Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held for Amy this coming Sunday. The details are as follows:

Sunday, September 16th 2007 beginning at 4:00 PM at Maramec Spring Park -- Furnace Shelter (maps to follow).

We will have someone at the park's entrance from 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM to allow for free entry into the park. Otherwise there is a $3.00 per vehicle entry fee so you may want to carpool, if possible, to minimize the expense.

There are a large number of tables and benches at the Furnace shelter, however, there may not be enough for everyone, so you may want to bring a lawn chair to assure yourself of a place to sit (should you want to) or for a more comfortable seat.

As far as attire goes, please feel free to wear whatever you are comfortable wearing and don't feel obligated to wear your Sunday best. I already know there will be some attending in their best suits, and others in shorts and a nice T-shirt.

In honor of Amy, a memorial trust fund has been set up for Gary. In lieu of flowers, a donation to this trust fund would be most appreciated.

Donations can be sent directly to:

P. O. BOX 370
DIXON, MO 65459

TELEPHONE NUMBER 573-759-3399 FAX NUMBER 573-759-3398

The checks can be made out to Gary L. Wilhoite II or Amy Wilhoite Memorial Fund with Donation written on the Memo line of the check.

Again, thank you for your prayers and your support -- she was always so encouraged by your prayers.

The two yellow circles are where you can park your vehicle and the big red X is where we will be. This map (without my additions) is also available at the park entrance.


jtcosby said...

I am praying you feel the love from blogland as strongly as it is being sent...before, during and after the ceremony. Amy touched my life in ways I cannot even begin to share...Love in Him, Tamara

Amber D.M. said...

Thanks for the update. We're continuing to lift you all up in prayer. Lord willing, at least myself and one other person from my family will be there. If we are unable to make it, we'll be with you in prayer and spirit.

~ Love from all the Moellers

Angela said...

I was praying for you today and thought of this verse...

Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

IN Christ,


April said...

How I wish I could be there to honor and say goodbye to Amy. She was so incredibly inspirational and her smile in the midst of adversity was always a faith booster.

Know that at the hour of the service I will be praying for all of you who have lost a beautiful woman and the woman who is now in the presence of the Most Holy.

Anonymous said...

I am still praying that you feel Jesus' arms wrapped around you tightly through this difficult time. May you find comfort in His presence and knowing Amy is with the Lord. I hate to ask this, but where can we send you something? Is there an address you can post?

Becky said...

May many blessings surround you and all of those who love Amy. She is an amazing woman. I say is because although she is gone in the physical sense, she is still very much alive and well. May her memory live on in each and every life she has touched.
-Becky (Michigan)

Aunt Boo said...

I wish I could be there, I am just too far away. I have been cheering Amy on since I came across her blog.

Praying for you and your family!

Episcopollyanna said...

You are in my prayers. Amy's story touched me very much. If there is a place to make contributions in her memory, please let us know. God bless.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could fly out there to help celebrate the amazing gift that was Amy's life here on earth but I will have to be satisfied with my little bloggity part. I will join your hearts in prayer and thanksgiving from here in PA. Peace and blessings to you all!

nancygrayce said...

I will pray for you all during the ceremony. I live far away from ya'll, but Amy has impacted my life in such a huge way.

tAnYeTTa said...

Praying that GOD gives you the strength.

Heather said...

Praying for you and thank you so very much for keeping us updated.

Anonymous said...

Brandon, thank you for your time to post Amy's services. I am continually in prayer for your peace and Gary's peace as well. My heart aches for you and Gary so deeply. With all of our prayers and love
April Martin and family

May God Bless you and Gary, may He make His face to shine upon you and keep you. Praying also for your strength.

gracie said...

At 4pm Sunday, it will be 7am Monday here in Australia. I will wake to think of you... and pray that Amy will be honored, and that the presence of your family, your friends, and the Spirit of God, will bring you deepest comfort.

Dunn Family said...

