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Sadness in the Sandhills

Postby Soapweed » Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:18 pm

Last Sunday evening, a little neighbor girl had a bad fall from her horse and died as a result of her head hitting a feed bunk. She was a wonderful little brown-eyed beauty, four and a half years old, always cheerful, and just everybody's little sweetheart. Her lifetime desire was to be a cowgirl, and she just loved horses. She didn't grow to be very old, but she touched the heartstrings of a lot of people in her brief appearance on Earth. We will all miss her very much. Her funeral was today.

There were about 35 riders that escorted the funeral procession to the cemetery. Her dad led her riderless horse, with her little chaps and spurs hung over the saddlehorn. Her two big brothers rode immediately behind. It was all very heart wrenching and the experience will long live in the minds of those who were there.

Here are some pictures. The original photos were nice and clear, but they downloaded onto Photobuckets rather fuzzy. Sorry they are not more clear and sharp.

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Postby Northern Rancher » Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:51 pm

That is too sad for words.

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Postby Denny » Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:57 pm

I could not imagine the pain and sorrow very very sad....

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Postby DJL » Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:07 pm

So very, very sad. My heart goes out to the family and all who knew her.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

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Postby Haytrucker » Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:49 am

Soapweed, thanks so much for sharing the pictures. Obviously there are better times, our thoughts and prayers have been with them all week. The big guy on the yellow horse is my younger brother, you probably know where he works. What a fitting tribute. Coping with such a tragedy will hopefully be aided by such a supportive communuty.

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Postby nr » Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:55 am

Losing the youngest ones and the youth, incredibly and sadly difficult to even try to understand. Prayers for their family.
A reminder we're only passing through.

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Postby Rowdy Ranch » Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:49 am

THank you for the photos-must of been very hard on everyone,but God must have needed a little cowgirl and she will be well cared for as she must have completed her job on this earth in the eyes of God.
Glad you and your family are home from vacation,safely.

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Postby Liberty Belle » Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:45 am

Soapweed,
Thanks for sharing this with us. We'll add her family to our prayer list. One of the saddest stories in our neighborhood happened years ago. The neighbor boy was sent out to entertain his little sister while their mother frosted her birthday cake. She turned eight years old that day and wanted to ride while the children were banned from the house.
Her brother got off his horse to open a gate and her horse spooked for some reason, throwing her off and catching her foot in the stirrup. She was dragged to death before her 10 year old brother could catch her horse.
The little girl was the first one of several children buried out in a little cemetery plot on the prairie. Her parents and her brother never really recovered from her death.
We have a funeral here today. A dear friend of mine died of cancer this week at 58 and we will bury him in the little prairie cemetery at Prairie City. There has been too much sadness lately.

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Postby Clarence » Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:13 am

Sad, but a time like this shows the care and concern of your friends and neighbors. The little girl will never be forgotten by her parents, neither will the expressions of deep sympathy by their friends.

If you look at the pictures. you will see Saddletramp, Soapweed, Mrs. Soapweed, I think Soapweeds son, and Bob M.

These pictures are priceless, they show the kind of people they are, and the kind of community they live in. I believe, that when you really come down it it, that is one of the reasons we are farmers and ranchers and chose to live where we are.

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Postby feeder » Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:48 am

Well said, Clarence. I think you put into words exactly the sentiments of many on this board. God be with all those who need a comforting hand.

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Postby greg » Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:14 pm

SAD, but what a beautiful send off for a obviously special little girl.... prayers go out to her family and freinds

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Postby Cal » Sat Aug 13, 2005 5:47 pm

I feel so bad for that family. I don't think I'm going to let my kid out of my reach for a while.


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