Thursday, August 28, 2014
Charlene Frisco-Stovall Minimize

Charlene Stovall was born in Birmingham, Alabama on June 20th, 1959. Charlene grew up in Ft.Leonard Wood, Missouri and in 1971 moved with her family to Colorado Springs, CO. She attended William Mitchell High School where she graduated in 1977. After graduation, Charlene attended the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo where she majored in Meteorology. Charlene left USC and served in the United States Air Force from May 1987 until October 1991. She was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. During Charlene’s service in the USAF she received numerous honors and awards to include the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Grad Ribbon and the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon. Charlene also served in Operation Desert Storm from August 2nd, 1990 until October 27th, 1991 as an Air Transportation Specialist.

Charlene was extremely witty and had an amazing sense of humor. She could bring anyone to side- splitting laughter to include her Doctor’s and Nurses. Charlene would bend over backwards to assist anyone who had a need whether she knew them or not. She greatly enjoyed watching the strangest reality shows as well as game shows. Mainly, the Price is Right. Charlene was a Bob Barker fanatic! She also enjoyed partaking in tasks and projects that allowed her to express her sharp sense of art and creativity. Her creativity really shone through with the literature and pamphlets that she created for her Sunday School classes and in her sons', Nolan, school projects.

Charlene also lovingly called Chiney possesed a heart and generosity that was behemoth. Her greatest joy and contentment was in giving and making a difference in every life that She touched. And if nothing else She would give you laughter... and the crazy Woman could diminish you to side splitting laugher!

As a giver, the greatest gift that we could give Her is to help or heal someone and prevent them from the extreme pain and suffering that she experience daily.

Dolores Ann McDonald Minimize

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Dolores A. Mcdonald was born March 7th, 1964 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO to Harold & Mable Burks. As a resident of Colorado Springs she graduated from Harrison High School and attended Everest College. Dolores worked for Current Inc. as an administrative professional. After several years she took her experience to Wells Fargo where she worked with Mortgage loans. She was then able to move to Phoenix, AZ, where she continuously worked toward her bachelors degree in business accounting.

Mother, daughter, sister aunt, niece, cousin and friend are only a few ways to describe who Dolores was.. The saying "one of a kind" was truly meant for this women. Her huge heart and smile would put anyone in a better mood just from being in her presence. Dolores loved to have fun. She was not afraid to dance to a catchy tune or spread her huge sense of humor to make someone laugh. She was a seeker of knowledge and took every opportunity to learn something new and share it with others. Some of her favorite past times would include spending time with family and friends; listening to music, cooking, sewing and writing poems and novels.

There were so many days that she was struck with pain from living with complications from Lupus, but she always lived each day as if it were her last. She was the kind of person who would always put others needs before her own. The pride and love that she had for her family and friends is something that can never be duplicated. Her positive outlook, grace, knowledge, compassion, and spirit lives on through her children. Although she left this earth sooner than what we desired, Dolores encompassed the true definition of a Warrior.

"I am a true soldier, despite everything I've been through, I am still here, still standing…"- Dolores Ann McDonald

 

Candace “Cadillac Mama” Jackson Minimize

Candace “Cadillac Mama” Jackson first graced us with her presence on October 10, 1966.

She was a silent warrior; consistently epitomizing strength , courage and grace. In the midst of her most challenging moments, her fortitude was exemplary. Candace possessed great compassion and would sacrifice of herself to assist others in need. She was never one to mince words and possessed the ability to put you in check with great eloquence. Candace was very creative and had a passion for arts and crafts. A visionary and the quintessential entrepreneur, the sky was the limit and she never reduced herself to but a single business endeavor. Her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren and she treasured the opportunity to share time with her friends and family... Candace leaves to carry on her legacy, three devoted children; Cherokee, Jacqee and Najee Jackson.; her father Clyde Jackson , her sister, Calandra Morgan and three grandbabies that she absolutely adored, Calyna Garcia, Demacio Garcia and Ja'Rai Crest.

Following a noble and well fought battle with Lupus, Candace departed this life on September 16, 2011 . Candace, although you will be sorely missed we are blessed and grateful to have had the privilege to cross your path.

Priscilla Ann Coleman Minimize

Priscilla Coleman was born on August 28th, 1965. A life-long learner , Priscilla began her education at Pinello Elementary School where she mastered recess, marbles and kickball. She then moved to the Colorado Springs School and was involved in Student Council and athletics. Her favorite memories of CSS were First Weekend and field trips. She especially liked “solos” and it fueled her passion for writing and the outdoors. Her search for more competitive sports led her to Widefield High School and then on to Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington DC where she graduated with honors. Priscilla attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in broadcast Journalism. While in Omaha, one of her favorite jobs was covering human interest stories for the local television station.

It was in Omaha that Priscilla’s only child, Georgie , was born. Of the many accomplishments she achieved in life, the one that she treasured the most being Georgie’s mother. She was completely dedicated to making certain that Georgie’s days were filled with love, laughter and family. The two of them radiated joy.

