Hannah Humphris, died 3/24/2015 at the age of 18, in Virginia
HUMPHRIS, Hannah Rose, 18, of Glen Allen, Va., earned her angel wings and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, the 24th of March, 2015. She was born on May 15, 1996 in Charlottesville, Va. to Robert R. Humphris Jr. and Victoria Lynn Preston (formerly Humphris). She was preceded on this journey by her grandmothers, Patricia Johnson and Charlotte Y. Humphris. She is survived by her loving parents; and her grandfather, Dr. Robert R. Humphris Sr. of Charlottesville, Va. Also surviving are her half-brothers, Jeff Edwards of San Antonio, Texas and Michael Edwards of Wilmington, N.C. and their families; her aunt and uncle, Patsy and Joel Ledford of Glen Allen, Va.; her cousin, Bill McClure and his wife, Jeanine and their daughters, Ashley and Brittney; and many Humphris and Yancey relatives. Her loving Minka kitty of 18 years preceded her, and her furry family members, Brinkley, Ariel, and Reggie miss her very much. She enjoyed many cruises, visited Disney World and attended Camp Korey in Oregon. She leaves behind many special friends in the Gastroparesis community, Mitochondrial community and Starbright World. The family extends their special thanks to Dr. Archuletta and the staff of Noah's Children, Dr. Yanni and her staff at St. Mary's Palliative Care unit, the St. Mary's Pediatric and PICU units and Bon Secours Hospice (all in the Richmond area) for their loving care during her illness. We would also like to express our appreciation to the firefighters and medics at Henrico Station 12. She participated in many online communities and support groups where she helped and taught others about their disease(s) and possible treatments. Through the Internet, Hannah had constant contact with many other young people across several continents who also had this little-known disease. She had become quite knowledgeable about Mitochondrial Disease's many symptoms and ramifications and, in fact, had desired to pursue her education in research in this field. There will be a private service at a later date. The family is planning a Celebration of Life at Hannah's request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mitochondrial Foundation at www.umdf.org, Camp Korey at www.campkorey.org or the Starlight Foundation at www.starlight.org.
Alice Hale, died 4/21/2015 at the age of 29, in Washington.
Alice Hale passed away on April 21, 2015, shortly before her 30th birthday. Alice is survived by her mother Deborah, her father George, and her brother Morgan. Alice and her father were very close. He was devoted to Alice and very active in her life. Alice loved her family . They taught her to love herself because you can't love others unless you do. Alice suffered with many illnesses including JRA, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, sphincter oddi dysfunction, severe pancreatitis and gastroparesis. She had a pacemaker to help with the gastroparesis. Digestive diseases seemed the worst for Alice. She and her family started a support group for SOD in Spokane. Unfortunately, she was told not to come back to hospitals and ER's with her complaints. She and her family felt abandoned by the medical community. Amazingly, with all of her difficulties, Alice did get her AA in psychology! She only ever wanted to help others get through tough times. She was forthright, honest, and fought for justice at every turn. Alice's mother listed her qualities best: She gave. She contributed. She loved. She was the true definition of what a human being should be : a kind person who cares for everyone else. Alice will be sorely missed.
Julia Hayes, died 10/01/2015 at the age of 32, in Pennsylvania
Hallie Rose Brody, died 10/11/2015 at the age of 23, in Texas
Hallie Rose Brody passed away, Sunday, October 11, 2015, at home with her family, Jerry, Abby and Ben Brody, in Georgetown, Texas. She died from complications of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder with few treatments and no cure.
Hallie was born 23 years ago in Santa Rosa, California to Katie and Eric, two young people who had chosen Jerry and Abby Brody to be Hallie's parents.
Hallie was full of life, joy and happiness, right at the very beginning. The entrustment ceremony where Eric and Katie symbolically gave Hallie to the Brody family was full of love, light and joy. Hallie's years in California and then in Alfred, NY were incredibly happy ones. With an infectious smile, a brilliant, creative mind, and a kind and generous heart, young Hallie made friends instantly everywhere she went. She was the leader of the pack when it came to imaginative play in her big backyard—the 5 acre old growth forest behind her home. As a little girl, she'd also be the one comforting others who had fallen or who were ill.