I too wish I could be there, but I live in Wisconsin! I truly look forward to meeting Amy someday in heaven. I felt a bond with her since we had both been through cancer. She was so good to email me too! Our family is continuing to keep your family in prayer.
Gina Dunn

ablondeblogger said...

I don't know you (heard about you from NYC Watchdog), but I wanted to offer you my most heartfelt sympathies and prayers. May God bless you with peace and strength to get through this and may you always feel Amy's presence with you.

Brenda said...

Thank you for keeping us posted. Prayers for your family continue!

A Team said...

My heart goes out to your family. I do not know you, but I am a sister in Christ and for that my heart mourns for you. I pray that God shows mercy on your family and blesses you during this time of mourning. My family and my Church will be praying for you.

A Sister in Christ,
from Washington DC

Mel's Mom said...

Our prayers will be with you, your family, and loved ones. I am so, so sorry...

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you and your family.

Moriah Freeman
friends of emily haughery

Matt and April said...

I'm sorry I don't know you nor did I know Amy, however I found her blog today and was sadened to hear about your loss. I lost my sister of 19 years to AML 2 years ago, I know the feeling of loss and also peace that you spoke about. May God lay his hand on your family and bring comfort. My prayers are with you.

mel said...

I am so sorry to hear about Amy... You have all been in my prayers.

I wonder if she's met my Soldier yet? I can't wait to meet her in person!!

I will continue praying for you!

Anonymous said...

My God bless and keep you during this time. I pray for a healing heart and strength.

Kim said...

I really wish I could be there! My heart will be there with you. May it be a beautiful day of praising our Sovereign God and honoring Amy's beautiful life. She was such a blessing and I know enduring without her will be difficult,to say the least. May God grant courage, strength, perseverance, and hope to you all. May little Gary always *know* his mommy because of all that will be shared with him as he grows up...let him know that his mommy was loved by many!

Blessings to you. I will continue praying for you, Brandon. Your family has a special place in our hearts.


Karen said...

Hugs to your family in this difficult time.

Anonymous said...


I will certainly be praying for you and your family during the memorial tomorrow! I hope you are experiencing Jesus' arms wrapped tightly around you and carrying you through this difficult time. I live across the country or I would be there.



Emmie said...

You and yours are loved and prayed for from Central Texas. Thank you for sharing your beautiful wife, and your truly beautiful lives, with us. We are richer for having known her, even if it is "just" through a blog. Amy taught me much, and for that I thankful. When your heart is overwhelmed, go to The Rock. He is a shelter for you. Where else can you go--He has the words of eternal life. You WILL see your Amy again! Until then, "trust thou in God, who is the health of thy countenance, and THY GOD."

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

Brandon and Gary,
I am with you tomorrow in Him. I join the whole host who will sing glory to the Lamb and thank Jesus that because we believe, though we die, yet we LIVE. Amy LIVES.
Jesus cups you close, and whispers, "I hold the keys. I have stripped death of its sting. I really mean everlasting life. Hold on."

Upholding you,
All's grace,

Anonymous said...

I am thinking about Amy and her family today as you celebrate her life during her memorial service. My heart goes out to you.

Candace & Anna said...

I just wanted to add my prayers to everyone else's. There is nothing any of us can say to ease your pain in this but I pray that you will feel the comfort of the Lord's arms wrapped around you.

Cori@SAHMbles said...

I've been thinking about you all today. There are so many people with you in spirit. We were all so blessed to know Amy even if it was just through her words. I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel like I have lost a good friend. Prayers for you all today and every day.

Jenny said...

Thinking of you, and praying for you here in Australia. Thst you will be able to rejoice in the midst of your grief, and lean hard on God.

Linds said...

I am thinking of you today. My prayers are with you.

Teresa said...


