Friday, August 28, 2009


Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is our life

Deuteronomy 30:20

Elizabeth Grace Dunford, a princess on earth and an angel in heaven.

The Celebration of Life Service for Elizabeth was so beautiful. The day was perfect, God could not have painted a more beautiful day with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. DJ said that he knew Elizabeth had ordered up the day for everyone.

After a beautiful Mass with a Eulogy delivered by Dr. Sara that was so perfect and touching, Elizabeth was carried in a white carriage accompanied by her brothers, drawn by two beautiful white horses. Bubbles blowing out the back as the horse drawn carriage made it's way through the streets to the cemetery. Words can not describe!!!!

After the graveside service, everyone went to the Country Club in the subdivision where the Dunford's lived while in Mandeville and gathered for a reception to honor Elizabeth and her sweet memory. Michelle and DJ did an outstanding job planning the entire day. I have no doubt that Elizabeth was happy. At the reception they had a wonderful buffet including a beautiful cake, a video of wonderful pictures showing Elizabeth's journey and it ended with a balloon release of pink balloons. As the balloons went up, they all stayed together and at different times seemed to form different shapes. The most impressive and distinct shape was that of an angel. Later in the evening, we went to Michelle's Dad and Stepmom's home and took a midnight cruise on the "ELIZABETH GRACE". It was a time for everyone to be together and reflect over the days events and share just being together. Regina and I were outside on the front deck just talking and looking at the stars in the sky, at the same time we both saw a shooting star shoot across the sky..... can't tell you the feeling there. It was a touching sign. We said it was Mary Kate and Elizabeth throwing stars at us.

The entire day was so perfect, just like Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was only a little one, but she has touched so many lives with her smile and her precious personality. We thank DJ and Michelle for sharing their faith, love and hearts with us along with Elizabeth. God gave this world a gift when he gave Elizabeth to the Dunford family. She could not have asked for better parents or brothers. She was so loved and she knew it. Her family showered her with love each minute of each day. I am a better person from having them in my life. I know Elizabeth was only here for a short time, but I know her work on earth will last for a very long time.

Please continue to keep DJ, Michelle, Charlie and Andrew in your prayers. The days ahead will be difficult to say the least, but God will carry them through. Their faith and strength are amazing and God will continue to hold them in his loving arms.

Elizabeth ~ in our hearts forever


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