Hallie moved with her family to Georgetown, TX in August, 2004. It was then that symptoms of her genetic disorder began to overshadow her life. She was able to finish Liberty Hill high school in 2009, and attended both Austin Community College and Baylor University for a few months. Sudden seizures that affected her memory forced her to leave college, and her health declined steadily after that.
Eventually home and wheelchair-bound, unable to eat or drink, and in never-ending pain, Hallie continued to give hope and support to thousands of people with chronic illnesses via her Facebook page, "Hope for Hallie Rose." Over 2000 people were part of her online community and followed her story daily. She spent time every night Skyping with people around the world who had similar chronic illnesses and needed encouragement, a smile, or a laugh. She would talk about helping the "little zebras," those newly diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, with gastroparesis, with POTs and dysautonomia, and teaching them everything she knew about the horrible disease that would claim her life.
Hallie Rose had a lot to complain about, but she almost never complained about her own condition. Her pain was excruciating, constant and would cause many other young people with EDS to take their lives. Hallie was incredibly brave to endure so much. She had many major surgeries, cross country trips to see specialists, trips to emergency rooms and trials of new medications that inevitably failed her. Even worse, there were many doctors who were not familiar with EDS, and would not believe she was really ill. However, there were many doctors, nurses, friends and strangers who came to Hallie's and the family's aid when they needed help, and the Brody family is deeply grateful to all of them.
Despite her terrible illness, Hallie brought so much joy and love to her family. She'd find a way to laugh and smile through almost every ordeal. She had an eye for fashion, and always looked spectacular, at home or in the hospital, wearing colorful scarves and hair bows and jewelry…even when the IV tubes, oxygen cannula, stomach tubes and urinary catheter got in the way. At home, she always wanted to be part of the action, and would volunteer to do whatever she could, even when exhausted and wheelchair-bound. She was the first to say "I'll go with you!" when an outing was afoot. Even if it was just errands, she wanted to be with her family, out in the world at every opportunity. She loved life with a passion and never lost hope for a cure.
Hallie and her Daddy were incredibly close. The love they shared was deep and enduring. They had their first Daddy-Daughter dates when Hallie was in elementary school, and they continued on her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas. Jerry and Hallie shopped together, went skiing together, went to campus events together, and spent many hours just talking together.
Another big hero in Hallie's life was Matthew Moses. Matt and Hallie met years ago in college, and became very close friends. Even as illness slowly destroyed her ability to function, Matt remained by her side. He became her caretaker night and day, usually staying up most of the night to make sure she had taken her medications and that she was safe in bed. He literally saved her life, and gave her a reason to live. Matt was Hallie's hero, and Hallie's family will forever be grateful to him.
Hallie would not want her family and friends to remember her by her illness, but by her joyous spirit, her insistence on keeping her hopes and dreams alive, her refusal to give in to despair, and her generosity in loving and inspiring others. She never wanted to let her body dictate who she was. She inspired her family and everyone she met to have hope, stay strong, and live life, whenever you can, as much as you can, and remember the joy that life can bring.
In lieu of flowers, Hallie's family requests memorial donations to the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, ednf.org.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home with a reception to follow.
Alyssa Landrith, died 11/6/2015 at the age of 18, in Pennsylvania
Alyssa Krystine Landrith became an angel on November 6, 2015. She passed in her Clarion home suddenly but peacefully with her mother and her dog, Ted, by her side. She was 18 years old.
Alyssa fought years of misdiagnoses for an eating disorder when in fact she had Gastroparesis and a rare digestive disorder called Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome. Both diseases caused chronic and unrelenting malnutrition which ultimately caused her body to shut down from starvation. Her stomach and intestines were paralyzed. She was a fighter, and through 7 feeding tubes and many treatments she always had a smile through the constant pain. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Alyssa is preceeded in death by her grandmother, Kristin Stroupe, of Clarion.
Alyssa is the daughter of Lori R. Landrith, of Clarion, and James M. Landrith, of Albuquerque, NM. She was born July 6, 1997 in Rio Rancho, NM. She had been a student of Clarion-Limestone Elementary and High school, and later PA Cyber school.
Aly loved her family, her friends, and her animals. She had aspirations to become a Child Advocacy Attorney in the medical arena, and was a brilliant student, artist, musician and young woman. Alyssa never gave up, but her little body simply did.
