Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Farewell, my daughter

Our beautiful, witty, spirited daughter has completed her mission in mortality.

To those of you who have cried and laughed with us: our heartfelt thanks. To the many who have called, sent cards, written, blogged, emailed, prayed, and come by: please know how much your thoughts and actions have helped us through this difficult time. To you who have given untold hours of service, beautiful flowers and plants, and food fit for royalty: many thanks. Your contributions of time, talents and funds are greatly appreciated. For the many who traveled from across the country and around the world to be with us: please know your sacrifice is noted with love and gratitude.

My heart is full and my words seem so inadequate to tell each of you how much we love and appreciate all you have said and done for us.

Tyree would not want us to dwell in grief and sorrow, but rejoice that she has returned to the arms of our loving Father in Heaven. I was able to spend a good part of this day with her together with her sister, Shiloh, who lovingly brushed and braided her hair. Jason also came by and visited with Chris, who has been so thoughtful and strong. We are so proud of him and are very thankful for the love and happiness he brought into Tyree's life.

Their sweet daughter, Jocelyn, is very much her mother's daughter. She has Tyree's bright eyes and happy countenance and is such a joy. Tyler has added depth and dimension their family as well as laughter and good times. Chris and Tyler will draw strength from one another and their strong bonds of love will see them through.

Chris' mother, Mary, and sister, Natalie, have come and been such a support to Chris, Tyler and Jocelyn, and also to our extended family. Their love and help have carried us when we stumbled. Having them here has been a great blessing.

Services for Tyree are being finalized and will be posted when we know more. Again, please know that we have felt your love and been strengthened beyond measure by your prayers.


At 6:08 AM, Anonymous juliana said...

I am so very sorry! Tyrees death has inpired me to get the word out about PPCM!
May her memory be eternal.

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Dawn Farr said...

I think the Ty's miracle was that she was able to live a whole week without life support. That is a testament to her strong will and love for being with her family. While I am sad that she is no longer with us I also feel some relief that she can now be with her daughter and other family that have passed on.

Congratulations Ty! You did it! We will miss you and always love you! Thank you for your wonderful example and for the legacy you have left behind. This is not goodbye...just see you later!

At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled
The lark's on the wing;
The snaill's on the thorn;
God's in his heaven-
All's right with the world!

by: Robert Browning

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Erin Martineau said...

I feel so saddened for your loss and so touched by your faith. My heartfelt sympathies are with you.

I know this is difficult to discuss, but Tyree could benefit so many others who could develop PPCM by furthering medical research of pregnancy-associated heart disease if heart tissue is preserved for intensive study. If this avenue is of interest to you, you may contact Dr. James D. Fett via www.amothersheart.org.

You are a beautiful family. I am grateful for the impression you all and Tyree have made on me. Please take care and know that my family prays for peace and God's love to be with you all.

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Johnson Family,
It is so sad to hear of Tyree's passing. I just wanted you to know I have been following the blog daily and my prayers have been with you all, and Tyree especially. My heart has been with you these past weeks, and I will continue to pray for peace and comfort for all the family.
Much love,
Julie Lundell
Tyree's cousin in Utah

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are truly inspirational.

God bless Tyree, her husband, her children and all of her family.

It is so hard to make sense of PPCM. A thread to honor Tyree



At 8:03 AM, Blogger Derek & Kelli said...

Our deepest prayers for you at this time. We just arrived back home this morning and wished we could drive right back to hug all of you. What a precious experience we had to see Ty on Thursday and tell her we loved her, and thank her for all she had done for us. We do think she was waiting for everyone to have that final opportunity with her. She was so kind and giving, and how befitting of her to wait until we were all ready. We know the family was busy with all of the visitors of family and friends, and we thank you for taking the time to visit with us. We are sad to lose her, but know that your lives will continue to be blessed as she is held in all your hearts. I hope someday to see Jocelyn in her mother's wedding dress, and that I can share the story of her mother's kindness to let me wear it. I had never met Ty, but my husband lived with the Johnson's for a summer and Erika is married to his brother. What joy I had to know that I had a wedding dress! And what kindness and compassion for others Ty showed for letting someone else wear it. I hope to learn from her unconditional love for others. I also wish to thank Chris and Tyler and Jocelyn. I am sorry for the loss, but gratefull for the experience. I am a convert to the church. I always believed the church's teaching of eternal families. I have a testimony of these things. But as we have learned, many things take actions. Tyree is my "verb". She is my action word. She has allowed me to "exercise" that faith. I have lived for 29 years thinking of death as final. This is the first I have experienced where I know she is there and spending time with her family on the other side until she is re-united with those still in this life. Seems that Ty was a great teacher to many people, about many things. But she was a missionary for me to the end and I know she is with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and her Emily too. We should just tell her to save us all a spot. We will be doing our best and looking forward to seeing her again soon. Again, our deepest sympathies, heartfelt prayers, and comforting thoughts we are sending your way. Chris, Jocelyn, Tyler, Jennifer, Ivan, Erika, Shiloh, Travis, Jason, Joel, and all the extended family and Ty's dear friends around the world... we love you and are saddened by your loss. May we all carry some of Ty with us in our hearts and strive to live on the straight and narrow path... as she has done so well. This way we can all be together again soon.

