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Madeleine Reese James

June 11, 2005 – March 13, 2011

Rest in peace, Maddie. Heaven just gained a truly beautiful and spirited angel, and we will miss you with every fiber of our being.

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  • bessie.viola

    March 14, 2011 at 8:34 am

    In tears. What a beautiful spirit she was, and is.

  • Angella

    March 14, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Hugs to you and yours, Sarah. Love you guys.

  • andrea

    March 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Thinking of all of you today. xoxo

  • bethany actually

    March 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Oh, Sarah. I’m so very sorry. Love to you and all your family.

  • am'ti b

    March 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    thinking of you all.

  • steph

    March 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Praying prayers for comfort and peace!

  • Luisa

    March 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I’m so, so sorry.

  • Amy

    March 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Thinking of you and your family today. I’m so sorry for this loss.

  • chai am woman

    March 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

    big, tight hugs and squeezes to your family.

  • Allison

    March 14, 2011 at 8:51 am

    My heart breaks for you and your family. Much love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Mama Bub

    March 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

    So many thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Heather

    March 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Thinking of you and Maddie today. Big hugs to Maddie’s family. I’m going to hug my little ones a lot today.

  • Jenny

    March 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Even though you all knew this was coming, it still breaks my heart in a million pieces to see this. So many hugs to you and your family. I’m thinking about you all.

  • Annika

    March 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

    So sorry for your loss, Sarah.

  • Mary

    March 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Oh, Sarah. I am so, so sorry. Sending so many prayers to you & your family.

  • monstergirlee

    March 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Such a beautiful little girl, I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart aches for you and the whole family. Prayers for all.

  • pdxhadey

    March 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

    That just took my breath away. My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your sweet Madeleine.

  • Emily

    March 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Sarah, I’m so sorry. I’m thinking of you and your family today and sending you lots of love.
    xoxo

  • Annie

    March 14, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Please be assured of the prayers of my family for yours. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Sincerely, Jenni

    March 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

    What a beautiful little girl, and what a sad story. I had to follow the link to read about her, and the tears are flowing. She has such a beautiful face, my goodness– just beautiful.

    My thoughts are with you.

  • Laura

    March 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Oh no, it sounds like that was much sooner than expected. I’m so sorry for the pain your family is going through and wish you peace and comfort.

  • Cyrie

    March 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

    xoxoxoxo. positive thoughts and prayers to you and yours…

  • Amy

    March 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

    There are no words. I’m so sorry and saying prayers for all of you.

  • verdemama

    March 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

  • Michelle

    March 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

    My heart & prayers are with you and your family.

  • amber

    March 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Heartbreaking, what a beautiful little angel. My prayers are with you & her family.

  • Ashley

    March 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Sending prayers your way, what a beautiful little girl!

  • San

    March 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I am so sorry :(

  • Mir

    March 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’m so sorry, Sarah. Prayers for your family.

  • Carrie

    March 14, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear this, Sarah. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Nicole

    March 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Sending you all love and comfort. I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so, so sorry.

  • Sarah

    March 14, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I’m so sorry Sarah. My thoughts are with your family.

  • Jen {Tiny Oranges}

    March 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    There are no words for how sorry I am…sending you my thoughts, prayers and love. Maddie’s story has changed lives and will have an impact on many people for years to come. Sending you big hugs…I am so, so, so deeply sorry…xoxoxoxoxo

  • linette lyles

    March 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Absolutely heartbroken when I saw this update from Maddie’s Foundation this morning.
    Sending thoughts of comfort to you and Maddie’s family…and hugging my six year old a little harder today.

  • Angela

    March 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I am so so sorry, Sarah. Nothing but prayers and love from St. Louis to all of Maddie’s family and friends.

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    March 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I’m so very sorry… words just can’t express. Her family will be in my prayers.

  • To Kiss the Cook

    March 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh Sarah…so fast. I am so sorry.

  • Lynn @ Walking With Scissors

    March 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I’m so sorry.

