Thursday, September 04, 2008


KELLY T. CAMPBELL March 16, 1963 - August 24, 2008

Somehow you found it in your big heart to befriend this little lost soul in 1977, and remain a champion of my soul ever since. You were the first friend I had after moving back to Eugene and starting in a new school, a new step-family, home and life. I will never forget your kindness then, nor the 31 birthday cards that have arrived without fail, ever since.

You loved big, and you will be missed big.


KELLY

You were from Eugene and Catholic, from questionable notes and Brother John of the Cross.
You were from friends with broken necks, "Here, let me help you."

You were from class reunion organizer and come to my house let me serve you.
You were from Roger, Elaine, Doug and Chris, three stair step kids with you on the top.

You were from first car with a phone and brown cigarettes of your mom's.
You were from a house with cleaned daily toilets and own phone number for the kids.

You were from "Birth Months" and Visco, from Mrs. Murphy and Sr. Helen Nelson.
You were from Keegan, surprise parties and Brother John.

You were from Marist and St. Paul's, and "We Are One."
You were from cooking and gardening, from "May all your wildest dreams come true."

You were from Sun Valley, Idaho and a man named "Campbell."
You were from Kamikaze Kids and mopping The Pit.

You were from "Go Ducks!" and Aunt Lucille.
You were from Karen and Mary and friends 'til the end.

You were from Nick now at Marist, traditions continuing.
You were from Dan in 8th grade and little first grader Sara.

You were from memories and celebrations, from Dance-A-Thons and fun.
You were from teenage to middle age and I'll never forget you.

20 comments:

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Peace....

Love....

Sue said...

I am so sorry ...

love ...

Go Mama said...

Lovely tribute. She's on the other side celebrating and smiling at the memories. What a photo, c! Thanks for the look back.

Jerri said...

Go with God, Kelly.

Special Needs Mama said...

Sending love...

marge said...

Carrie- I loved this beautiful tribute to a very special person in your life. What a wonderful human she must have been. Much love.

Joanne said...

Even the pictures speak to us. Beautiful tribute.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Love.

Kapuananiokalaniakea said...

...and only a prayer away -- not so far, really.

drama mama said...

Sweet peace.

She said...

Beautiful tribute to her and all she is from.

I'm sorry for your loss, for the ache you must be feeling.

Sending hugs and love your way.

Kathryn said...

Beautiful. My heart goes out to you.

Terry Whitaker said...

You make me miss her, too.

kario said...

What a wonderful friend you are, my dear! I'm sending light and love during this sad time.

P.S. Love the photo at the end. Your eyes still twinkle like that!

Amber said...

Deep thoughts of love and healing to you right now. I am so sorry this hurts so much.

((hug))

:)

Eileen said...

Such a beautiful tribute, so much love....such a special friendship.

So sorry for you loss...sending lots of love....

Angie Ledbetter said...

Your sharing her goodness keeps her memory alive. I hope someone says something like that about me one day. Thinking of you & adding extra prayers.

Mom to the Girls said...

This is a beautiful memory, thank you for sharing.
Love...

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

I'm sorry about your loss.

Jess said...

Beautiful post. What a hard thing. Sweet tribute.

Love that picture of you.