Monday, July 27, 2009

It is with deep sadness that we have to say that Elena passed away at 6:30 this afternoon. Elena was the brightest light in our family and we will miss her terribly.

We have appreciated all of the calls, thoughts and prayers during this time. But we ask for no calls for now. Arrangements are pending but we will post as we determine how to best honor and remember our little girl.

45 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time.

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  2. Elena will be deeply missed by all she knew.

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  3. Melissa, this breaks my heart and I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

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  4. Sorry for your terrible lost. We know Elena for a few days however she always be in our hearts as a happy and sweet girl as she was.

    Victor and Taide

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  5. Sending love and prayers for the whole family. We are deeply saddened by Elena's passing.
    Kathy and Brian Johnston
    Cedar Crest, NM

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  6. We are so sorry that Elena has passed on. It is a terrible, sad loss for all who love her. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you Ron, Melissa, Laura and with all her family.

    Marily and Lee Leymon

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  7. I am so sorry Melissa...no family should have to go through what yours is going through. My sympathies to you at this difficult time.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of Elena's passing. My heart and my prayers are with you all.

    Kris (Moore) Rivera

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  9. Go with God, Elena.

    My prayers are with your family!

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  10. So sorry to hear the news. You are all in our hearts and all of our prayers.

    Jason Fry

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  11. Your sister was such a sweet person and I deeply saddened to hear of her passing. She will be missed very much. Please extend my simpathy to your entire family.

    Mayda Claude

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  12. I was so sad to hear the news of Elenas passing. She has been to our home many times during her school years. My heart aches for her family. out thoughts and prayers are with the family, and friends. the Harritys

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  13. We are so sorry for your loss. We will always love and remember Elena like the angel she always was.
    Andrea & Matt

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  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your daughter is such a special person and soul.

    I wish you comfort during this time.

    Much love and warmth,
    Jen

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  15. Throughout the last month, my heart broke along with yours...And I only met her once. Friends of mine who never knew her were involved in praying and hoping for her recovery. Mike is like a brother to me, and although I'm in NJ, I have been following everything through him, and through this blog. I've been praying my butt off for the last month. Last night was a sleepless night for me..I'm still in shock. I prayed and sent her many blessings on her journey to Heaven. In a way, she brought alot of people (who wouldn't normally do so..) closer to God. She was already an angel of light before she even left this world. My heart and prayers are with her, and with my brother, and with your family.

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  16. Ron our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. We are truly sorry for your loss.
    Carl&Barbara

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  17. Thais Wilhite-O'LearyJuly 28, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness that we feel about Elena's passing. We are here to support your family in this grieving process.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Wilhite Family

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  18. Dear Elena (or Leyla as Mike called you):
    I only met you briefly at show I played with Mike. You cast a huge impression on me and I even went home and told my wife what a beautiful couple you and Mike were. You even had people who never even met you praying for you to stay with us, but God wanted you more.

    Please save a place for us in heaven. Your soul and spirit are a huge inspiration and we all will cherish our memories of you.

    Much love to your family,friends, and loved ones who adored you.

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  19. My heart truly aches for your family and all of Elena's friends. Her journey to heaven was followed by so many who never knew her personally - like me. I hope you are able to find comfort in the legacy of love she leaves behind and the knowledge that she touched so many lives.

    Sheila Kittle

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  20. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

    ~ Adrienne

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  21. your smile, your energy, & your spirit will be with us forever... you will be missed...we love you!

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  22. I am a friend of Laura's from California and I have never met Elena. I learned of her plight from Laura and have checked this blog every night while I put my baby to bed. The story has touched me deeply, and I feel as though I lost a friend. I am so sorry to hear that Elena lost her battle. Your family is in my thoughts. My deepest sympathies to you all.
    Sara Dietler

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  23. Lily and Mike DominguezJuly 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family !!!

    The Dominguez's family
    (Lily and Mike )
    Edible Creations

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  24. Words cannot express the sadness in my heart and my deepest sympathy for the Walters, Romeus, and friends. I find comfort knowing she's in a beautful place. I am so happy to have known her in this world and look forward to seeing her again in the next.

    - RoJo

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  25. God be with this family in this time. My heart is with you all...

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  26. We are so sorry for your loss, Elena was such a beautiful person and great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and Mike. It was a pleasure to have known her.

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  27. I did not know Elena or anyone else in the family but I learned of her fight online. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. No words will make the pain go away but just know that a stranger has been touched by the love in your family and I will say a prayer for Elena.

    Audra
    Kansas

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  28. God Bless you Elena! May you rest in peace now. My prayers are with your family in this difficult time. Your beautiful soul will live on in our hearts forever.

    ~Georgette~

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  29. Ron, Mary and Melissa,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your hour of pain and suffering. I never had the priveledge of knowing Elena but knowing you as I do she had to be the most wonderful of people because she comes from them kindest most generous person I have ever had the honor to know.
    Sheila & Bernie

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  30. Most of you know who i am and there will be alot of you who dont. My name is Mike Priest, Elena was my first love and has had my heart ever since, all of you that know me now the history that she and i have had. It is extremley hard for me to put into words the feelings i have about this young, strong, smart, incredible and beautiful woman that Elena turned out to be. Even knowing your in a better place i cant stop the tears that falling. My heart is in a great deal of pain knowing that your gone. I LOVE YOU ELENA WALTERS AND WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU IN MY HEART AND THOUGHTS, I KNOW WE WILL MEET AGAIN.