  • Emily

    March 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

    This is not what I expected to see this morning. Thoughts and prayers to your whole family, Sarah. Please let us know how they’re doing and any way we can all help. I’m so sorry.

  • Kerri Anne

    March 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Oh, Sarah. My heart goes out to you, and to Maddie’s parents, and to everyone who knows her and will miss her lovely smiling face. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Any little thing.

    Love you, friend.

  • jonniker

    March 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’m so sorry, Sarah. I feel like swearing a lot and throwing things. This is not right.

    I’m sorry again. Sending love.

  • Mia

    March 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

    So sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my heart and thoughts.

  • amanda

    March 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Oh I am so so sorry to you and your family. It seem too, too terribly fast.

  • Shelly

    March 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    So sorry. ?

  • TUWABVB

    March 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I had been following Maddie’s Caring Bridge updates since you share her amazing story with us and was broken-hearted when I read she was gone. I was so touched by her spirit and her family’s love from the first moment I “met” them.

    This morning, I stopped by a different Starbuck’s on the way to work and had to smile – a local artist was featured and all of her paintings featured sea turtles. An amazing coincidence since I don’t live in a seaside city.

    Thinking of and praying for your entire family.

  • Shelly

    March 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My last comment should have shown a heart – where the questions mark is… sending love! I hope everyone’s hearts heal quickly. You are right – heaven definately received another beautiful angel.

  • brandon

    March 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I am so sorry for your family’s heartbreaking loss.

  • Amanda Brown

    March 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Oh, what heartache at this deep loss. I am so sorry for your family’s pain.

  • Amanda

    March 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

    What a loss. I am so deeply sorry for your family’s heartache.

  • kat

    March 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

    i am so so sorry. sending lots of love to you & and your family.

  • Kyran

    March 14, 2011 at 10:01 am

    My heart and prayers are with your family at this saddest of times.

  • Alice Q. Foodie

    March 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

    So so sorry Sarah. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • gabrielle

    March 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I am so, so sorry to hear of Maddie’s passing. Much love to you and your family during this difficult time. xxoo

  • Katie

    March 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I can’t even imagine.. I am so sorry for your loss. *HUGS* I will keep you and your whole family in my prayers.

  • Dani

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s such a tragedy. Many prayers for her family.

  • Kristin

    March 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I’m so sorry, Sarah.

  • Kim

    March 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Maddie has changed my life in a way I can never explain. My heart is broken for her parents, her family and you.

  • jora

    March 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I can hardly type this. My heart is breaking for you and the rest of her family. May she find peace and happiness now.

  • Marci

    March 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Heartbreaking. Praying for strength and healing for your entire family, especially Collie and Kajsa.

  • Jessica

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Today i will hug my baby, kiss my husband and make a concentrated effort to be mindful of each moment – in her honor.

  • Dr. Maureen

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I am so sorry for your terrible loss, Sarah. You, Maddie, and your family are in my prayers.

  • Michelle

    March 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Sarah, sending peaceful thoughts to you and your family. Thank you for sharing Maddie with us for this short time.

  • Barb @ getupandplay

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I’m so sorry. What a loss. She is a beautiful girl and I know she touched many lives during her short time on this earth. May you all feel the love that surrounds you at this time of grief.

  • l

    March 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I can’t begin to imagine. I am so sorry for your momentous loss. I live up the road from the OI and stumbled across your blog for the first time last week. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sarah

    March 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Oh my heart.
    Holding you and your family in my thoughts.

  • Samantha

    March 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

    When I sent you a tweet this morning, I had no idea that Maddie is a member of your family. I wanted to again say that her story has touched my heart and the hearts of so many others. I am thinking of you and your family, and will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. xo Samantha

  • Victoria

    March 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I’m so sorry for you, thinking of you all. xx

  • Christine H.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope you and your family can find some peace.

  • Carla Hinkle

    March 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    So unfair. I am so sorry for the family’s loss and for yours.

  • MW

    March 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    So very sorry for your family’s loss.

  • J

    March 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family.

