In Remembrance.

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From day one of finding out that she had stage four colon cancer, Shonda McCarty Kearns was a cancer survivor…not a cancer victim.  Her survival skills were her optimistic and faithful perspective paired with her contagious spunk and spirit.  When asked how she was feeling, Shonda would respond by saying “I’m at 100%, except for this cancer.”  Shonda never fixated on the cancer itself, but looked to her family, friends, and faith.  Even in the midst of battling brutal treatments, she continued to put others before herself, always wanting to know what was needed and how she could help.  Because that’s who she was before she was diagnosed.  And that’s who she remained true to be.

While at lunch with her father yesterday, he said the following about Shonda: “She never wanted the spotlight, but always wanted to be the center of attention.”  Today, she will get to have both.  At 3pm, there will be a memorial service at Mill Creek Foursquare Church in Lynnwood.  All who knew Shonda, or knew of her, are welcome to attend.

We have the opportunity to partner with Shonda’s dreams for her children, Andrew and Rachel.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a fund for them by clicking here.  And to read more about this lovely lady, click here.

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  1. Peter Chee
    Peter Chee says:

    Thank you for writing this post Annie. I will always look back to this post in remembrance of Shonda. One thing that I hope to learn from Shonda is that she would give and where most people stop, she would give a little bit more. I will always remember the time that we got to spend with Shawn and Sherry (Shonda’s father and bonus mom) — it was great to share some stories, laughter, and tears.

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    • Annie Vander Pol
      Annie Vander Pol says:

      I loved her servant’s heart – she wouldn’t just give, but she would give simply for the benefit of others, not herself. Completely selfless.

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  2. Sami
    Sami says:

    Thank you Annie. She will always be remembered and honored by those who’s lives she touched-including mine.
    Today will not be about our loss, but our gain of memories, happiness and life changing stories that Shonda brought to each of us. She would want us to celebrate her life, and today is about that. She will most definitely be the spot light and center of the universe! RIP sweet Shonda ❤

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  3. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    When Shonda was diagnosed there was no doubt in my mind that she wouldn’t make it through and be fine. I was confident. When she came in the office it didn’t just brighten my day, the whole office was happier just having her here. She was always kind, and looking to help, she loved being part of the team. I miss her and find memories in small everyday things. She made a great mark on her community and will always be with us.

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    • Annie Vander Pol
      Annie Vander Pol says:

      Definitely, Jamie. The mark that she left is strong enough that it won’t fade over time. She is unforgettable.

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    • Peter Chee
      Peter Chee says:

      Jamie, Shonda certainly did make a wonderful mark on her community and all of us. I have never seen so many comments and stories about a person that made such a strong favorable first impression. She is truly special.

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    • Peter Chee
      Peter Chee says:

      Paul, thank you for sharing all the wonderful stories and interaction that Shonda had with the Prolango community. It’s been so uplifting to read. Shonda had such an impact on people.

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  4. Virgil Conn
    Virgil Conn says:

    This is a wonderful piece about a spectacular person. I knew Shonda best in junior high and she was the vibrant and gracious soul that you knew, even then. She stood up for the bullied and showed poise in the face of adversity. Today they lay to rest a really special person that should have been allowed to shine in the world spotlight. This is the type of person that others should emulate in order to make the world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family today, and everyday, that they feel the absence of the child, wife, and mother, that loved them all so dearly.

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    • Peter Chee
      Peter Chee says:

      Thank you Virgil – your comments and support for Shonda have been strengthening both here on our blog and on Facebook. Bless you.

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