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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:02 PM
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My niece passed away early yesterday morning
Thank you to everyone who kept her in their thoughts and prayers.
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Tori Duff, Mr. Penndems's niece and the flower girl at our wedding, passed away early Monday morning in Huntington, West Virginia from severe head and cardiovascular injuries she sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident on November 23, 2004, at her grandparents' farm.

Victoria Lynn Duff was born on Friday, November 13th, 1992, in Morehead City, North Carolina. She was a fifth grade student who loved collecting stuffed animals, playing with her Barbies, watching "Shrek" and "The Princess Diaries" on her DVD player, beating her Aunt Dana (Penndems) at checkers and card games, and picking out Christmas and birthday presents at her favorite stores: Toys "R" Us and Pacific Sunwear. Tori's favorite subject in school was art, at which she was very adept.

"Miss Tori", as she was known by family members, had an effervescent personality, a curious and caring nature, a warm smile, an infectious giggle, and was the apple of every one of her relatives' eyes. When we were planning our wedding, she was our one - and ONLY - choice to be our flower girl. Her untimely death has left a tremendous void in the lives of all who loved her.

She leaves behind her parents; a brother in North Carolina and a half-brother in Bremerton, Washington; her maternal and paternal grandparents, a host of adoring aunts and uncles (including Penndems and Mr. Penndems). She also leaves behind two cousins in Georgia. Tori also had many, many friends who grieve with us, as well.

A memorial service will be held in West Virginia on Thursday, with a funeral service on Saturday in North Carolina. Our "Miss Tori" will be laid to rest about an eighth of a mile from her home in N.C. following the service.

We ask for your thoughts and prayers for the family during this very difficult and painful time.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:03 PM
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1. I'm terribly sorry.
My thoughts to you and your family.
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Metatron Donating Member (877 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:04 PM
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2. I'm so sorry for your loss.
My condolences to you and your family.
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noclonyofthechimp Donating Member (656 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:04 PM
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3. My prayers are with you.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:05 PM
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4. I'm so sorry. Your loving description of her moved me to tears.
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snacker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:05 PM
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5. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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fluffernutter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:05 PM
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6. That is heartbreaking. I'm so sorry, my thoughts are with your family.
:hug:
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:05 PM
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7. I am so sorry to read this
Of course you are all in my thoughts. What a horrible tragedy. :cry:
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:06 PM
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8. prayers for all penndems.... tori sounds beautiful and
she will be missed terribly. were all so sorry for the pain.

take good care of one another
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:06 PM
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9. Oh
I'm so incredibly sorry. Words fail me. :hug:
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:07 PM
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10. I am so sorry, honey. Hugs and prayers to you and yours. There
is nothing worse than losing a child.
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GreatAuntK Donating Member (534 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:07 PM
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11. Dear Dana,
I am so, so sorry. You and your family must be heartsick, and there is nothing to say that will ever help. I have nieces here from 4 to 27 who mean just everything to me, and I can't imagine what you are feeling. I don't know why I'm writing even, because I can't even think of anything to tell you, but how badly I feel for you.
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:08 PM
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12. Oh, I'm so sorry. I read your original post about her injuries.
Words can't express how I feel about your loss. :hug:

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NamVetsWeeLass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:08 PM
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13. I Heard about this accident on the local News here...
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending energy and thoughts your way. :Looks shocked at the connection: I shook my head when I heard this on the news, and literally said to my husband "What a shame". My 14 year old Step Daughter has a 4 wheeler, I hate it. If they were at all safety conscious where she lives I wouldn't mind, But... They aren't. I am so sorry for you loss.
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:10 PM
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14. I'm so sorry, Penndems.
This is just unbearably sad. :hug:
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:12 PM
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15. I am very sorry for your loss
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:13 PM
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16. Remember her Smiles. Treasure them.
Focus on them. God be with you.
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:16 PM
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17. This is so awful
I'm so sorry, this is heartbreaking news, for such a little princess to die so young is tragic beyond words :cry:
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:16 PM
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18. My deepest condolences
It is so difficult to say goodbye to a child. I will keep your family in my prayers. 7
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For PaisAn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:20 PM
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19. I'm so sorry for your loss
Memories are like a rose in winter.
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:22 PM
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20. So sorry.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:22 PM
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21. Good bye Miss Tori
You are lucky to have lived in such a loving family.

Penndems, I am so sorry for this horrible tragedy. I can't imagine the pain. Best to all of you.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:24 PM
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22. Oh, how awful for you and your family!
I have a niece that age. I can't imagine... :cry:
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juliagoolia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:25 PM
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23. I will keep you all in my thoughts
and prayers.. I am very sorry for your loss.
Sorry for your entire family and their loss.
Miss Tori will surely be a well remembered.

Word are so damn inadequate.. Wish we could all hug you all!
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Rumba Donating Member (277 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:29 PM
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24. my deepest condolences.
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WildClarySage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:31 PM
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25. Condolences
I'm so sorry!
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Hans Delbrook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:31 PM
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26. I'm very sorry for your loss
You and your family will be in my prayers.
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borlis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:47 PM
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27. I am so so sorry
What a tragedy. I have heard so many stories lately about the danger of atv's. Stay strong and keep her memories in your heart.
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:49 PM
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28. So very sorry for the loss of your niece.
Many hugs to your family, may you all comfort each other during this time.
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sir_captain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:51 PM
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29. So sorry
Having gone through a similar loss fairly recently, I understand the pain you are going through... all of us will keep you in our thoughts...
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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:57 PM
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30. Thank you so very much, everyone
I was hesitant about putting all this on the board, but I wanted people to know . . .