After returning to Colorado Springs, one of her favorite jobs was working for American Airlines. Never one to sit still, she continued to work until her health started to fail.

Priscilla was usually the life of the party and loved fishing and fireworks, cookouts and Cadillacs, and drawing and dancing. She loved rocks, roses and robins, tv tag, tambourines and teasing. She also loved horses and helping others, skating and snow, and music and Mama Foo’s cooking.

Priscilla believed that three things sustained her while she was here: Love, Prayers and excellent care from her physicians.

Priscilla was an amazingly and generous woman ! That is proven by the great love that her family and friends shared for her. In behalf half of Priscilla , the Coleman family and the numerous others that waged a noble and well fought battle with Lupus , we commit to forging ahead with our effort until a cause and cure is discovered.

Johnnie Price Minimize

Johnnie Price was born July 12, 1964, in Miami, Florida to Arthur and Ola Span. Johnnie attended Houston-Tillotson University and majored in business management. On May 13, 2000, Johnnie was united in Holy Matrimony to Roslyn Renee Austin Price in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Johnnie had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed all sports and was a star basketball player. He also loved to cook and eat. Johnnie died on May 7th, 2009 after a 25 year battle with Lupus.

A faithful servant and Christian, Johnnie leaves to cherish his memory his: Wife, Roslyn Renee Austin Price; Daughter, Latoya Williams; Adopted Parents, Phillip and Carrie Price; Brothers Arthur Span, Tommie Coley, and Gordon Washington; Sister, Gail Lott; Mother-in-Law, Gloria Williams; Special friend, Valerie Smith; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

N’Deaye Ba Minimize

Christina Johansson was 21 years old when she met and married N’Deaye’s father in her native Sweden in 1971. Their daughter was born the following year, but the marriage soon ended and Christina brought up N’Deaye on her own.

Their move to Britain came in 1992, when N’Deaye decided to apply to drama school in London. Life was tough at first (‘We had to work night and day to earn enough money for her fees,’ remembers Christina), but when N’Deaye graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy in 1996 she found no shortage of agents wanting to represent her. She went on to appear in several prime-time television series, including Trial & Retribution, Sea of Souls and Jericho.

An attempt to establish herself in Hollywood was less successful. ‘She got some work, but it was a struggle,’ says Christina. ‘She was very down-to-earth, and when someone suggested at an audition that she should straighten her teeth she didn’t want to do it. It just wasn’t her scene.’

While in Los Angeles, N’Deaye began to feel the first effects of lupus, suffering from swollen limbs and a series of infections. But these symptoms were short-lived, and what most concerned her when she arrived back in London in the summer of 2000 was the discovery that her mother had contracted leukaemia. Christina believes that the resulting stress aggravated N’Deaye’s own condition.

In the midst of all this N’Deaye met her husband-to-be Jonathan Clements: ‘I am sure it was love at first sight,’ says Christina. ‘I have never heard my daughter so giggly and nervous as when she talked about him.’ The couple moved to Banwell in Somerset. When they married there in June 2002, so exuberant were the celebrations that the bride and groom forgot to cut the wedding cake. Perhaps it was an omen; certainly, their happiness was to be desperately short-lived.

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Lucy O'Donnell Vodden Minimize

Until the end

Never let me go

Love me much, too much ...

You'd never leave me, would you?

You couldn't hurt me, could you?

- from "Never Let Me Go"

That Stacey Kent song was one of Lucy and Ross' favorites; in fact, she burned it on a disc featuring a collection of "their" songs. They played it in the car on the way to their vacation, the one she never returned from. Ross was the love of her life when she was young, but they followed separate paths until meeting by chance years later. They then fell in love again, got married and stayed together until the end.

Vodden accompanied his wife throughout her illness - from the time it was diagnosed and they were told they couldn't have children or even to adopt, because of the way the lupus would limit her life, and throughout the periods when she was confined to the house. She always cared about her physical appearance, her family says, and did not wish to be seen in public swollen and bloated because of the steroid treatments she had. Trained as a nursery-school teacher, O'Donnell Vodden was eventually forced to give up her beloved work with children with special needs. She had also set up an agency for nannies and worked in advertising.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. The disease typically strikes women between the ages of 15 and 50; in most cases, if it is caught in time, it can be controlled and people suffering from it can lead active lives. O'Donnell Vodden didn't have that good fortune: The disease was diagnosed too late, the treatments never helped and her condition worsened, but still no one - including her - believed the end was so near. Her family was always close-knit; the bonds grew stronger after the death of the mother, Katherine.

Jamie O'Donnell spoke to his sister at least once a day. He describes how they used to listen to jazz together and recalls his first gigs, at the 606 Club in Chelsea, which Lucy arranged for him. She came to all of his performances until she took ill.