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  31. OMG! I'm so upset and torn appart by this! The world will be a little more dull without her in it! I have had some truely amazing memories with her as I'm sure all that knew her do as well. I can only offer my prayers for your family in these impossible times and say that she will live forever in my heart! Goodbye my beautiful "E" and I will keep you always!!!

    God Bless,

    Matt (Chivy) Ciavarella

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  32. Bonita ( pretty ), as we all call you in our family, for being so beautiful, and sweet and such a loving person. Your presence in our house really was a gift from God, and if he reads this note to you , I want you to know that we all love you very much and you will always be in our hearts. Thank you for loving my nephew and making him so happy. He loves you so very much. Rest in peace Elena.
    Erasmo….Mike’s Uncle

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  33. Bonita ( pretty ), as we all call you in our family, for being so beautiful, and sweet and such a loving person. Your presence in our house really was a gift from God, and if he reads this note to you , I want you to know that we all love you very much and you will always be in our hearts. Thank you for loving my nephew and making him so happy. He loves you so very much. Rest in peace Elena.
    Erasmo….Mike’s Uncle

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  34. I have vivid memories of Elena in training with me in the Mega insurance agency. We were the newbies and I really liked her.
    My prayers are with her family during these hard times.

    Much love,

    Rosana

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  35. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. She was one hell of a person and I am honored to have met her.

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  36. Elena will be missed very much. I will remember her smile and the way she made everyone laugh! I have so many great memories with her and I am thankful she touched my life.

    I send my condolences to all her family and friends. I am so sorry to hear of all of the struggles.

    Kristin

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  37. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I only met Elena once, but she was the kind of person you never forget. I will keep her and all of her family and friends in my prayers.

    Allison

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  38. I think that Heaven has recived a beautiful, smiling angel.

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  39. I only met Elena a few times, through a mutual friend Andrea. She was such a vibrant and outgoing individual. Definitely one I would remember forever. She just had a way about her that made you smile. I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I am a firm believer in the fact that god had a place for her in heaven and she is now up there smiling down on us and helping those in need. God does not take one of his children without having a place for them in heaven. Although we may not feel like Elena fulfilled her place here on earth, God believe she did. Words cannot express my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. I will thank God for giving me the priviledge of meeting Elena, only if it was only for a few brief moments. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. My deepest sympathy, God bless.

    Lauren Owens

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  40. I never met Elena. I am a friend of many of her friends... I have followed her story, and I am so very sorry for your loss. Words like that don't carry the weight that is meant through them. I know thatshe was an immensely beautiful person, inside and out, and I wish that I had known her...

    Carrie

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  41. I can't believe what I am reading. god bless your family and friends! ELENA ELIZABETH WALTERS I LOVE YOU ALWAYS...I know i will see your face one day....til then..

    love always James Evans

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  42. Elena, my family, my amazing friend, and my heart. You have no idea how this loss will truley effect our family. This is the GREATEST loss we have ever had as a family and we will never be the same. You brought a light to us that will never be replaced. When I think that I will never get to hear your voice or your raspy yet angelic laugh I break down. I remember that the last thing we said to each other was that we would have a girls weekend with Caitlin, you, and I and my heart cries when I think about how I won't have that chance. You were an amazing and unforgettable woman who touched every life you connected with. This is truley a horrible loss for everyone and I promise that your life and your, live life to the fullest, spirit will NEVER be forgotten. I can't imagine our family gatherings without you there. When I think about you and remember who you were I think about you painting Momma Dot's finger nails the night of Daddy George's funneral. You did that just to keep her occupied and to spend time with her so she wouldn't remember how sad she was. I remember the night in North Carolina when we stayed up late drinking wine and just spilling our hearts out to each other. I remember Melissa's wedding when you danced with the waiters, because thats just who you were. You pulled everyone into your light and you made everyone feel like you were their best friend in the whole world. What will I do without you my sweet Baby Elena? I really don't know. To my wonderful, strong, and amazing family...Uncle Ron, Melissa, and Laura you are constantly in my heart and on my mind. I have prayed and thought of you almost every waking moment. There aren't words to express to you how much I love and cherish each and everyone of you and I know that you guys will find the light at the end of this tunnel, no matter how long the tunnel might seem. Please know that I love you!

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  43. Ron,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My family's and company's prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. May God be with you... JRJ

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  44. As I open my Pines Middle School Yearbook and look at Elena's picture it breaks my heart. She wrote above her picture "Don't ever forget me!" We never will! I remember riding my bike to Tiffany Cocchi's house and hanging out with you all! You will be missed! I will keep you, your family, and friends in my prayers...with deepest sympathy

    Matt Cochell

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  45. Ron,

    I am so sorry that you and your family experienced such a loss. From reading your posts and the comments, I know a lot of people cared a great deal about Elena. She must of been an incredible person. My thoughts are with you.

    Best regards,

    Pat Devereaux

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