everyone else who misses Shawndra more each day are in our prayers still.

jg in ca

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all on today - Shawndra's birthday. What a beautiful life she had, cut too short. Hope everyone is doing all right... Mandy Hamlin Featherston

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Shawndra. I miss you every day!