Hannah is a true testament to the phrase, “Love always wins.” She embodied a true angel, both during her short time on Earth and now.
I am Hannah’s oldest cousin, Katie, on the “Funcky” side of the family. I remember meeting Hannah years ago when my Uncle John began dating my now “Aunt Sue.” We were having our traditional Funcky holidays at Grandma Mary’s house, and I just remember her energy and enthusiasm for life. I can relate as I tend to have lots of energy as well. Because of our age gap, I didn’t know Hannah that well when she was younger. It was during the last years of her life that we really shared great memories together.
I can also recall going with Aunt Sue and all of Hannah’s friends to Point Pleasant Boardwalk for one of Hannah’s birthday parties. My mom and sister were so happy to help out, and it was such fun to see how loved Hannah was. She was always talking about her friends and it seemed like she had endless friendships!
As the years went on, our families traveled to the Outer Banks for vacation. I spent the week with Hannah and we had great times hanging out at the house, having “girl time”, and going to the beach together.
My last vivid memory of Hannah was at the Monmouth Park Racetrack, August 2013 (right before she got really sick). Even in the sweltering heat, she still showed up and insisted on checking out the horses. We walked together, just the two of us. It’s a memory I will never forget. After viewing the horses, we walked back to our picnic area and she wanted these free sunglasses they were giving out. I grabbed two and a few minutes later, we took a photo together. It will be one I cherish forever.
Hannah always handled every situation with grace and strength. She was not only my cousin, but someone I looked up to, even at such a young age. We always had the best and silliest times together. I miss you and wish you were here to share in all of our milestones together. Even though you aren’t physically with us, I carry you with me every day and smile every time I feel the warmth of the sun shining down on me.