Friday, April 06, 2007

I Believe

Dear Tyree, (and anyone else who wants to read)
I was so happy to see you at the Hospice today. You look so beautiful. I am so happy you are free of most of the machines, tubes and wires that you had before. You are still so gorgeous.

I believe your spirit can see and hear and communicate with us, even though with your body you have difficulty. I am grateful you held my hand and opened your eyes. You are in such a beautiful facility now. When we drove up, Isaak said, “Mommy, this is a pretty place!” Your room looks great with flowers—Chris gave you three big bunches of daisies—your favorite. I am so grateful Aunah and Isaak were allowed to come see you and talk to you even though they were too shy to say much. They put a lot into their pictures for you, Aunah especially.

I believe you could hear me the other day when I sang about being with the Savior. I could see your response—even tears. I felt like you really can’t wait to go live with Jesus Christ forever. I was happy but so sad too. I didn’t want you to leave us to go live with Him. Oh Tyree, we love you SOO MUCH!!! We would love for you to stay here and live with us. But, if you are ready, and you need to go be with Him and many other loved ones, we will let you go. We’ll see you soon.

Sarah Jane


At 10:27 PM, Blogger Kate said...

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At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Johnson family! We love you and continue to pray for you all and Tyree. Your faith and love are a true strength and amazing example to all of us. Sarah, thank you for this lovely letter to Tyree. Love support and hugs from the Hens in CA.

Bethany et al

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a beloved sister. I will miss you. To wish you to stay would be selfish to say good-bye is heart wrenching.
I take great comfort in the scriptures and compare you to the good servant of the lord. Matt. 25:21
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Go in peace, run into the arms of your Heavenly Father he is waiting.

I love and miss you.

Your brother,


At 2:16 AM, Anonymous Bren said...

Searching for any information on Tyree, I came across this blog. We nurses at Banner Estrella wish that we could have done more to assist you in her care. Tyree and family are in our hearts and our prayers. She is blessed to have such a caring family, just as your are blessed by her soul. You have touched our hearts deeply.

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tyree,

Words will never be able to express the love and appreciation I have for you. Even though I only met you one time at son-in-law Robert Strasser's birthday party, I feel as if I've known you much longer. Why? Because you have truly loved my daughter who felt so alone moving into a new ward when she married Robert. You became her best friend and, for that alone, you are mine as well. She always spoke of you in glowing terms - never anything negative for you are totally positive. How I wish my students could have known you as well. Thank you for loving Leisha, only seeing the good in her, and allowing her to love Jocelyn too. She and I look forward to seeing you again.

Love and friendship,

Kay Boyce

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Shanna Aten said...

I thought long and hard about making the trip to Arizona to visit Tyree, but I feel that I am where I need to be right now. I would like to share a conversation I had with Tyree a while back. We were discussing the Terri Schiavo situation, and I am not sure what I would have done had I been her husband (although I supported the husband's right to make the decision.) Tyree sad that she felt he made the absolute right call. She felt that to continue being tied to a body and brain that could no longer function was robbing her spirit of the opportunity to progess and continue with her mission on the other side. She was very emphatic that in such a situation, death was a necessary doorway we must walk through to continue our divinely appointed missions. I am grateful that her family is in tune with her desires.

I love and miss Tyree. After she lost Emily we planted pansies together as a small way to look to the future with hope. I will always think of tyree when I see and plant pansies. I know she is looking forward to a glorious reunion with Emily, and is trusting Chris to take care of Jocelyn and Tyler in her absence.

At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so hard to believe we have to say good-bye. I will treasure the time I spent working with you in Young Womens. You are a shining example to us all. I hope all who know you will remember the strength of your testimony. You have always been so willing to serve and reach out to others. I have always admired your ability to see the influence of the spirit in your life, even in difficult circumstances. I hope to be more like you.

Thank you for your example. I'll miss you.

Your friend,

Jennifer Brown

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Shiloh and Eduardo said...