  • Christy M

    March 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What a heartbreaking loss. My thoughts are with you and yours.

  • Joyce

    March 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss Sarah. Just heartbreaking.

  • Amanda

    March 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Thinking of you and your family today. Very sorry for your loss.

  • RockyCat

    March 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    So sorry.

  • Stefanie

    March 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I have no words, just tears. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Melissa

    March 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Will be praying for you all.

  • Chris

    March 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    It is never hard to lose a loved one and 100 times harder to lose a child. My prayers for your family and your brother and sister-in-law.

  • Dave & Lisa

    March 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    What a beautifl life you were able to be part of . Our thoughts are with all the James’ family (Sulphur, OKC , California and Australia).
    Cope’s in OKC

  • Tina

    March 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am so very sorry for you and your family. Wish you well…
    Tina

  • Katelar

    March 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of Maddie. Thinking of you and yours today.

  • Melissa

    March 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Wishing peace to you and all of Maddie’s family and friends. What an amazing little girl… and she will continue to brighten lives through her foundation.

  • Abby

    March 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My heart hurts for her parents and your whole family. You are all in my prayers.

  • Lindsay

    March 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    So heartbreaking… You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and in my prayers. Maddie’s story touched my life and my heart, as I’m sure it did for so many others.

  • b

    March 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    i am so sorry. her story has really touched me. my heart is with you and her family.

  • mommymae

    March 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    i’m so sorry, sarah. all my love to maddie’s family.

  • Manda

    March 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Oh Sarah. I’m so so sorry. My condolences to your family. What a precious girl she is.

  • BeachMama

    March 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Sending Prayers to you and your family.

  • Maya

    March 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    How sorry I am for Maddeline, her entire family and friends…how truly sad it is. My deep sorrows and prayers for you all. It’s impossible to imagine such pain. Peace to her parents, she is not suffering anymore.

  • sarah marie p

    March 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. xoxo

  • Kristen

    March 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Sarah,

    I am so, so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • alison

    March 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    So, so sorry to hear. Thinking of you and your family

  • Amanda @ Ramblings of an Empty Mind

    March 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    So very sorry for your loss and am sending (((Hugs))) your way.

  • SarahD

    March 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    So sorry to hear that she has passed. In looking at her page, I can tell her parents and family/friends, did the best in giving her the best little life right til the end. Thinking of you as you endure the funeral of a child….unimaginable.

  • Medrie

    March 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I have been following Maddie’s Caring Bridge too. What an absolutely lovely little girl. My profoundest sympathies to you and your family.

  • kate

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    my heart goes out to your/her whole family during a time of such great loss. may all of your memories with such a darling and incredible little girl help you all through this difficult time. definitely reminds us that each day is such a gift.

  • Gabriella

    March 15, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Oh no, Sarah! I am truly and honestly so very sorry!

  • JoAnn

    March 15, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Unimaginable. I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Reading the recent caring bridge entries … oh, the pain. My most sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you, I wish you all some measure of peace and comfort.

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  • sizzle

    March 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

    This makes my heart break.

    Love to you and yours. Thinking of you all.

  • rebecca

    March 15, 2011 at 6:32 am

    my heart just sank…

    so sorry to hear the news…sending love to you and your family…

  • Beth

    March 15, 2011 at 7:04 am

    My most heartfelt sympathies to you and Maddie’s parents and all other friends and family.

  • SJ

    March 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

    So sorry to hear this – my thoughts are with you and your family Sarah.

  • Vanessa

    March 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I am so sorry – praying for your family.

  • brianne

    March 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I’m so sorry, Sarah. Thinking of your family and sending lots of love.

  • Lisa

    March 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I am so sorry, Maddie is such a brave girl. My thoughts and prayers are with your family today.

  • Nicole

    March 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I am so sorry Sarah. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. What a sweet little soul she is.

  • shannon

    March 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    So so sorry for your loss- I can’t even imagine. I send you and your family prayers of peace and comfort.