She is survived by her parents, grandparents, Don and Linda Corbett of Parker, PA and Karen Shatar and James Schlosser of Placitas, NM, and her great-grandfather, Clyde Corbett of Clarion, PA. She also had aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends across the country who are mourning her life lost too soon.
Alyssa has been cremated, and private service will be held at a later date. The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home has taken care of arrangements. In leiu of flowers, donations will be accepted to help with the funeral home expenses, and medical bills that have been mounting. They can be arranged through the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home or via www.gofundme.com under Alyssa Landrith's name.
Please take the time to think of Aly often, and know that the energy that drove her is now part of all of us. Her blue eyes looking down at us, now no longer in pain. Now no longer suffering.
Gerome DelShawn Meminger-Jennings, died December 14, 2015 at the age of 25, in New York
Gerome DelShawn Meminger Jennings, lovingly known as, Romey entered into eternal rest on Monday, December 14th, 2015. Gerome was born on Monday, September 3rd, 1990 to Gerome Meminger Jr. and Demeka Patriece Jennings. Romey’s first church affiliation was United Fellowship Baptist Church in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Romey’s most recent church affiliations were Epiphany of Brooklyn, New York and Jesus is Lord Fellowship, Toms River, New Jersey.
Romey was educated through the Neptune, New Jersey school system. Through the years, he worked for agencies who served the Developmental Disabled population. Romey was a remarkably talented and exceptionally brilliant young man with a loving spirit, he was beautiful in all ways. Romey’s talents were reflected in his love of music and unique style of fashion.
Romey’s passion for music was evident in the many hours that he spent in the studio making his music come to life.
Romey had an intense love for his family and cherished the time that he spent with them. Romey was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Meminger.
Romey is survived by his father, Gerome Meminger Jr. (Brandy), Clinton, Maryland, mother, Demeka Patriece Davis-Jennings, Toms River, New Jersey, and step-father MacArhtur Davis, Asbury Park, New Jersey. His grandparents, maternal, Rev. Stanley and LaBabara Watts, Manchester, NJ, Devoyd Jennings (Gwen), Fort Worth, TX, Gerome Meminger Sr. (Linda) Virginia Beach, VA. He is also survived by great grandmothers, Margaret Phillips, New York, NY, Margaret Jennings, Fort Worth, TX, and Louise Marsh, Fayetteville, NC. Romey has two brothers, Kyzier Davis, Brandon Meminger, and four sisters, Isis and Zion Davis, Riley and Brooklyn Meminger. He has four uncles, Colonel Charles DelShawn Jennings USMC (Michelle), Stanley Christopher Watts (Tara), Pastor Brandon Watts (TyNisha), Hollis Meminger; and Aunt Adriana Hunt. His great uncles are Randall Phillips (Antionette), and Dwayne Phillips. Romey is also survived by a host of cousins Jasmine Jennings, Christopher Bryce Watts, Jordan Jennings, Jaden Watts, Jeremy Watts, Gianna Watts, Cameron Watts, Mayah Watts, Marqui Hunt, Jordan Hunt, Noah Hunt, Satya Meminger, Laini Meminger, Kyeilla Entzminger, Theo Phillips, Randy Phillips, Nakya Entzminger, Jada Phillips, and Arthur Anderson. Romey has many lifelong friends whom he considered to be his brothers and sisters.
Visiting will be Sunday 3:00pm until 4:00pm at Jesus Is Lord Fellowship Church, 2236 Massachusetts Avenue, Toms River,, NJ. Funeral services will begin 4:00pm. Cremation will be private.
Marlie Dulaurier MD, died 12/26/2015 at the age of 35, in Florida. Marlie served as G-PACT's volunteer Pediatric Director.
Dr. Marlie Eddia Dulaurier was born November 22, 1980, in Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to proud parents Eddy Dulaurier and Marie Simone Nemorin. She was raised in Miami and graduated from MAST Academy in 1998. While at MAST, Dr. Marlie's spark-plug personality led her to participate in numerous extracurricular activities; she quickly became recognized as a go-getter and leader through her volunteer experiences.