As our family journeys together in celebration of Tyree's new hope on the other side, I am proud to say that I am a part of that. She is my little sister and always showed me what a true woman lived like. Tyree is the most compassionate and tender hearted diva. She has lived her life to it's fullest and has always looked at the bright side of things even when we couldn't. Tyree, My prayer for you is that you will sleep with the angels in heaven. I love you so dearly.
Shiloh fyovf

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

I am so very sad to have to say good bye to such a good friend. I know where you are going you will be with your beautiful daughter. You have great work to do to be called so early. Your family and friends need you here but as said the family and friends on the other side need you more. I love you and all the wonderful things you have done for my sister and me. I will miss you greatly. Jessica, Derick, Brock Fringer
P.S. Please give baby Dakota a hug and kiss for me

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has possibly been one of the hardest things I have ever been through in my life so far... But through it my testimony of eternal families has been tested and grown. I know that you have fulfilled your goals in life and in the process you have touched the lives of many!!! Including mine, you have been there for me when I needed someone to talk to and I know that your sweet spirit is still there when ever I need it. As we had our lesson in relief society today I know your spirit was there with us, and we all felt it. I will never forget all the times we just talked about my boy issues and our walks around the block... Thank you for all that you have done for me and for the lives you have impacted along the way!!! I love you with all of my heart and know you and your family are truely blessed for all you have done!!! I love and miss you!!!

Your friend,

Jennifer Willoughby

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Cecilia Portuguez said...

Para los qhu ame y me amaron:
Cuando me haya hido, desprendanse y dejen me ir. Tengo tanatas cosas que ver y hacer, no deven atarme a sus lagrimas.
Sean felices tubimos tantos anos huntos y yo les di mi amor.
Ustedes solo podran tratar de adivinar cuanta felicidad me dieron, les doy las gracias por todo el amor qhe cada uno de ustedes me dio.
Pero haora es tiempo de que yo viaje sola. A si esque, si se sienten tristes por mi haganlopor un rato nadamas despues.... qhu su tisteza se comveirta en confianza y fe.
Es solo por un momento que vamos a estar separados a que veanme en los recuerdos de su corazon.
Yo no estare lejos porque la vida continua. Aun que no me pradran ver ni tocar yo estare cerca.
y si me oyen con su corazon escuchan a su alrededor muy suave y clara mente mi amor. Luego, cuando les toce venir por este mismo camino, yo saldre a recibir los con una sonrisa y a darles la vinbenida a su casa.

With all our love and respect to all of you,
Paco Portuguez and Family


Dear sister Erika Barry,
We miss love you and we miss you. We also send all of your blessings to your sister and your family

Fam. Portuguez

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stop the tears from coming when I read the last information about your condition. I am so so sad that you will not be there at family gatherings and we will not be able to see your infectious smile and laughter. But I know that in my heart you will always be here. We will all smile and laugh for you and even cry for you. I am so thankful that you called me soon after my baby was born. I thought, I have never really gotten to have a long conversation over the phone and that it was so nice to speak with each other, other than with family around. I will make sure that Reese will know Jocelyn and can love her and feel the special relationship you share as family. You are an angel and have always been one and I know that it is just now that you have to go back to do much needed work. I truly love you dear cousin and I will not say good-bye but see you soon.
Love, Cousin Carrie

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Kelli Gose said...

As I've been preparing myself for this
outcome, it is still quite hard to accept it.
I met Tyree some years ago when she moved into our ward in Georgia. She was going to be our young women's camp adviser. She seemed fun, and she was. The young women were all attached to her, and we loved her. We grew up along side her.
With all of the Slumber parties and random adventures it was nice getting to know her. She helped me personally in many ways, and gave me confidence in my abilities.
She is a very strong person, so strong as one might think she could never possibly be defeated. I have so many memories of Tyree, and she will always live on inside of those memories.
It's amazing the strength her family and friends have shown. I pray for your comfort in this time. I know Tyler and Jocelyn will be well off with Chris by their side.
I will miss Tyree, and will always love her.



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