We are just home from Amy's memorial service. It turned out to be such a beautiful day. Our time to remember Amy was so sweet. You all gave such honor to her memory and how we enjoyed hearing from Amy's childhood friends of all her fun loving ways. I cried while I laughed and gave thanks for a life well spent.
We are still praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Just returning home from the memorial service and wanted to let you know that it was beautiful and perfect. Honoring both God and Amy's memory. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her in person.

Anonymous said...

Brandon - Just thinking of you and your days ahead. Praying for God's comfort each moment of your life as well a beautiful Gary's. I was able to talk to Gary at the memorial and was proud to see a piece of Amy living on. The memorial service was absolute dedication to Christ being the center. Amy most certaintly shone so bright as she allowed Christ to beam through her life and now even her death. With much prayers and love.
April Martin - Dixon

Leigh said...

Brandon and Gary,

My dear friend Emily Baker, shared her experience at the memorial service with me. What a blessing that was. Like Emily, I want to be faithful to pray for you and dear Gary. Thank you so very much for sharing such a beautiful and wonderful woman with me. I am so blessed by you and her Godly examples. What a good Savior we serve!

God Bless both of you!
Leigh Taylor

Katie said...

Hi - I don't really know why I'm posting this except to say I am sorry for all Amy had to go through and your loss.

I stumbled on this blog this evening and read a good bit. I plan to read more of Amy's writings and strength.

I struggle mentioning this, but maybe it's important. I've just read about this woman who was so loved and full of life. Someone who wanted to live so desperately and yet so graciously accepted what God gave her. And yet -- I have attempted suicide twice in 3 weeks. I wanted to die and couldn't and this I don't entirely understand. After reading here, I feel so selfish. I don't know how to describe my feelings at this moment really. I feel -- just -- an appreciation for life at this moment. I am sorry for your loss.

Tammy said...

and through her death Amy has saved a life. Dearest Katie keep reading and draw from Amy's strength. May the Lord touch your precious life as he did Amy's.

Linds said...

For Katie....

Keep reading, Katie, and know that you are not alone. Follow the links to some of the wonderful people out there who made Amy a part of their lives too.I will be praying for you.

And Brandon,

please know that the prayers don't stop for you and Gary. My husband died last year unexpectedly. I really do know. Take care, and please let us know how you are doing.

Anonymous said...

For Katie;

Amy was strong and her strength through life was from the Lord Jesus and His Word. Read her entries and see if there is not strength and compassion described for you. Many of us have been blessed by Amy's life and her faithfulness.

Brandon, Gary, and Family,

We continue in prayer for you. We are continually thankful also for the memorial service. Her life effected so many of us and continues as a testamony of real faith in the Lord.

Thanks Again,

Anonymous said...

To Brandon and Gary:

I don't remember how I came upon Amy's blog, but I am so grateful that I did.

I always thought she seemed stronger the more she leaned on the Lord.

I hope you or someone in your family will consider going to 'blog printer' or some sort of blog printing website. It looks like you can get some very nicely bound library type books made of your/Amy's blog. I think it would be great to have a 'book copy' of the blog for Gary to someday read. Just in case something happens to the electronic version.

Just a thought

God Bless

Anonymous said...

For Katie: It is not by accident that you have come across this blog and have read about a woman that loved the Lord Jesus Christ and lived for Him. He is there for you too and you can have that same fullness of life that you read about here.

Brandon, I'm looking forward to hearing more about the book. Continuing to pray for you and your family.

Jeff Duncan said...

Brandon, I've clicked the button "add comment" and sat here until my laptop is alerting me that my battery is almost gone. How do I tell you how much you are loved? How do I tell you God is still in control? I'm reminded my Psalm 13. David begins by telling God just how bad things are but in that short and sweet Psalm, he says "But I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me."

Remember that God and the devil are not adversaries because nothing can war against God. That's why the devil uses us, His kids.

I'm praying. Keep sharing. Keep believing. Keep loving. And keep receiving the love from all those Amy touched and will continue to touch through her legacy.

Bless You. Love You.