Chris Ann 3/4/2013

As the sun rose over her beloved Mackinac Bridge this morning, Chris Ann slipped away from us here on earth and sailed away to God’s celestial shore.  What a joyous celebration is going on, right this moment, as her smile makes Heaven an even more beautiful place. 







Until we meet again, Sunshine . . . . . . .


59 thoughts on “Chris Ann 3/4/2013

  1. Around the time my father died, my sister-in-law gave birth to her first son. My mom remarked in the vein of the circle of life… goes on…another is born. Bree, my energies of love and light go out to you as your relationship to this BFF takes on “new life.”

  2. Thank you for allowing me to share in your special time with ChrisAnn. Her spirit has reached to many of us and will continue to do so each and every day. Blessings and love to the family.

  3. Bree, my sincere condolences to you and all Chris Ann’s family and friends. Sadness is left in this world at the loss of such a wonderful person, but there is joy in Heaven as she is welcomed there and that is a comforting thought. I did not have the pleasure of knowing her except through the generous sharing of your friendship — I know the world has lost a beautiful and beloved lady.

  4. Peace and prayers to ChrisAnn’s family, to you, and to all of her friends. Thank you for sharing her final journey with us. Like others, I didn’t know her personally but her story touched me. Thank you for writing such beatiful words.

  5. I only knew Chris Ann from your blog as well. My heart is heavy for you and her family today. Thank you for sharing her with us . Special lady.. God bless.

  6. A poem I have had for years. I don’t know the author.

    Life is Eternal

    I am standing upon the shore at Mackinac
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
    And starts for the blue waters of the Straits
    She is an object of beauty and strength
    And I stand and watch her until at length she hangs
    Like a speck of white cloud
    Just where the Straits and sky come down to mingle with each other
    Then someone at my side says “There! She’s gone.”
    Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.
    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she
    Was when she left my side,
    And just as able to bear her load of living freight
    To the place of destination.
    Her diminished size is in me, not in her;
    And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
    “There! She’s gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming,
    And other voicies ready to take up the glad shout,
    “There she comes!”

  7. Although I never met her in person, I feel like I knew Chris Ann. I am blessed just to know that such an angel was here an earth and is now watching over us in Heaven. I wish peace to Chris Ann and all of her family and friends.

  8. Very sad! My sincere condolences! She seemed like such a wonderful person! I have lost several close friends to cancer the last few years. Makes you wonder why such a terrible thing has to happen to people.

  9. Peace be with Chris Ann and her entire family. What a courageous battle she fought. Love and Prayers to all.

  10. Brenda, my heart goes out to you, all of her family, friends, and extended acquaintances. Your blog and updates really made us all feel like we were a part of her life during her last few months. Chris Ann touched us all in her own special way.

  11. As others have said I didn’t know Chris Ann, only through you, Brenda but I know all of you will miss her. She seemed to be always smiling. Now she is getting to know my sister, I know they will have a great time in worship of the Lord. My prayers go out to her family & all who knew her, God Bless all of you.

  12. Hallelujah! One more saint has gone to heaven. Looking forward to when we’ll all meet again at the blessed feet of Christ. Thank you Brenda for introducing us to a lovely lady whose face really shone with the light of Christ.

  13. Bree, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Chris Ann. I didn’t know her except for your generousity in sharing her life and legacy. What a wonderful woman she was and how blessed you must be to be able to call her your friend. Please try and take comfort in knowing that she is at peace finally and resting in Gods arms. Prayers to you and the rest of her family and friends at this time.

  14. How unselfish of Chris Ann’s friends and family to have shared this time with all of us – we who did not know her, we who don’t even know you in person; yet we have all come together as a large “cyber family” to pray, to celebrate and to mourn. I’m sure they feel the strength of all those prayers and thoughts. I bet Chris Ann is already busy up in the heavens, visiting friends and family and filling celestial bird feeders! Thanks Bree. Special thoughts to you on the loss of a dear friend.

  15. So very sorry, “Bree”. I only wish I had known her as you did. Her goodness and beauty shines through in your photos and stories about her. My deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and her many friends.

  16. She truly celebrated her life and, near the end, celebrated it even more so. I know you’ll miss Chris Ann and I grieve for you and her family. But I’m grateful and comforted knowing that she’s celebrating her life free of pain once again.

    Give it time, luv; it’s the healer of all wounds.

  17. It was great to get to know Chris Ann through you……so thank you for that. We will now pray for her family to have strength to move on. I found myself thinking alot about Chris Ann over the weekend especially as we headed up toward Traverse City and my thoughts of knowing her journey was coming to an end.

  18. Here I am in tears for you as well as Chris Ann’s family. I pray for you all during this time. I love the way you envision her rejoicing! Bree, you have a true gift with words. We have all come to love this dear lady merely by reading your sweet words. Thanks for sharing her joy as well as yours with us all.

  19. It sounds like Chris Ann had a wonderful, full life, and I’m sure she will do the same in Heaven. Bree, thank you for your updates and this post was a wonderful remembrance of her life. Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time.

