Thomas Duffy January 21, 2010 – March 19, 2011
Thomas was born to John and Jo Duffy in the UK. He was a beautiful boy and the apple of his parents eye. Thomas was ill and roundly misdiagnosed throughout his short life. He was lost to left ventricular non compaction (LVNC) cardiomyopathy. We support and lift up his loving parents until they can be with their Thomas once again. Bless you John and Jo for sharing your baby boy with us. He is greatly missed and beautiful angel.
UPDATE: Jo and John Duffy welcomed baby Luke Joseph Duffy on May 12, 2012. So far, he is in perfect health!! Congrats to the happy parents!!
Lucy Blythe Farmer
Lucy lived a wonderfully full life in her fifteen months. She visited both of her parents’ hometowns – Longview, Texas, and Albuquerque, N.M. She visited two different zoos and an aquarium. She rode many trains and even met Thomas the Tank Engine, thanks to her older brother. She attended music class at Heartsong Music with him as well, from when she was just a few weeks old. Her adventures slowed a bit after she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in November 2012 when she was eight months old. Despite medicines and lengthy hospital stays, she did her best to enjoy life. An adventurous eater, she preferred barbacoa to baby food. She inspired everyone who knew her with her strength and bravery. Lucy means “light” and she was the light of our lives and so many others. She was beautiful, strong, feisty and sweet. She was always observant and solemn, which made her smiles and laughs that much more special. You felt like she really looked at and listened to you. She saw into everyone’s hearts and accepted what she found there. She brought happiness into the PICU at Dell Children’s Medical Center. People would come by because they had heard about the cute baby in that room. They would smile and wave and she would usually smile back. She loved to dance to her Rock ‘n’ Roll Elmo. She loved the family cats and stacking toys. We were all just starting to know her and find out what she loved. We wish we knew more, but will hang on to what we have. She left behind her adoring parents, Christopher and Sara Farmer, as well as her doting older brother Max. She is also loved and missed by her grandparents, Jerry and Louise Combest of Longview, Texas, and Norman and Sandra Farmer of Albuquerque, N.M. Her loving aunts and uncles included Joseph and Amanda Carras of Gilbert, Ariz., Kevin and Ashley Wruble of Gilbert, Ariz., Jerry O’Brien of Longview, Texas, Jonathan and Tiffany Deonarine of Pflugerville, Texas, and Chase and Laure O’Brien of Marshall, Texas. Lucy will also be missed by her friends in her Adventure Friday playgroup as well as her cousins. Lucy’s family is deeply grateful to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, particularly the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, as well as Children’s Medical Center of Dallas’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Heart Center for the excellent care provided to Lucy during her illness. The kindness and care of the doctors, nurses and staff are outstanding. A special thank-you is owed to Dr. Ross Prochnow, Lucy’s pediatrician, and Dr. Karen Wright, Lucy’s cardiologist. She couldn’t have asked for better, more caring physicians. A private viewing for family was held May 18, 2013, at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home on Anderson Mill. A graveside service followed in Cook-Walden/Capital Parks cemetery. It was officiated by Kyle McFather. The director and a group from the SoCo Women’s Chorus beautifully performed Lucy’s favorite song, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”. Pallbearers were Norman Farmer, Jerry Combest, Jerry O’Brien and Chase O’Brien. Donations in Lucy’s memory may be made to the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation or to the Lucy B. Farmer Endowment at Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas. The endowment was generously created by Chris Farmer’s employer, MaxPoint Interactive. Although we miss Lucy so much, we are grateful she is no longer struggling. We are so proud to have been her parents. We will always treasure our brief time with her. In her memory, we will do our very best to live more fully as well as do everything we can to find a cure for her disease.
Her mom has a blog at http://kittymomma.com/