Missy, I first met you when you were 9 years old. You had come over from the States to meet your new step mother Nicole and her family. I remember this gorgeous, vivacious girl with thick dark hair hiding behind her elder sister Julie. Immediately we all got on and formed a strong bond after meeting Kevin and Lisa. A couple of years later, with my first baby we came to live in Florida with you, Julie, Nicole and your father. Here my memories were of you and Julie caring and babysitting for Oliver and us all living like a big family and the sisterly bond became stronger. I also remember fondly our little sisterly squabbles as you would watch MTV and I would change the programme. It was sad when we had to return to the UK and leave you all in Florida but then compensated by your return to the UK as a teenager full of life and vitality. Again our relationship grew, and our lives became once more interlinked. We went on holidays together, spent hours and hours chatting about all sort of things, marriage, life, relationships or even clothes we liked. Using your wit and charm, month after month you were the top sales person for Russell and Bromley, the most exclusive shoe shop in the UK. We were all so proud of you.
Then having married Steve you decided to leave the UK and make your life back in Florida with the rest of your family. We were all left saddened and with a large hole missing but wished you the very best. Since then we kept in touch by email until the devastating news of your cancer. I had the privilege of coming to see you and meeting your mum and beautiful daughter Alice for the first time this Spring. I came with my two young daughters. As soon as I saw you at the airport with Aunt Cathy waiting for us I knew that it was the same Missy that I had grown to love for so may years and spending those days with you and Alice in your Mum's home has meant the world to me. I console myself in the knowledge that Alice and my daughters formed a strong bond too and that I will do everything in my power to maintain the friendship and through Alice I will feel that a part of you is still here.
Missy you were a true inspiration to all of us and I am deeply humbled to see the strength that you showed all of us in the darkest days of your illness. There will always be a void in our lives now. I can only find comfort in the knowledge that you are free from pain, and that Nicole is there for you, welcoming you into the afterlife. I miss you and love you. Your sister Louise xxx