Her giving spirit and tender heart led her to a career in medicine. Dr. Marlie graduated from Florida International University Honors College in 2001 and matriculated to medical school at Howard University, where she graduated in the top of her class in 2005. In 2008, she completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and was later a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Even while hospitalized, Dr. Marlie pursued her Master of Public Health.
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. Marlie was known to her family, friends, colleagues, residents, nurses and patients as a compassionate, caring and wise physician.
Dr. Marlie's caring and compassion extended to all walks of her life. She was a longtime and faithful supporter of Pure Reality and mentored many young ladies, encouraging them to lead lives pleasing to God. Dr. Marlie also donated to and helped fund numerous scholarships to assist young people to attend Pure Reality retreats. Even during her illness, she would attend the annual retreats in her wheelchair. No problem was too big or too small for her to lend an ear or mentor a teenager navigating her way through adulthood.
Dr. Marlie gave so much of herself that in 2011 and 2012, she volunteered for the Healing Arts Mission in Haiti, a country which is still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake.
In 2014, Dr. Marlie was presented the Malaika Mentor of the Year award by Franklin County Children Services for her mentor and volunteer services. As a young minority physician, Dr. Marlie made it her mission to assist aspiring health professionals to achieve their goals. She was always available to be a listening ear, to provide words of encouragement and wisdom, and to pray with and for her mentees. Her influence led others to enter the healthcare field, and to do so with a heart dedicated to service and consecrated to God.
Her numerous accolades and accomplishments paled in comparison to the wonderful person Dr. Marlie was. She had a passion for life; born into a Seventh-day Adventist home she was baptized July 22, 1994. Her faith was undeniable and her grace was a beacon to all who knew her. During the course of her life and illness, Dr. Marlie never stopped caring for her family and for the wellbeing of others.
Throughout her life, Dr. Marlie was a light to those around her. She had a passion for people and family that was unparalleled. Dr. Marlie loved to cook and try new things. Many of us will remember her for her love of food and discovering new dishes to share with family and friends. She introduced many to the vegan dishes which were exquisite to taste. She could often be found planning celebrations, cooking, and barbequing for friends and family. Dr. Marlie also loved to travel and experience different cultures, she would immerse herself in learning the history, customs and anything pertinent to understanding the people within her travels. Her adventurous spirit allowed her to live a full life wherever she was.
After contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome in Ohio, Dr. Marlie underwent a plethora of tests and treatments in hopes of receiving a multivisceral transplant. On June 6, 2015, Dr. Marlie had the courage to undergo this incredible procedure. She fought passionately to recover from the surgery, but later passed from complications on December 26, 2015. Dr. Marlie may have lost the battle, but we are confident she won the war. On resurrection morning, those of us who are faithful will see her whole, happy, running, jumping and laughing with the infectious smile that only she could bring.
Dr. Marlie leaves to mourn Mother Marie Simone Nemorin, Father Eddy Dulaurier (deceased), Step Father Dany Nemorin, Sister Waleska Augustin, Brother Nardino Dargenson, Brother-in-law Jocelyn Augustin Jr., Nephew and Niece Isaiah and Victoria Augustin, Grand-mother Miralda Bruno, Step-brother Robenson Dargenson and family, Uncle Wilner Theagene and wife Marie Ghislaine, Gravy, Aunts Isabelle Julmisse, Angelique Marc and husband Barnabe Marc, Solange and Violette Alexandre and family, Andree Vernet(deceased), Lumene Alexandre (deceased) Cousins Eldridge and Andrea Julmisse and family, Glenice Julmisse, Marcie Julmisse, Ricarda Julmisse, Baudlaire Theagene and family, Emerson Theagene and family, Lunbentz Theagene and family, Sophia Theagene and family, Ruth and Pierre Auguste and family, Othniel Baudouin and family, Edouard Baudouin Jr, Joel Baudouin (deceased), Rachelle and Cassandre Baudouin, Berlande Gibson and family, Ben Marc and family, Jethro Alexandre and family, Rodes Pierre Noel and family, Roberta and Monfort family, the Bruno family, the Dargenson family, along with a host of other family members, friends, colleagues and the lives she touched as a physician, mentor, church member and friend.
Dr. Marlie left a legacy of love that will be completed when we all see Jesus. What a day of rejoicing that will be.