Our beautiful Indy Llew returned to heaven after a brave and valiant journey with cancer. Her soul was peacefully called home as she was surrounded by those who love her most. She opened her big brown eyes and looked right in to her mothers, as she took her last breath at 11:11 pm.
Indys life was a miracle of love. For 3 and a half years we watched her fight with giggles & grit, determination & cheer. We marveled at her resilience and ability to overcome unthinkable odds. We witnessed miracles of profound greatness. We witnessed miracles in others as Indy’s bright spirit touched lives around the world. Her strength, her light, and the great love she shared with us will be carried upon our hearts for the rest of time. The way God and Indy worked together to move mountains left the world in awe, and will never be forgotten. Indy loved her family deeply and was so dedicated to the ones who loved her most. She carried us through the hard parts as we carried her. Indy loved and cared for her sister Birdy so sweetly. If Birdy cried Indy cried. When Birdy laughed Indy laughed. She felt everything her sister felt in such a special way. Birdy stepped into her role as little-big sister quickly, caring for Indy like a little nurse, holding her hand during the hard parts and hugging her when she was sad. The two of them together were the joy of their parents hearts. Brian and Terah have dedicated their lives to their little girls and to Indy’s health. They lived every day of Indy’s life with intention and love. They lived in a way that would allow them to always look back with no regrets. They cherished and made the most of every moment together.
Indy was sweet & simple and easy to please. She was truly always happy. She was gentle, strong, and always exuded the purest love. She found the greatest joy in her snacks and shows, her “dinna”, facetime calls with grandparents, and all the rides on her razor, golf cart, wagon, and spyder. Before graft vs host disease took away her ability to move freely Indy enjoyed daily, mile long walks with her little pink shopping cart and baby stroller.
She lived for play dates with her grandmother and best friend, Mamma Kat. Every morning when we asked Indy what she wanted to do that day she always replied, “Mamma kats-es house”. No one could make Indy laugh quite like her Mamma. The two of them together were an unstoppable force of happiness and joy. Indy loved and cherished all of her grandparents. Mamma Kat and Grandpa Shaner, Grandma Susannie and her ‘Pops’ Randy, and Grandpa Shane who she saved with her light. In her own magical way she changed them all.
Indy was loved and adored by many cousins, aunts and uncles, and close friends. Cancer made our time with them sporadic, but when we had the privilege of spending time together Indy was the center of it all. She especially loved spending time with her cousin Colston, who loved her so sweetly. He shaved his head with her when she was going through treatments and came over almost daily to see Indy.
When Indy grabbed on to someone she loved, she held them close and wanted them as part of her daily routine. How blessed we are to have been a part of her world.
The journey has been so incredibly heartbreaking but so beautiful all at once. Our family was knit closer together through the struggles and the Hand of God was never more clear. Indy was the center of our world and the light of our home. She was an angel here on earth and has left us all with a better version of ourselves. We are a bit brighter, a bit stronger, a bit happier because we got to know and love Indy. The impact Indy had on the world has been humbling and miraculous to witness. Her miracle is not over because death is not the end. Her love has not come to an end because love transcends. Her flame has not burned out because her soul lives on for eternity. She is an eternal light, burning bright…
She is our magical Indy Llew.
MAY 19, 2016- JUNE 3, 2021