Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"No goodbyes, just see-you-laters...xoxoxoxo"

Our sweet nephew Bennett left this world a better place.
He was the type of little boy, that emanated the light of Christ and brought joy into so many people's lives. His family thoughtfully wrote a tender obituary full of love that I want to share.

Bennett Scott Wilkinson


On Saturday, January 22, 2011, a Loving Father in Heaven tenderly took Home one of His own. Bennett Scott Wilkinson, born May 31, 2009, brought more Joy, Light and Love to the world in a mere 20 months than many experience in a lifetime. It was a privilege to call him our son. He spread love and laughter wherever he went whether it was smothering his mommy with kisses, falling asleep on his daddy’s chest for a nap, calling out to his sisters, Emma and Gracelyn, for morning bath time or playing “cahs” with his best friend and brother, Ashton. He was eager to smile, anxious to love, quick to laugh and ready to forgive. We will smile whenever we remember his obsession with all-things handles and the way his little body shuffled around the kitchen trying to sweep the floor for Mommy. He was a Gift. Simply a Gift.

We will forever cherish the scribbles left on our walls, the handprints placed on our windows and the etching he engraved on our hearts. He was here but a moment but will be ours forever. And with Bennett, forever won’t be long enough.

Anxious to see him again are his adoring parents David and Amanda Wilkinson (Centerville), his loving siblings Emma, Gracelyn and Ashton, his precious grandparents Scott and Stana Kjar (Centerville), David and Kris Wilkinson (Portland, OR) and Burton and Linda Grover (Pasco, WA) and his tender great grandparents Stan and MaryEllen Smoot (Bountiful) and Noma Kjar (Centerville) followed by a host of doting aunts and uncles that loved and adored him. He was preceded in death by an uncle Rendell Wilkinson and a multitude of caring family members that we trust will watch over our little boy until we are with him again.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 27th at noon at the Centerville North Stake Center (1450 N. Main). There will also be a viewing Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and before the funeral from 10-11:30. Interment Centerville City Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com.

We’ll Love you forever,

We’ll like you for always

Forever and Always

Our baby you’ll be.

No goodbyes, just see-you-laters . . . xoxoxoxo

(You can find sweet Bennett's obituary here and read/leave comments on his online guest book here)

And for those of you who asked what happened, they are not sure. Bennett was not extremely ill, and there wasn't any sort of accident...no warning signs...it was so sudden. They lost their little boy over night. But as they said in his beautiful obituary,

"No goodbyes, just see-you-laters."


Unknown said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Your family is in my prayers.

Brooke T said...

I love that "see you laters!" This is a beautiful obituary and seriously, every night before I go to bed now I give extra kisses. I will never stop doing that. Your family is in my prayers!

thatjordangirl said...

That obituary is very lovely, thank you for sharing. You are all still in my prayers.

Stephanie Salmon said...

So sad. I love the quotes from the book Love you Forever. And is that Mary Ellen Smoot THE Mary Ellen Smoot? That is awesome if you are related to her. I seriously love listening to that lady talk. She can make anyone laugh. That is so sad that they lost their little boy with no warning and no reason. What a tragedy! Thanks for filling us in on what happened.

Shay said...

That was beyond beautiful-I cant believe he died so suddenly, that is so scary. You can tell how incredibly loved was

Eva Marie said...

My heart aches just reading this and feeling the pain your families must be going through. It truly is a "see you later" but I can't help being so upset at the fact that it's just so unfair. The tears stroll down my face and I'm trying to keep it together but I just don't understand. I want too so bad but I cant. Why baby Bennett? Why when he just started his beautiful life and brought so much joy to such a wonderful family..

It hurts and my heart is hurting. I am praying and praying and I am happy that he is truly in a better place. Forever remembered.. sweet baby Bennett

Kari said...

Beautiful words...I'm praying for your family.

Lauren Byers said...

wow, that is such a sweet obituary and brought tears to my eyes. I hope your whole family is doing well

Dave & Monica said...

that is the sweetest obituary I have EVER read.
Its weird the way life works and how we just dont understand why things happen, but SO comforting to know it is all for a purpose and there is a reason, we just dont know it yet.
i LOVE you...hope all your hearts heal soon.

Brett and Mallory said...

Such a sad situation. It certainly made me hug my loved ones so much tighter. You have such a way with words and thanks for sharing their beautiful obituary. It all brought me to tears, again. Oh how my heart aches in their behalf . . . thank heavens for the gospel and the blessings we receive for eternal families.


We are so so sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Aren't we so lucky to live eternity with our loved one's. We love you and will be thinking about you and your family!

Chelsea said...

Oh, how tragic. I will be praying for his parents!

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