All our love,
Derek and Kelli Barry & Family

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have checked this site several times a day, for news of this special daughter of God, my good friend Tyree. Now, upon reading this latest entry, I am torn between the sadness I feel for Chris' and her parents' loss, and the joy I feel for those in the spirit world who will be taught the restored gospel by one who knows it so well. I can imagine the young women who are there, to whom she will minister, and I am glad they will have the opportunity to receive what we have received from her. But I am also selfish, and would that she had remained with her good family, instead.
I do not believe she became a wonderful person by accident. I thank you, her parents, for the preparation she received. My heart goes out to you in my prayers. May you all receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Chris, my friend, words fail me. I marvel at the trust our Heavenly Father has in you, to assume this new role singly. I do not say alone, for you are not alone. In addition to Him, you have a wonderful group to assist you. I have told you before, that you remind me of Nathanael, of whom the Savior said, was truly a man in whom there is no guile.
Please forgive my clumsiness in expressing myself.
Vernon L. Garrett
Covington, Georgia

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous grace said...

My prayers are with you and your family as you move from fighting to grieving. Your families strength is an inspiration and should be seen by all so people can know and see, life is not to be taken for granted. The posts about Ty have shown God does truly give uo life, and though Ty's was cut so short, she was able to give everyone more to believe in. Our faith is what sustains us, it doesn't matter what religion, or background, just that God does provide. You're families togetherness and compassion is why Ty is the wasy she is. Not only did she recieve a gift From God, but from you as well. I am just taken abck by all the post to her and your family reconizing what a wondeful person she was, and though she may have knownit, I'm guessing she just thought she was like everyone else. That is always the true sign of a wonderful person. Her spirit will live on eith her daughter and I'm sure you will see ty in her more and more.
I hope and pray that this time will keep you close as a family because you certainly have shown to everyone what a true and wonderful family you are.

God Bless,

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family has been keeping Tyree and all your family in our thoughts and prayers the last few weeks. I am so sad for your loss. Tyree was such a great example of someone who gave Christ-like love to all she came in contact with. She always brightened my day when I saw her. I know that we have all been truly blessed to have had her in our lives. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.
Jodi Havranek

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet Heaven is a happy place today. Tyree had the ability to make you smile and laugh everytime she visited with you. I moved from Cottonwood nearly a year ago and have been following the blog. She was a loyal fruit canner that learned to can with me at the church. I learned alot about her and her family while we worked and how very much she loved you.

I remember when she was looking a bit green one Sunday and I ask her if she was ok. She took me aside and whispered in my ear that she was going to have a baby and made me promise to not tell. She sent me pictures of her new miracle and was so very proud.

I don't think that Heavenly Father was expecting this and it happened so very fast. I'm sure that He told Tyree to just hold on for a few more days until He made her place ready. And as usual Tyree was obedient. Heavenly Father is so lucky to have her back. I know though that He grieves for those left behind and for the empty place she left. I don't think that Heavenly Father plans these kinds of things to happen but lets free agency take its course. Miracles happen and that is why she was here. She made them happen everyday.

Chris, My prayers will continue. Remember that she is close and she needs to hear your laugh. She left you a miracle. Love her and shelter her but help her to know that she has a royal legacy left by her mother. Keep a smile for she is watching over you. Just find a quiet place and listen. Tyree will let you know she is ok and that she loves you.

I have missed Tyree since I've left Cottonwood but her kindness and happy spirit will continue to bring a smile to my heart. Keep that spirit alive.

I pray everyday that your family can make it through. Cry but keep her smile in you heart.

Tyree, I'll see you at the gate and I know I will hear you laughing.

With all my love,
Judy Peterson

At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Dan, Alicia, Colton, Sterling, Ryland & Dacie Sorensen said...

