David Lloyd Collins
 
Memorial Fund
 
March 25, 1964 - June 29, 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
 

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Hayden Charles Werner
 
Memorial Fund
 
May 25, 1996 - May 20, 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 

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Stephen Doherty
 
Memorial Fund
 
December 26, 1965 - February 6, 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. 

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King Patrick Kelly
 
Memorial Fund
 
November 14, 1986 - January 19, 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.

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Melissa Nemeth
 
Memorial Fund
 
February 9, 1986 – April 21, 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.

Having struggled so effectively to live a life in recovery from mental illness it is surreal that a medical condition of blood clots could take her from us at such a young age. We wish to remember Melissa by the interests she cherished.  While devoted to all NAMI signature programs, Melissa was most fond of promoting NAMI programs for youth.  She traveled to Utah to become a teacher for “Progression” a NAMI program for adolescents experiencing mental illness, a companion program to “Basics” a program for parents of children with mental illness. She had just scheduled a location and date for the first Progression class when she passed.

We are grateful for the blessings that Melissa shared with us and look forward to continuing her spirit and good works. If you would like to make a donation to NAMI Orange County in her name, those funds will be restricted to pay to programs to support youth: Progression, Basics and Ending the Silence. Please join us in honoring a life well lived. Thank you Melissa… you will always be in our hearts.

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Tammy Baldwin-Wells
 
Memorial Fund
 
Celebrating Her Love and Life
4/24/71 – 9/15/15
 
 
 
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Gregory “James” Mech II
 
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Celebrating His Love and Life
 
12/23/87 – 12/21/14
 
 
 
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David Cook Rich
 
10/14/72 - 1/10/15
 
Memorial Fund
 
Celebrating His Life & Family's Love
 
 
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Forrest Kingsbury Werner, IV
 
Memorial Fund
 
June 24, 1992 - March 10, 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
 
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