She had a face
She had a name
She was kind
She was caring
She wasn't spoiled (her parents saw to that)
She liked people and animals
She wasn't "sassy" (unless it was to her brother, who needled her about cleaning up her bedroom)
She was intelligent
She liked school (and didn't like to miss a day)
She wasn't selfish (she shared her toys, and sometimes her lunch, except if it was pizza or hamburgers)
She liked sweets
She and her mom were "best buds"
She was funny
She was a "ham" in front of a camera
She was treasured
She was liked
She was LOVED

And now, we'll never get to see her

Become an adolescent
Celebrate another birthday (or Thanksgiving or Christmas)
Go to the prom
Get her driver's license, and drive her first car
Graduate from high school
Become independent
Go to college
Start a career
Get married, and begin a family
Grow old gracefully

BECAUSE SHE WASN'T WEARING A HELMET.









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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:29 AM
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38. As I read through this...
My heart was crushed when I read this. I am so terribly sorry for this senseless accident and the sudden loss of your dear niece. Thank you for sharing.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:01 AM
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48. I am so very sorry Penndems
May God bless and keep you and your family during this very sad time. Loss is overwhelming, more so when it is a child. If your post prevents even one little child from riding any wheeled vehicle without a helmet, it was well worth the trouble it took to post it. Thank you and you are in my prayers.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:26 AM
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31. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy to your entire family.


gone too soon. :(


sincerely.

AuntAgonist.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:27 AM
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32. I am very sorry
I am in tears for your loss. May the light of her memory stay with you all your days.
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Gothic Sponge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:29 AM
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33. I'm so sorry.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:21 AM
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34. so sorry for your loss
thank you for sharing some of her life story with us. tori was a sweet girl and my thoughts are with everyone in your family.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:23 AM
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35. I am so sorry for your family's loss
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Bat Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:26 AM
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36. I'm so sorry....
My thoughts are with you...
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Valerie5555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:29 AM
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37. How sad, maybe in remembrance of her, you could become a "safety Ayatollah
Edited on Wed Dec-01-04 01:31 AM by Valerie5555
" of sorts and lobby for a "Tori's Law" requiring a ATV safety course or something and maybe a maximum age a person should be before even thinking of being able to drive one of those things.

All right I admit I may be a pollo mierda or a chicken crap in the sense that driving one of those things :scared:s me.


On edit I meant "Ayatollah" in the sense of a fanatical in a good way safety crusader.
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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:38 AM
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39. My deepest condolences
I can think of no loss more painful. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 04:22 AM
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40. I am so sorry.
She sounds like a wonderful girl. My deepest sympathies.
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 04:32 AM
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41. Poor baby!
Oh, that is heartbreaking. I am so very sorry. :cry: :hug:
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 04:33 AM
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42. I am so sorry
I hate when lives that really have never been truly lived are taken away. RIP.
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Debbi801 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:56 AM
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43. I am so sorry for your loss....
My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

Debbi
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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:58 AM
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44. I'm so so sorry!
How very tragic. :(
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:59 AM
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45. Dana
:hug:
:hug:
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:00 AM
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46. My God, I'm so sorry. You are in my thoughts.
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:01 AM
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47. My sincere condolences
on the loss of your niece. I am so very sorry. May Tori be at Peace.

You and your family are in my thoughts. :hug:
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:07 AM
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49. I am so very sorry for your loss, Penndems. I wish there was something
I could say to help ease your grief. You are in my thoughts.

Hugs,Laura :hug:
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:11 AM
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50. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
May your loving memories of this remarkable young lady bring you peace.
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scarlett1 Donating Member (427 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:12 AM
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51. my sincerest condolences
it is so difficult when someone dies so young.


God Bless you and your family.
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Feathered Fish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:13 AM
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52. Sorry to hear about that
I lost a young cousin the same way. Take care.

:hug:
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solinvictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:14 AM
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53. I'm so sorry to hear this...
She was about my daughter's age, so I can only imagine. You have my sincere condolences.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:15 AM
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54. Poor little thing. My deepest regrets.
:hug:
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:17 AM
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55. please accept our deepest condolences
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:19 AM
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56. wow, I am so sorry
I choked up reading about her here at work. It's always saddest to hear about young ones leaving us way too soon. My deepest sympathy to you & your family.

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Jessica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:22 AM
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57. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family ...
... and I am terribly sorry for your loss. I live in West Virginia - and our state has seen far too many of these devastating ATV accidents that have claimed the lives of many of our bright, young children. May God bless you and your's.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:43 AM
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58. My deepest condolences and my prayers
for your family during this very difficult time. :hug:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:49 AM
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59. Deepest sympathy to you and yours.
I'm so very sorry.
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 10:22 AM
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60. Dana - I am so sorry.
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vinnievin777 Donating Member (735 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 10:25 AM
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61. I am sooo sorry
I will say a prayer---

Vinnie Vin
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 11:46 AM
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62. I'm so sorry
I was nearly in tears when you first posted about the accident. Such a tragic loss. May your family's love for her and memories of the times you shared keep her alive in your hearts always.

:hug:
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