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I'm Free


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.

I tool his hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
to laugh, to love, to work and play.

Taks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void.
Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;
ah yes, thes things, I too will miss.

Be not burdened with time of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I savoured much;
good friends, good time, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me.

God wanted me now,
he set me free.



Louise LeBeau

 Louise LeBeau ascended into heaven on May 19. She suffered from dementia following a brain aneurysm surgery. 

As a graduate of USC she was a fighter. Please donate to continue Louise’s fight and advocacy for those battling mental illness.

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:6‬



 

Tara Elissa Edwards Memorial Fund

July 5th, 1978 – March 22nd, 2018

Tara had the most irresistibly infectious, irreverent laugh… full of love and kindness. Her passions were cooking
crafting,  scary movies,  her dogs (Bella & Callie), and, most of all, her family. She was a skilled chef, avid reader
and world traveler. She took a special delight in all things bright, shining, and fanciful.

 Tara  battled  with mental illness for many years. Throughout  her struggle,  she fought relentlessly for a stable life
  rich in  love and connections with friends and family. Just when it seemed she had finally made that dream reality
  she was taken from us. She died peacefully on March 22, 2018, surrounded by her family. We will miss our angel

Tara and carry the best of her with us throughout our lives.

 

Geoffrey Alden Blaskey Memorial Fund

December 7th, 1985 – February 3rd 2018

Geoffrey was born and raised in California. He always marched to a different drummer. His favorite endeavors were band
marching band, drum line and roller hockey. He graduated with honors from Marina High School in Huntington Beach. He
also  earned a  BA in Music  from California  State University in Long Beach. Geoffrey was proficient in drums, piano, steel
drum  and  marimba. Although  he  had  recently  been  struggling  to  find  his  niche,  music  was  his  passion.

Geoffrey peacefully passed away at his home on Saturday, February 3, 2018. He is survived by his parents, Richard and
Jocelyn Blaskey, the Whiting Family of Pennsylvania, and the Grunt family of New Jersey. His death was preceded by his
grandparents,  Emma  and  Dick  Whiting  and  Essie  and  Samuel  Blaskey.

 

 

David Lloyd Collins Memorial Fund

March 25th, 1964 - June 29th, 2016

Say Goodbye

When you’re saying goodbye to a real friend,
Focus on their beginning, not their end.

While they’re still here
We enjoy their love
Our feelings for them, never end

We’ll still have their cheer
While they’re rejoicing above
You’re never saying goodbye forever,
When you’re saying goodbye to a real friend

When your Crying is over,
You’ll feel better
Like on a cold day,
When you’ve put on a warm sweater

My Friend, I’ve enjoyed you so much
And now I must say goodbye

I’ve had my good cry
It’s gotten cold today
So Friend, I’ve put on a sweater.
Friend, I love you forever . . . and ever.

By David Collins

 

 

Hayden Charles Werner Memorial Fund

May 25th, 1996 - May 20th, 2016

Hayden was a brother, a son, a friend, a teammate, a cousin, a lifeguard, a leader, so many roles, and he was also
an  inspiration  on  how  to  LIVE  a  full  life.  He  dedicated  himself to all the things he loved to do; the ins and outs
of  the  beach  and  being an  ocean  lifeguard and junior lifeguard instructor, how to shred the slopes of the Sierras
how  to   remain   a top student in all his classes at UC Santa Barbara, how to impart his curiosity and knowledge on
others,   how  to  be  genuinely  kind to all  he encountered, how to light up a room with music, and how to truly enjoy
everything   life   has   to   offer.  His  energy  and  enthusiasm  will  be  remembered  by  all.  We  love  you  Hayden.

"Living it"
Hayden Werner

 

 

 

Stephen Doherty Memorial Fund

December 26th, 1965 - February 6th, 2016

Top 10 things we love about Steve

Written by Janneil Van Dyke
  1. He always made us laugh
  2. His heart was always full of love
  3. He could whip up a gourmet meal using top ramen
  4. No matter how hard life got he beat it back with spit and fire
  5. He could keep a secret, or two, or three
  6. His sarcastic sense of humor
  7. He was the world's best uncle
  8. His love for the Seahawks, giddy-up
  9. His love for animals especially his Bonzy
  10. reason we love you Steve: you had the wonderful capacity to love and each and every person who was lucky enough to know you and call you friend got to experience that love.

We will all miss you, be at peace.

 

 

King Patrick Kelly Memorial Fund

November 14th, 1986 - January 19th, 2016

King was an incredible son, brother, uncle, and friend. His sudden passing on January 19, 2016
follows  a  very  recent  struggle with mental illness. Despite his struggles, he was the most kind
loving,  thoughtful,  smart,  sweet,  silly,  joyful,  shining  and  beautiful  person  in  our  lives.

 

 

Melissa Nemeth Memorial Fund

February 9th, 1986 – April 21st, 2015

Melissa’s  generous  heart  lead  her  to  adopt  NAMI  Orange  County  as  her  second  family.  Melissa
treated  staff  and  all  the volunteers with whom she worked with as brothers and sisters. She accepted
        Board members as parental and maternal figures, but often had much to teach us about courage, resilience
 and  love.   She  was  a  role  model  for  recovery  and  taught  many  of  the  NAMI  signature  programs:
            Family to Family, Peer to Peer, Provider Education, In Our Own Voice and Ending the Silence. Her love
         her compassion, her authenticity and her courage made her an eloquent and effective speaker wherever she
    went…  and  she  went  everywhere and did everything she could to promote NAMI Orange County. She is
our  hero  and  we  will  miss  her  terribly.

 

 

Tammy Baldwin-Wells Memorial Fund

April 24th, 1971 – September 15th, 2015

Celebrating Her Love and Life

A Note: From Tammy & Her Family

 

 

Gregory “James” Mech II Memorial Fund

December 23rd, 1987 – December 21st, 2014

Celebrating His Love and Life

A Note: From James & His Family

 

 

David Cook Rich Memorial Fund

October 14th, 1972 - January 10th, 2015

Celebrating His Life & Family's Love

A Note: From David's Family

 

 

Forrest Kingsbury Werner, IV Memorial Fund

June 24th, 1992 - March 10th, 2015

"During the summer
The sea, she is my only lover
Although there may be other distractions
She is the true source of my attraction"

- Forrest Kingsbury Werner, IV