Letter to the Editor

Family offers thanks in trying time

Sunday, July 17, 2011

To the Editor:

This letter is in regard to the passing of Mercedes Elaine Compton on April 28, 2011.

My husband Sam was her father and I was her stepmother. For the past seven years, she had been drug in and out of our lives, but we still had our fun moments.

She is dearly loved and missed by us and many more people.

She left behind three sisters, Elizabeth Ann, Destiny Ruth and Mary Jane Compton, and also a brother, Braden Andrew Compton.

We are always letting off balloons with the kids to show our love and hoping that she's catching them up in Heaven.

This is a very difficult time in our lives. No one should ever have to go through the pain of losing a child, but we understand that God needed his Angel Sadie right then and there.

At the very end of her battle with Leukemia, we were finally able to see her and let her know how much she was loved and missed by us. Braden got to see her at her worst, which was very hard for me to put him through because he didn't understand what was wrong with her and that she was getting worse and not better, but he did really well and now he constantly talks about Sadie and how much he loves and misses her and every time her name is brought up, he explains to his other sisters who she was and that she is up in Heaven watching over them.

There are several people that we would like to give thanks to.

Tina French, Head Start Manager, Sue Zigler, Healthy Families, Anna Blevins, Hamilton Center, State Road 59 and Interstate-70 McDonald's employees, Janet Bridgewater Riddell, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Christy and congregation, First Christian Church, Jenny, Outreach Pastor Christ Community Church, Pastor Jeffers and congregation, Lena Church, John and Wanda Schraedley, Dan and Vicki Hardesty and many more family and friends, too many to name.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

God has definitely been with us throughout these hard times.

Sadie has changed many lives and according to St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Peyton Manning Wing, she has changed three protocols, which will save many lives to come.

She will always be with us in our thoughts, prayers and dreams.

We love and miss you Mercedes Elaine Compton.

"I wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence. I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake from which I'll never part. God has you in his arms, and I have you in my heart."

Sam and Jennifer Compton and siblings,