My heart is heavy, My husbad had a hard time sleeping last night before we even got the news.But,we are so grateful Tyree gave us time to find the peace we needed to let her go.

I promise Tyree we will help with Jocelyn,lots of sleepovers and play dates! (and I will still save one of my sons for her, as we joked about).

Our families arms will always be open for Tyler and Chris.

We love you our dear friend.Welcome Home Tyree-Welcome home

Dan,Alicia,Colton,Sterling,Ryland &Dacie Sorensen

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Among all the facts of mortality, nothing is so certain as its deathly end. How tragic, how poignant is the sorrow of those left behind. The grieving widow, the motherless child, the father bereft and alone—all of these can speak of the wounds of parting.

But thanks be to God for the wonder and the majesty of His eternal plan. Thank and glorify His Beloved Son, who, with indescribable suffering, gave His life on Calvary’s cross to pay the debt of mortal sin. He it was who, through His atoning sacrifice, broke the bonds of death and with godly power rose triumphant from the tomb. He is our Redeemer, the Redeemer of all mankind. He is the Savior of the world. He is the Son of God, the Author of our salvation.

“If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14). This is the great universal question framed by Job. He spoke what every other living man or woman has pondered. The Christ alone, of all the millions who up to that time had walked the earth, was the first to emerge from the grave triumphant, a living soul complete in spirit and body. He became “the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Cor. 15:20). Were greater words ever spoken than those of the angel that first resurrection morn—“Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matt. 28:6).

His death sealed the testimony of His love for all mankind. His Resurrection opened the gates of salvation to the sons and daughters of God of all generations.

In all of history there has been no majesty like His majesty. He, the mighty Jehovah, condescended to be born to mortal life in a stable of Bethlehem. He grew as a boy in Nazareth and “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

During the three years of His earthly ministry, He did what none other had ever done before; He taught as none other had previously taught.

He was taken by rough and crude hands, and in the night, contrary to the law, was brought before Annas, and then Caiaphas, the wily and evil officer of the Sanhedrin. There followed early the next morning the second appearance before this scheming, vicious man. Then He was taken to Pilate, the Roman governor, to whom his wife said in warning, “Have thou nothing to do with that just man” (Matt. 27:19). The Roman, thinking to evade responsibility, sent Him to Herod, the corrupt, debauched, and evil tetrarch of Galilee. Christ was abused and beaten. His head was crowned with sharp and platted thorns; a mocking robe of purple was thrown upon His bleeding back. Again He was taken before Pilate, to whom the mob cried, “Crucify him, crucify him” (Luke 23:21).

With stumbling steps He walked the way to Golgotha, where His wounded body was nailed to the cross in the most inhumane and pain-ridden method of execution that sadistic minds could conjure.

Yet He cried out, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

The hours passed as His life ebbed in pain. The earth shook; the veil of the temple was rent. From His parched lips came the words, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (Luke 23:46).

It was over. His mortal life was finished. He had offered it as a ransom for all.
Victory over Death
Gone were the hopes of those who loved Him. Forgotten were the promises He had made. His body was hurriedly but tenderly placed in a borrowed tomb on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath. That Sabbath came and went. Then, early in the morning of Sunday, Mary Magdalene and other women came to the tomb. They wondered as they hurried how the stone might be rolled from the door of the sepulchre. Arriving, they saw an angel who spoke to them: “I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matt. 28:5–6).

It had never before happened. The empty tomb was the answer to the question of the ages. Well did Paul say: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55).

The miracle of that resurrection morning, that first Easter Sunday, is a miracle for all mankind. It is the miracle of the power of God, whose Beloved Son gave His life to atone for the sins of all, a sacrifice of love for every son and daughter of God. In so doing He broke the seals of death.

All of us will die. But that will not be the end. Just as He in the spirit world taught those who were capable of being taught, even so shall each of us continue as individual personalities capable of learning and teaching and other activities.

And just as He took up His body and came forth from the tomb, even so shall all of us enjoy a reunion of body and spirit to become living souls in the day of our own resurrection.

We rejoice, therefore, as do many, and as should all mankind, when we remember the most glorious, the most comforting, the most reassuring of all events of human history—the victory over death.

(Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, 1997)

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Johnson/Miller family,

Please know our hearts go out to your family and we send our deepest sympathies for the loss of such a wonderful person. It is not hard to see how much Tyree was respected and admired by not only my little family, but so many others who have expressed their thoughts and memories of Tyree on this site. Tyree was a person of great strength and character and impacted so many lives forever. What a comfort it is to have the knowledge that we do of living again with our families after this mortal life. We know Tyree will continue to be with you in your hearts and your minds. May you hold on to the fond and happy memories you have of her and may they continue to give you the strength you need at this difficult time. The courage and strength your family has displayed have inspired us. We know Tyree will have great peace and happiness where she is now and have no doubt she will do tremendous work there. May the comforting spirit continue to attend each one of you is our prayer.

All our love,
Ronnie, Rebecca, Hunter and Cody Hall

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Veronica Welker said...

Please Don’t Cry
Veronica Welker (4/17/07)

Please don’t cry,
You know deep in your heart that this is not our Good-Bye;
I leave you now, but for a while, you must be strong,
Please don’t cry.

Think instead of the moments we’ve shared,
The days we lived without a care;
Live for the joy with which you’re blessed
A new dawn for you and for me rest.

You’re not alone, this you must know,
You have angels above, and loving family below.
My love is with you, my blood, my flesh,
See it there in my baby fresh.

Where I am now, you too will be,
Joined forever by sacred ties, a family for eternity;
You must not be sad, think instead of our joyous reunion,
Be strong, be faithful, be true, be glad.

Please don’t cry,
I am surrounded, I’m not alone, loving arms greet me, what joyful song!
I leave you now, but for a while, you must be strong,
Please don’t cry.

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family shows great strength and love by sharing Tyree's PPCM story with the world. I cannot thank you enough, and I know we're all grateful to have had this chance to share, in some small way, in Tyree's brave fight.

In times like these it is easy for a family to huddle close and shut the rest of the world out. Instead, you chose to bring us in. I don't think mere words can describe the impact this has had on so many of us. Tyree is an inspiration to many of us to help spread the word about PPCM. Her strength was amazing and her spirit beautiful.

Your family has also inspired me, proving that anyone can have a profound positive effect on people half a world away. I don't know if I could have opened my life so selflessly in such a time, and I now realize by not doing so, much would be lost.

My prayers for Tyree are for comfort and joy and peace with her Heavenly Father. My prayers for your family are for many blessings and abundant love, and comfort in knowing that Tyree is in a beautiful place now and has touched so many lives.

God's will is an amazing and complex miracle. We may not always know His plan, but have faith that He knows our path.


At 10:31 AM, Blogger Sandee Tenney said...

Dear Chris and Tyler,

Oh how we have loved you and your sweet family. Rhett and I have prayed for you and Tyree's family that you might be comforted and granted strength from the Lord to pass through this trial.

Tyree is a bright light in our lives and we will ever remember her example of optimism and selfless service. We are sure she has a great work waiting for her in the next life.

Although we only have two months left in Cottonwood our home is open to you. Sandee is home all day and would be priveledged to help with Jocelyn. If you are feeling like a game, come over we miss you.

Rhett and Sandee Tenney

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Laree said...

To the Johnson's, Millers, Barry's and Murillo's:

Who knew that there would come a time that I would be speechless. :) No matter how much you prepare, a loss such as this is never any easier.

Thank you all so very much for allowing Tyree to come into my life and be my best friend. I just sit here and remember all of the fun times that we've had with each other and with the rest of you! She was never afraid to share her family and in fact...always made me feel like I was one of you...and in turn...you all welcomed me with open arms.

Thank you so much...for all of those happy memories. Even though she will not be with us in the physical sense, I know she will always be with us in spirit. We will never lose touch, as Tyree has blessed us with a bond that although is not "blood" is just as strong.

Chris, Tyler and Jocelyn... my mom and I will continue to be there for the 3 of you. We promised Tyree that we would always be a part of your lives...and we keep our promises. I just can't wait to tell Jocelyn about all of the funny things that her mother and I did as kids.

I must say that on that recent Saturday afternoon when I held Jocelyn, I knew her mom was watching over us. Maybe that's why Jocelyn's diaper proceeded to leak all over me. :) That's just the thing that Tyree would have told her daughter to do...as a little joke on her best friend.

Tyree...you'll always be in my thoughts and memories. I will love you forever.

B/F/F - Laree

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry to hear of Ty's passing. I know that she is in a better place. It's wonderful to know that we will be able to see her again one day. I know that Tyree is watching over you all and will always be there with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Matt Ottosen

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so blessed to have the knowledge of the Atonement in our lives. I know that her passing is hard for many. Us included. But I also know that Heavenly Father has other plans for her. Tyree was on this earth to find her way home. HOw luck she is that she gets to return. I hope she can be an example to her daughter always. I know tat Jocelyn will be waatched over and protected by the wonderful spirit of her Mother. Also by the awesome family she still has on this earth.

