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Kaitlin Geoffrion Obituary
Kaitlin Michelle Geoffrion, Granddaughter of Dee-Dee and Tommy Fibich, is today at Peace. Her 15 glorious years on earth were ended by the disease of ALS, but this horrible disease could not take her smile, her dignity nor her soul which is undoubtedly in Heaven. Everyone that met Kaitlin and watched her handle, as a child and teenager, the difficulties of this disease with such determination and grace is much better for having known her.
Kaitlin was born on the 13th of January 1999, in Houston, Texas. She graduated from The Joy School on the 31st of May 2013, where she was revered as a student and friend to all that knew her. Kaitlin was a member of St Paul's Methodist Church.
She is survived by her father and stepmother, Scott and Amy Geoffrion, and sisters Brittany and Hadley of Piedmont Alabama and paternal grandfather and step-grandmother Luke and Kathy Geoffrion of Dallas, Texas. Kaitlin is survived by her mother and stepfather, Polly and Amjaed Abdulwahab, sisters Alizabeth and Annabelle Kate, and maternal grandparents Beverly and Junebug Hughes of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her Uncle Jarrett and Aunt Jennifer Ellzey and cousin Harper Ellzey.
Kaitlin is survived by her primary caregivers, her adoring Nana and Poppy. Two of the most important people in her life were Aunt Dani Geoffrion and Uncle Darren Kasmir whose love and devotion enhanced Kaitlin's life beyond all calling.
Kaitlin was loved and will be missed by an extended network of family, friends and neighbors, aunts, uncles and cousins, including dearest cousin and co-conspirator Kamryn Brooke Droemer. There are many more, much too special to leave out, but wonderfully too many in number to list here.
Kaitlin was blessed to have been cared for by her chosen BFF, her teacher's aide and sister-in-arms, Christi Leeland Waymire. The Joy School was the most special place in her limited life and the astounding love and commitment of her teachers, especially Stacy Anderson, cannot be emphasized enough. Honorary pall-bearers would be Kaitlin's dearest friends and entire eighth grade class.
Nursing care for Kaitlin was a mixture of medicine and love, and those that attended to her needs will forever be part of her family, including Dorothy Davis, Lakeesha Minor, Ngozi Perry, Krystal Jordan, Rona Fontenot, Hope Denton, Cassandrea Robinson and Wendi Odili. Not only did these exceptional women bring excellent care, they also brought Kaitlin and us all an immense amount of joy. A special mention is due Jordanna Espanola, superb nurse and wonderful friend.
Kaitlin had incredible attention from gifted physicians not only in their specialized fields of medicine but in the more important art of caring. Leading her medical team and unsurpassed in her devotion was Mary Kay Koenig, MD. A special heartfelt thanks is also due Erin Furr-Stemming, MD, Susan Costin, Phd. and Dr. Joseph Slopis. To these and the rest of her outstanding doctors, we owe you our deepest gratitude.
We would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Compassionate Care Hospice, especially Lesley Mason and Meghan Paulson.
Kaitlin liked poetry and this is one of her favorites from A.A. Milne: "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together….There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we are apart… I'll always be with you."
Kaitlin left these words etched on silver for her beloved Nana but it is likely she meant it for all of us.
Kaitlin is survived by her dogs, Bella, Lucy and Lilly, her cat Max and many more in her adopted menagerie.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock to eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 6th of June in the Parlor and Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A memorial service is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 7th of June, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street in Houston. Immediately following all are invited to a celebration in honor of her life at 1150 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
Remembrances in honor of Kaitlin may be made to Camp for All Foundation (10500 N.W. Freeway, Suite 220, Houston, Texas 77092), the SPCA, or the animal rescue of your choice.

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Published in Houston Chronicle from June 6 to June 7, 2014
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