Olivia Grace Leatherman
April 11, 2005 - June 7, 2009
My Dear Warrior Family,
Late Wednesday afternoon my family and I were able to take our first tiny step forward in our daily life again; without the physical presence of our precious Olivia Grace being with us. We received Olivia's remains in a beautiful pink urn and now she is home with us. Olivia's beautiful sweet spirit surrounds us and lives in our memories deep within our souls and always will.
Your outpouring of support, prayers, positive thoughts and expressions of heart felt sympathy, have helped us so much as we grieve. Frankly, my family and I have been overwhelmed with the hundreds of e-Mails and Warrior post. I have set up a special folder on my computer to put them all in; so our family can draw on them for support in the days ahead.
I would really like to thank each one of you with a personal reply, but right now I just can't do it. Please accept my apologies for not being able to do so. Thank you all for caring.
A special thanks needs to go out to my friend Michalis "BIG Mike" Kotzakolios for being there to help you folks out, when you needed the support with your articles or short reports. He is a truly amazing friend.
Now, if you don't mind, please let me share one of my very special memories of Olivia with you. This will put a smile on your face and I'm grinning ear to ear as I write this.
Olivia has a great imagination and loves to dream up little games for us to play with her. She called her favorite game "Papaw the Sock Monster". She would curl up next to her MaMaw, in their favorite chair, and holler for the Sock Monster to come get her. I would run into the living room and growling "Here Comes The Sock Monster". Olivia would hide under the cover, screaming and laughing, and tuck her legs up under her chin.
Then I would yank the socks off her feet and run back into my office with them. In a few seconds here she came to grab them back from the Sock Monster. The entire time Olivia was screaming and laughing her head off and of course so were Barb and I.
What a wonderful memory she has blessed us with. Please folks take the time to reach out to love your children and your grandchildren.
This is from the bottom of our heart, to each one of you. Thank you for being there. Please continue to pray for us in the days ahead.
With our heartfelt gratefulness for our Warrior Family,
Ken, Barb (my wife), Paul and Tammy (my son and daughter-in-law and Olivia Grace's parents)