  • Ali

    March 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    My heart goes out to you and your family. A beautiful angel indeed.
    Ali

  • Beth B

    March 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    So so sorry; my condolances to you and your family.

  • Cori

    March 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

  • Danielle

    March 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Sarah,

    I am crushed for your family’s loss. The loss of a child is devastating beyond belief. The extended James family is in my heart.

  • Jenn H

    March 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    There are no words. I am so incredibly sorry for the loss your family has endured. What a beautiful spirit.

  • Ninabi

    March 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I am so sorry. What a terrible loss. Prayers and hugs to your family.
    Maddie was a rare child, so bright and good.

  • Heather Ben

    March 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    So sorry. I can’t imagine losing a child…

  • Jill V.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Unthinkable Pain
    Heartbreaking Madness
    Surreal moments going forward
    Love heading your way…share it with those in need.

    xo

  • Jill V.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Unthinkable Pain
    Heartbreaking Madness
    Surreal moments going forward
    Love heading your way…share it with those in need.

    xo

  • Alice

    March 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I’m so sorry, Sarah. So sorry. Much love to you and your family.

  • danita

    March 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I am thankful that it was blessedly fast and peaceful. I am sorry for your loss.

  • janet

    March 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    my heart goes out to her parents, to you and the family. lucky you to have had such a beautiful little girl in your life. praying for strength, peace and faith during this difficult and heartbreaking time.

  • Heather McCrone

    March 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    My cousin’s 9 year old was taken by brain cancer also. My first question when I get to “the other side” is going to be “why are the young and innocent taken?”

    The lives of those that remain suffer the most. My thought are with you all. Find comfort in each other, for there will be no end to sorrow, only moments of lesser sorrow in the future.

  • Jen

    March 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    So very sorry for your family.

  • Jess

    March 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    i’m so sorry for your loss. she was a beautiful child. i’ll be thinking of you and your family and hugging my daughter a little tighter tonight.

  • drollgirl

    March 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    what a beautiful child. i am so sorry to hear of your loss. so very sorry.

  • laurajane

    March 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Madeleine. My thoughts are with you.

  • narmalie

    March 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Thinking of your family and of Maddie so often. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • jessica

    March 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Im so sorry.

  • justJENN

    March 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’m so sorry. Take care.

  • Melissas S.

    March 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I am so sorry; know that many are thinking and praying for Kajsa, Collie, you and the rest of your family today.

  • Lindsey

    March 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this.

  • Liz

    March 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I’m so sorry. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • Danielle

    March 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Sleep with the angels sweet girl.

  • North American Bear Co.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful little girl. Our hearts go out to your family.

  • Pattie

    March 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful little girl. Sending hugs and love to you.

  • Sarah

    March 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Sarah, I am so sorry to hear about Maddy! Heaven has a new angel!! xo Sarah

  • emily bilbrey

    March 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    oh my god.

    i am so terribly sorry for this tragic loss.

    it had been a while since i visited your site, so i saw the devastating news of maddie’s story all at once. my heart is heavy for your family.

    the first grandchild in our family was beautiful sadie, born to my brother 12 years ago; she passed away just 3 weeks later due to a mysterious & unforseen illness that we still don’t have an answer for. i know first-hand how the death of a child can affect an entire extended family. there really is nothing worse and it still pains me to remember that dark time i lived over a decade ago.

    also? my daughter’s name is poppy madeline reese bilbrey.

    i’ll be holding her extra tight tonight as i rock her safely to sleep.

    much love from my little family to yours. sending my warmest healing wishes your way from washington state.

    xoxo.

  • Holly

    March 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Too much sad news this past week and I return to read this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers…

  • Sara

    March 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. So very sad to lose such a wonderful young child. My thoughts are with your family.

  • The Lil Bee

    April 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t know you and I somehow just found your blog, but here I sit in the public library in my town, gulping back tears for this beautiful little girl and your family. I just read her story and really have no words. I have two young daughters and can’t begin to fathom the pain and suffering that you’re going through. My heart goes out to you and Maddie’s parents.