  20. Praying for Chris Anns family during this difficult time. I am so happy I got to “know her” through your blog. Such a lovely lady. Thankyou Bree for all the updates on Chris Ann. May she rest in peace…….

  21. I am so very sorry, Brenda. She obviously was a very special person who meant a lot to you. I thank God for your faith and pray that He will heal you of the hurt you must be experiencing. Thank you for bringing her sunshne into our lives.

  22. My apologies…my thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. I feel humbled to have known her through your words. God bless!

  23. Brenda, back in December, Chris Ann told me that God brings everyone into our lives for a reason and that she felt our connection from the beginning. I will miss Chris Ann but she told me that she would be waiting so we have something very special to look forward too..RIP Chris Ann…love always..

  24. Thank you for your very kind words, Brenda. My heart is heavy for myself and our family. But I can only imagine how happy my Momma is at this very moment! You were a true friend. I’m sorry for your loss as well.

  25. I am so sorry to learn of Chris Ann’s passing just now. You have all done us a great service by bringing her to us..sharing her life and loves with us. I think I learned a lot just by reading about her thru your blog and by reading her Facebook page. She certainly is an inspiration to emulate. God Bless you all.

  26. I only knew Chris Ann thru your blog. A classy lady who faced all of this with dignity and grace. A special lady indeed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, her family and friends. May God bless and comfort you.

  27. Such beautiful thoughts everyone. My sympathies to her family & friends. You are all in my prayers. The first thought that came to mind is thank you Lord relief for Chris Ann, next, a special and beautiful Angel is watching and smiling down on us.

  28. I just want to send out my condolences and prayers to Chris Ann’s family. I also got to know her through your blog, Brenda and I Thank You so much for the opportunity in “getting to know her” through this blog. She was a wonderful person.

  29. Many prayers to her family and to you; as all of you that knew her celebrate her life. I never knew or met her and only know of her from reading the blog. A remarkable person and friend she must have been to all she knew and came in contact with. I write this as I’m sitting here in my office in Afghanistan day dreaming of my summer vacation and taking my wife back to Mission Point where we were married. We try to go there every year in June. I recall in your writings of Chris Ann her love of people and nature. Today in Afghanistan its quiet. The weather is pleasant with an unfamiliar sound……birds chirping! Unheard of to extremely uncommon over here and I’ve been posted in Afghanistan since 2006! A very interesting sound as I read this post and write my comment. May you all be blessed and your lives enriched by her memories. Safe journey onward Chris Ann…….I will miss reading about you, but your memory will live on with all who knew you, and all that you influenced.

      • Agreed! We would enjoy that! We are trying to come this summer, but we’ll see. Even if only for a day or two…..south TX summer weather is just hot. Folks at home just don’t understand we are wearing sweatshirts and shorts at evening/night time on the island even in June!

  30. I only knew Mrs. Nelson through your blog and Facebook. I am sorry to hear of her passing. Jesus gained an angel today. May she look over her beloved Mackinac Bridge and family forever.

  31. I only knew Chris Ann through your blog Bree and when I saw the new post in my mailbox which read Post: Chris Ann, I knew she had left us. God Bless her and her family.

  32. I only knew of her through your blog, but I can see she was a really special lady. May God Bless her & her lovely family. RIP Chris Ann.

  33. God has a wonderful angel he has added to his flock. May God be with Chris Ann’s family as they adjust to their loss. Brenda, I am sorry for your heartache also. You were such a good friend to Chris Ann.

  34. You were such a caring friend…….she was a lucky lady to be blessed with so many wonderful people by her side…..”In my Father’s House are many mansions”I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto myself”. Be assured Chris Ann is resting peacefully!!!!!!

  35. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris Ann’s family. Cathie and I are sorry for your loss. The last thing we did every year before starting our trip home the last few years, was to stop and see Chris Ann at work and tell her good bye.

  36. I am sorry to learn of the loss of your dear friend Chris Ann. I too lost my best friend to that same dreadful disease almost 3 years ago. She was 57 and died 2 weeks after my Dad did. She was a wonderful and caring person who taught in a Special Ed program. I know that I will see my friend Laurie again in God’s Kingdom when my time here is done and you will see Chris Ann. I will keep you in my prayers and always remember the good times and fun that you and your friend shared.

  37. My prayers are for Chris Ann’s family and friends. Those left behind experience a huge loss but it is a comfort to know that Chris Ann is healthy again and now waiting for a glorious reunion!! Thanks, Bree, for introducing Chris Ann to all of us!

  38. Prayers to you and Chris Ann’s family. Hard to imagine how much I would care for someone I’d never met. Thank you so much Bree, for sharing her with us.

  39. As the song goes, “Will you dance with me Jesus”? Only knowing Chris Ann through your writings, I am sure she is celebrating and dancing with Jesus. My heart goes out to her family and to you, Brenda! She couldn’t have asked for a better friend!

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