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Zayana Grace Mendez was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on April 19, 2011. After experiencing comp-lications from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, her parents were able to hold their angel in their loving arms as she flew back to heaven.
Zayana Grace is the daughter of Ernesto and Christina (Abrahamson) Mendez. She blessed all with her presence on December 23, 2010 and was expected to live mere hours or days. This miracle baby lived a full and vibrant 16 weeks and was loved deeply by family and friends. Her beautiful brown eyes were a treasure of reassurance and hope. Blessed with a full head of hair, she loved to have it brushed and accented with colorful bows. Bathtime was a favorite as she was able to discover just how well she could move and afterward she relished her apricot oil massages. Listening to music always brought a smile, especially when she could watch someone sing along. She enjoyed feeling soft blankets with her long, graceful fingers and cuddling with her little Peter Rabbit. She had an uncanny way of knowing just what someone needed- be it a comforting look, beautiful smile or silly action. Full of personality beyond her years, Zayana was feisty, determined, loving and playful. Zayana was a fighter and taught us all about true strength and courage. She touched the souls of all who knew her and has left a lasting impact on this world. Our warrior princess will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on April 29th at 4pm at Southwest Bible Church in Beaverton, OR. Donations can be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation in Zayana's honor at www.oif.org.
Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2011