Erika N. Mitchell, 26, of Hendersonville, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009 at her home.
She is survived by her mother, Gabriele of Hendersonville; and her father Wayne Mitchell and sister Kristina Mitchell, both of Powhatan, VA. In addition, she is survived by maternal grandparents, August and Margarete Hansen, of Elyria, Ohio and several aunts, uncles and cousins and her special friend Frank Ellis.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Geoffrey Jones and the staff of Mission Children’s Clinic, Apple Country Transportation and Four Seasons Hospice for all their care and support.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2009, in the chapel at Forest Lawn Mortuary, with the Reverend Stuart McCall officiating. Memorials may be made to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, 4600 Devitt Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45246. Guests may sign a register book at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Mortuary is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Se tu conoscessi il mistero immenso del cielo dove vivo, se tu potessi vedere e sentire quello che io vedo e sento in questi orizzonti senza fine ed in questa luce che tutto investe e penetra, tu non piangeresti, se mi ami!
L’incanto di Dio e delle sue espressioni di sconfinata bellezza sono ormai parte del mio essere. Le cose di un tempo, al confronto, sono immensamente piccole e quasi senza colore.
Mi Ë rimasto un intenso affetto per te, una tenerezza che non ho mai conosciuto. Sono felice di averti incontrato ed amato nel tempo, ma tutto era allora cosÏ fugace e limitato! Ora vivo nella serena e gioiosa attesa del tuo arrivo tra noi, tu pensami cosÏ!
Nelle tue difficolt? richiama alla mente questa meravigliosa casa dove non esiste pi? la morte e dove insieme ci disseteremo, nel trasporto pi? intenso e pi? puro, alla fonte inestinguibile della gioia e dell’amore!
Non piangere quindi, se veramente mi ami!
Although I did not know Erica, I am a good friend of her Dad, Wayne. Knowing Wayne as a loving, compassionate and giving man, I am confident Erica received these qualities from him. Friends in adversity, knowing great suffering, Dad and Daughter are kindred spirits in life and in her death. My prayers and throughts are with you all as you celebrate her life and grieve your loss.
Our family is sending our deepest sympathies to Wayne, Kristina, Gabe and all who knew and loved Erika. She was a special light in this world and she will be sadly missed by many.
However, I truly believe that she is now able to do anything and everything she may have wanted to do, that her fragile frame wouldn’t allow her to do in this life. She is free now, and her abilities are limitless. God bless you and keep you Erika. You deserve every reward God has to give to you.
All our love and thoughts are with the family now.
Love, Donna, Kris, Tyler and Rick
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. All of our love as well.
To the family
I was very sorry to read Erika N. Mitchell passed away, I have not met the family personally but it’s my hope that you gain the needed strength to endure, because when we lose someone we love the loss seems too great to bear. However remembering Jesus gave his own perfect life as the basis for removing from mankind the curse of imperfection, sickness and death is a comforting thought. Also the bible says, Soon God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed awayÖRevelation 21:4
I hope it will give the family comfort too. My deepest sympathy to the family.
I am to assume that Erika had Rett Syndrome. Your Angel has earned her wings and will forever be in our King’s presence. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Guardian of my own Angel – Taylor 9 years RTT
Dear Wayne, Gabriele and Kristina. I wish I could find the words to ease your pain.
Losing a child and sibling is one of the saddest life challenges and words that can give you true comfort are difficult to find.
Know that I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers.
Dearest Gabriele and Wayne,
As a bereaved parent myself, I would like to express my deepest sympathy, and know that I will keep you both in my prayers. The memories you have of Erika will keep her living forever in your heart. It’s these memories that will bring a smile to your face. God will walk with you every step of the way as you begin this grief journey. If you need to call and talk to someone, please feel free to call me anytime at 890-8227.
May God Bless you in all that you will do to honor Erika.
Marisol-always Jose’s mom
The Compassionate Friends for Bereaved Parents
God bless Erika and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
All my prayers are with Erika and her family. I always enjoyed seeing Erika and she will be missed by all. All my blessings to the family at this time.