"She was the most people-loving person I knew," he says. "Always helpful, considerate, interested in everyone, from the waiter who served her to the homeless. And wonderful with children of all kinds. She had a profound and genuine social conscience. Just like our mother, she didn't have a drop of snobbery in her. Every human being was completely equal in her eyes. She had the smile of an angel. She shone a bright light all around her, a light that will never go out."

Ariella Eshed, Jamie's wife, echoes his feelings: "She welcomed me straight away as a member of the family. There was something about her that was welcoming, childish in the pure sense, and also impish. The gifts she brought us were always the most beautiful and the most thoughtful. Last May she told me she had already prepared a present for my birthday although it's only in December.

"A few weeks ago, I enjoyed some quality time with her, before her trip to Norfolk. We met at a friend's wedding, and spoke about various things. There was a pleasant atmosphere. Lucy looked good and was excited about her upcoming trip. The only consolation is that she had that one full day of happiness on the vacation. She saw the sea and was happy. And then it was all over."

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Lucy McGhee Minimize

Ms Lucy McGhee was born on December 10, 1937 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the union of Margaret and Jettie Allen Sr. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1958, and worked at Mountain Bell Telephone Company for many years. Lucy waged a noble and courageous fight with Lupus for nearly 20 years. She is survived by her two sons, Jacob and Derek; one sister, Arletha Lewis; one brother, Jettie Allen Jr.; seven grand-children; one great-grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces. Rest sweetly Lucy, until we meet again...

Brittany Carson Minimize

It has been 7 years since my daughter was diagnosed with the disease known as Lupus. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that affects different parts of the body. In healthy people, the immune system produces antibodies that fight off invaders which could cause damage. For Lupus patients, these same antibodies can't differentiate between harmful invaders and healthy tissue. - Lupus Foundation

In the summer leading to her senior year of high school, my daughter, Brittany, began to complain about problems within her body. She was not a sickly child and I could not understand why she was stricken with such unusual ailments so often. That summer began as a highly anticipated declaration of youth, filled with sunny mountain skies and lots of friends. As time wore on, and school screamed around the corner, she began experiencing unfamiliar pain and strange symptoms.

She began to suffer in silence because she didn't want to concern me with her problems. I honestly began to question whether or not my kid became a hypochondriac! We finally had to face reality and recognize that something was more wrong than surface discomfort. With every visit to the doctor, we both became more and more frustrated; they were treating symptoms and not digging deeper. The pain got worse and the occurrences became more frequent. I was furious!

The visit to the doctor that changed everything came when I began to shout and demand that testing be done. For what, I didn't know, but it had to derive from something being very wrong. No more sending Brittany home with 800 milligram Motrin. No more useless concoctions of Tylenol, mixed with Lidocaine to soothe the mouth pain and sores. No more recommendations of putting Crisco oil on my daughter to alleviate the skin condition; in the blazing heat of August at over 6,000 feet elevation! I was done with Dr. Doolittle and staff and I demanded to have someone who knew what they were talking about!

After many pointless visits, we finally got a physician's assistant who asked the right questions. Instead of shoving medications at us that did not work, he collected Brittany's health history over the past 5 years. He also asked about family health history; I answered. Then the question I never thought I'd hear: "Is there a history of Lupus in your family?" I thought I'd seen a ghost. All the color left my face and my heart went south. An apprehensive "yes" left my mouth before I could convey that Lupus had claimed the life of my mother in 1991.

Although I was glad that someone finally got to what could be the bottom of this mystery, I couldn't help but remember how my mother was in so much misery due to this disease. On with the testing. They took so much blood from Brittany, I prayed that she'd have enough left to live. Conclusively, the results showed that Brittany had Lupus. Within two weeks of this diagnosis her body began to deteriorate even worse. We had to seek a cardiac specialist, who referred us to a thoracic surgeon. They recommended open heart surgery, immediately! She was suspected to have contracted Hepatitis C. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. On and on, the list of ailments seemed to pile up. I couldn't believe what the heck was going on! She was only 17 years old!

Lupus affected Brittany's joints and kidneys worst. She would be so stiff in the morning that she had to get up extra early just to be on time for school. I felt awful for ever questioning her and thinking that she might be a hypochondriac. Work and school had to be put on hold so that I could help her in a more attentive capacity. I still had two other children to care for at the time, but we worked together and overcame adversity. With determination and strength, Brittany graduated from high school. She once told me "...mom, I don't care if I have to crawl across that stage, I WILL GRADUATE!" Many people can take a lesson, right there (including me).

Over the last 7 years, Brittany's been hospitalized many times and has been through excruciating physical pain. Her faith

If I had to name a "hero," it would be Brittany. She suffers, she overcomes. She is challenged, she overachieves. She loses, she wins. She teaches me things about being human that no one else could ever instruct. I'm honored to know her. I'm humbled to be her mom.

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