Please know that our prayers and love are with you.

Love The Echols, Andy, Rachel, Kayla, Jayson & Tobey

At 7:33 PM, Blogger AmberMReed said...

I am going to miss Tyree's beautiful Smile I am so grateful that I had the wonderful oppertunity to get to know her and be friends with her. She is one of those people that you see and just hope that you will be friends she has the sweetest spirit she was my first friend at Church we took Landen & Jocelyn to Baby Massage together! She will be missed so much! I hope she will give my COusin Jake a hug for me! Let me know if I can help with anything! My prayers and heart are still with her and your Family!
Love Always Bryan, Amber & Landen Reed

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is a song that I thought of when I heard about Ty.


Who can say for certain
Maybe you’re still here
I feel you all around me
Your memories so clear

Deep in the stillness
I can hear you speak
You’re still an inspiration
Can it be (? )
That you are mine
Forever love
And you are watching over me from up above

Fly me up to where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile to know you’re there
A breath away’s not far
To where you are

Are you gently sleeping
Here inside my dream
And isn’t faith believing
All power can’t be seen

As my heart holds you
Just one beat away
I cherish all you gave me everyday
’cause you are mine
Forever love
Watching me from up above

And I believe
That angels breathe
And that love will live on and never leave

Fly me up
To where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile
To know you’re there
A breath away’s not far
To where you are

I know you’re there
A breath away’s not far
To where you are

Ty you still are an inspiration to us all. You are greatly missed.

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is another song that I thought of

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up... To more than I can be.

Tyree You did rasie people up. I thank you for all the kindness you showed me when e first moved down here. I love and miss you

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Karyn Biller said...

God bless your family! I've been following Tyree's story with my PPCM board (A Mother's Heart) and her life has inspired us. You ALL are in our prayers and we send our deepest sympathy.

Karyn (not too far from you in Glendale, AZ)

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Cindy Johnson said...

It is strange how a memory can sneak up and catch you by surprise. I was at Mutual tonight and the young women were practicing a song for camp, and suddenly I was back at Camp LoMia, laughing and joking with Ty when both our wards were there at the same time. Her love for, and enjoyment of, the young women in her ward was so apparent! The song we will be singing has always touched me, now more than ever. This is for you, Tyree, and all those you have loved:

Walk Tall, You're a Daughter of God
Words and Music by Jamie Glenn

Right now I have a prayer deep within my heart,
A prayer for each of you there is a special part.
That you remember who you are and Him who lives above.
Please seek for Him and live His way;
You'll feel His love.

Walk tall, you're a daughter, a child of God.
Be strong and remember who you are.
Try to understand, you're part of His great plan.
He's closer than you know,
Reach up, He'll take your hand.

Long before the time you can remember,
Our Father held you in His arms so tender.
Those loving arms released you as He sent you down to earth.
He said, "My child, I love you.
Don't forget your great worth."

This life on earth we knew would not be easy.
At times we lose our way His path we may not see.
But remember always that you are not alone.
He'll take your hand, He loves you!
He will guide you home.

Walk tall, you're a daughter, a child of God.
Be strong and remember who you are.
Try to understand, you're part of His great plan.
He's closer than you know,
Reach up, he'll take your hand.

Aunt Cindy

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miller/Johnson families,

I was saddened to hear about your loss. What I will always remember about Tyree is that she was always smiling. I often wondered what made her so happy. She was always fun to see and to be around, her happiness was contagious.

You will all continue to be in our prayers and thoughts.

Brent Egnew

At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Cindy Smith said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I am so priviliged to have been a part of your sweet Ty's life. She will forever live in the thoughts and actions of me and my daughter Mandi. I know my Mandi will become a great woman in this life, because of the influence Tyree had on her...she will always have a part of Tyree living in her!
I love you all!

Chris, give Tyler and Jocelyn a big hug from me and please don't forget us out here in GA. I am here for you what ever you need and I know how to get to Arizona!!
Take care and know that Tyree is there watching over you, she has great faith in the things you can do. She loves you! Your Heavenly Father loves you and He will guide and direct you through this life, just attend the temple...listen....believe....keep your eye on the prize!
I pray for you every day, that will not stop!
Your friend,
Cindy Smith


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