Thursday, January 8, 2009

Angel Jersey's Obituary

Jersey's obituary is in the Arizona Republic today. Here is the link.


Jersey Anderson


Anderson, Jersey was born November 25, 2008 with dark monkey hair and a perfect nose. She earned her angel wings on January 5, 2009. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder and respiratory issues. She was a miracle and a blessing, as all babies are, and left prints on many people's hearts. Jersey was such a fighter...a precious girl....a brave girl. She was an angel among us, sent to teach us about life. She is free from her broken body and now twirls on her perfect tootsies. We love her and will miss her dearly. Her daddy and mommy are Chris and Heidi Anderson and her big sister and big brother are Tatum and Tucker. In lieu of flowers the Anderson Family requests donations. Funeral services will be held in Mesa, AZ on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 10 am at the Mesa Central Stake Center, 925 N. Harris Dr. Internment will follow at the Mesa Cemetery. Arrangements by Bunker's Garden Chapel, 480-964-8686.

22 comments:

Vonda said...

The Obituary was so beautifully written, as was your last post of your experience. Thanks for being willing to share this with all of us and help us remember how thin the veil is and how loved we are by Heavenly Father.

julie williams said...

I'm grateful I got to see you and Chris today before the services tomorrow. As I told you earlier, we have been praying for you and will continue to do so. We love you and are here if we can help in any way.
Julie

Shanen said...

You guys are amazing...you know that right? I hope you do. You were hand picked for this experience from a Heavenly Father who knows you, and knows you well enough to know what you need. Both you wrote amazing remarks for all of us to read, and your strength in amazing. Jersey's picture with the obituary is so cute, and it was so well written. You will be so glad you have recorded all that you have. We love you.

Evie's Story said...

Precious heart friends...
I am weeping as I catch up (have been out of the blogging world with Evie's hospital stuff the last couple days) and read about your precious, precious angel girl. How I hurt for you both! Reading both your recollections of her last few moments was so tremendously intimate and special. How blessed she is to have such devoted parents.

I can only imagine what a blur life must be right now. My prayer for you as the days pass is that each one will hold the promise of bringing you closer to your Jersey girl What a sweet reunion it will be. Come, sweet Jesus, come!

May you find great strength to face the coming days and heartache. So glad your faith in our Heavenly Father will be a source of comfort. May His arms reach where ours cannot to the deepest aches of your broken hearts.

God speed the day when he wipes away the tears in every eye and binds the brokenhearted.

Heart hugs,
Mandy

The Williams Family said...

That was a beautiful tribute to Jersey. She has touched so many lives along with you and Chris. You are an amazing mom and thank you for sharing this journey. I can just imagine her joy and her twirling in heaven. I can't imagine your sorrow but, I know you were picked b/c you and Chris are so amazing. Jersey is blessed to have such wonderful eternal parents.

The G Fam said...

I am so sorry. I wish that no one had to experience the loss of child. Jersey has been in our prayers, as has your family. What a beautiful obituary, truly a touching tribute to such an amazing little girl. She has fought the valiant fight, and has earned her utter perfection. I wish we could do something more, but please know our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Heart hugs,
Emily

Amanda B. said...

Heidi,

I hope it's ok with you that I read this. I just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are wonderful people and I appreciate your great examples. It's never easy to lose someone close to you, but it's true how thin the veil becomes during such difficult times.

Love, Amanda (Lloyd) Bradshaw

sara said...

Your posts have been nothing short of beautiful and amazing. You have shown so much strength and courage. We will continue to pray for your family and if I an help with Jake's favorite T's know that I am only a phone call away.

WishTrish said...

Heidi and Chris~

Had to leave the dinner before I got a chance to speak to you, but Shane and I wanted you to know that the pink tie is officially Chris' new Jersey tie. Please keep it.

Love you!

Alvin & Jessica Pease said...

Heidi,
thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. im getting very nervous as the time comes to have him... i have soo enjoyed reading your blog & you have given me such great insight on everything. im sure ill need someone to talk to who has already gone thru everything so it means alot to me that you are willing to be there for me. you are so amazing!
-Jessie

Maren said...

That is the sweetest obituary I have ever read! (and you know that I read them daily) Cute cute picture too.

Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day. It was absolutely perfect in every way! Start to finish. Chris did an amazing job on his talk and held it together nicely. The flowers, decorations, programs...everything was perfect. Jersey definitely is a princess!

We love you guys so much. We will continue to pray for you in the days, weeks and months to come. We are here for you always.

Cyndi said...

Thanks so much for sharing those touching words. I can only imagine the sweet spirit that you felt when you were holding her. You & your family or so amazing & I'm sure that you have all grown so close throughout this experience. I'm sure that Jersey girl is Twirling on those beautiful tootsies:) Love ya!

Jess said...

You are an amazing family!! You continue to be in our prayers.

Chelsea said...

that is the cutest and sweetest obituary ever. chris gave such an awesome talk today, he had us all sobbing one minute and laughing the next. The spirit was so strong, and everything looked perfect. Thanks for letting us come.

Nicole said...

Chris and Heidi,
The service today was beautiful. Jersey looked so pretty and I absolutely loved all the pink. Tatum and Tucker kept saying the cutest things that made me cry everytime. Thank you for letting me be there to pay tribute to her. Chris, I cannot tell you how perfect your speech was in every way. Thank you for being so brave to share it with us all. Heidi, I could have hugged you all day. I miss you both already and I miss Jersey Girl like crazy. I was so happy I got to stroke her monkey hair one last time. Remember, I am just a phone call away if you ever need to talk.
Nicole

Aleisha said...

Chris,
It was perfect. Your talk was perfect. The pink tie was perfect. Seeing your family in the hallway as you were following the perfect little baby girl into the chapel truly touched me. Again, I admire your strength and I personally have learned so much as a parent by following you in this experience. Thank you for teaching me the things I have come to realize in the last 6 weeks. Its amazing how one persons trials can touch and teach so many others.

Greg and Heidi said...

Hello Heidi-
My name is Heidi Skidmore. Chris knows my husband Greg. They were roomies for a while. I am sorry to hear about your loss. I have gotten to know Molly Wright since I am due with an HLHS baby in February. Molly says she treasures the friendship you had and that the funeral was beautiful. You are troopers and your faith is remarkable. Best wishes with the future.

lundgrenville said...

Heidi-

Just want you to know that we have been thinking a lot about you today. We had a special fast and prayer today as a family in your behalf. It was humbling to feel the spirit so strongly as we knelt in prayer as a family for Jersey & your family. I know that Jersey is performing miracles & that she is with our Heavenly Father. Know that the Lord will carry you through...
Your in our thoughts and prayers!!
Hugs-

Emily Budge said...

Our love and prayers are with you and your little family.

Nichols Family said...

Beautiful obituary and beautiful service on Friday. Yes, perfect it was! You all looked like angels and the spirit was so amazing of course.

Greg and Heidi said...

Heidi-
That is funny, my middle name is Anne too. I am delivering at St. Joes. And my perinatologist is Dr. Susan Ponkey. I have been seem by them since I was 19 weeks. When Dr. Huish gave me the news about my baby's heart he said he was having a hard week because he had to give devistating heart news to another patient of his that week also named Heidi. (I am thinking it was you.) No pressure, but if you have any tips my email is skidaz@hotmail.com
Heidi Skidmore

The Millirons said...

Last post - I promise !

I noticed on Jersey's Obituary that she passed away on january 5th. That is the day Elizabeth passed away. We didn't find out until the 7th, through an ultrasound, but I had the confirmation that she was gone on the 5th ( a private experience I would love to share with you sometime )