Obituary for Cassandra Reed
Cassandra Reed, resident of Grande Prairie, passed away on December 25, 2017 at the age of 23. A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 6, 2017 at St. Paul's United Church, Grande Prairie, Alberta. Interment followed at the Grande Prairie. Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to Mission of Tears, Suite 501, 50 Gervais Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Z3.
Life Story for Cassandra Reed
Before I begin I just want to say thank you to everyone for being here today, not only where you all touched by Cassandra but you left a lasting impression on her as well.
For those of you who may not know who I am, my name is Brittany. Cassandra and I were best friends since junior high. We first met when our dads worked for the same company; it wasn’t until a couple years later that we truly got to know each other when we began attending Ste Marie’s in Spirit River.
My first thought of Cassandra, like many people may have thought about her was “WOW, this girl had spunk.” Cassandra could light up the darkest room with her smile and charismatic attitude. She could say the weirdest or funniest thing to anyone and they would laugh. That is what allowed her to leave a lasting impression on everyone that was lucky enough to be in her presence. Cassandra would make you feel included in everything as her true love of life shined through.
She was an outspoken and driven person, and let’s not forget; she was a princess. These are the traits that got Cassandra where she was in life. Everyone was so proud of what she was able to accomplish in such a short time.
For me Cassandra was ‘my person’. Even after I moved to Edmonton and we didn’t talk every day, we both knew the love we had for each other. She was there through family fights, my wedding, welcoming my son into the world, everything. Even if I was completely in the wrong, she would stand by me and take my side. She kept me sane just by allowing me to vent to her and show me patience. Every day she would show just how big her heart was.
I wanted to mention one special memory I had of Cassandra but there were just too many to choose from. I could mention the many thoughtful and special gifts she got me, such as my favorite childhood movies on USB, which I can now share with my son. I could mention how she kept me calm during my grad dress fiasco or the decorations for my wedding. Instead, I will just let everyone think of their fondest memories of her, I bet each story involves you laughing at some point, because that is what she did best.
Cassandra not only loved her siblings, but also the nieces and nephews that came along. Whenever a pregnancy was announced, she couldn’t wait to meet the newest addition and come up with a quirky nickname. Rodney’s son, Mikko, AKA Monkey, Cynthia’s daughter, Alexina, better known as Potato, and my son Linkan was her Mr. Noodle. These children may not have the memories we do, but I know we will all make sure they know how special they were to her and how special she was to all of us.
I would like to mention the last memory I have of Cassandra. She knew that my husband would unfortunately not be able to be in BC with us for my sons first Christmas and he had to leave Christmas Eve to get back to work. She knew how upset this made us. When we got the call that things where not going so well in Alberta with Cassandra, he changed his plans. One last thing Cassandra did for me was bring my family all together for Linkans first Christmas, after she knew how much it meant to all of us. Even in her last days, she unintentionally brought loved ones together.
Now if Cassandra was here right now she would be doing or saying something that would make us laugh, so let’s continue that. Let’s remember all the happy times. I know she is lighting up the skies above with her personality.
Cassandra, thank you for being the person you where, no one word can describe you so I will just say, I love you.