Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lily's Obituary

(This is the obituary that was in the Daily Progress Newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday, March 26th, 2010. Feel free to sign the guest book on the website. It was emotionally difficult to sit down and have to write this in the days following Lily's birth and death, but I knew I wanted it to be beautiful for her. And I knew I wanted to glorify Jesus in my words...)

Lily Katherine Allen-Ball went straight from her loving mother's womb to the arms of her sweet Jesus on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 4:24 p.m. She was born at the Rex Birthing Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Although brief, Lily's life was beautiful, and many purposes of her life were evident long before she left this world. Those that know and love her have been deeply impacted by her tiny life forever. The bittersweet memories of time with Lily have brought such richness and joy to her family's lives and can never be taken away. Her family feels so blessed to have been part of such a special little girl's life. Both her first and middle names mean pure and she will forever be perfectly that. Never having to struggle through a world marred with pain and sin, Lily now has all Heaven's Glory! Through this time of immense sorrow, Jesus has given the family great hope, strength, and peace that passes all understanding. Lily's mother is so thankful that she chose LIFE for her baby and praises the One who chose her to carry someone so wonderfully made.

Lily's parents, Hannah Rose Allen of Knightdale, North Carolina, and Joey D. Ball of Charlottesville, Virginia, would like to invite anyone who'd like to come to the memorial service honoring the life of their precious flower, Lily Katherine. It will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27th, 2010, at the Hillsboro Cemetery in Crozet, Virginia, with Pastor Robert French officiating. Under the open sky and surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, all are welcome to gather around sweet Lily to celebrate her life!

Friends will also be received by Lily's great-grandmother, Nancy Virginia Bain of Crozet, Virginia; and grandparents, Ginny Bain Allen and Chuck Allen, both of Knightdale, North Carolina, Don Ball, and Suzanne Ball, both of Lancaster County, Virginia; as well as loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Her family greatly rejoices that they will one day again be with their precious angel, who was simply too beautiful for earth.

Here are the comments from the online guest book

May 04, 2010
I love you my precious flower, Lily Katherine. Forever you will be in my heart, Mommy
March 26, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
March 26, 2010
What a beautiful tribute to your little flower. A copy will be printed and added to our Family Bible along side many other obituaries of people I have known and loved.
March 26, 2010
We will hold you in our hearts forever, my precious granddarling Lily Katherine! Praise God Jesus has taken you to live with Him forever! ~Your Dukes (aka Ginny Kirk Bain Allen)



  1. Beautiful...I wish we never even had to write our own baby's obituary though. I don't think any parent should have to do that. (((HUGS)))

  2. Hannah that is one of the most beautiful obituaries I've ever read. I'm in the Bible Study with you. When I saw you were in Knightdale I immediately began to cry. I'm orginally from Four Oaks and all my family and friends still live there. That's where my support system is - even my childhood friends who have lost babies, but I live outside of Wake Forest and constantly feel alone up here with this. I'm just elated to know you are that close to me. I have a 3 year old but I lost my second child in February of this year at 10 weeks. I am so sorry for your loss but know Lily is always with you..the gentle wind on your face, the sun warming your face. I'll be praying for you.


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