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Brittiney Wish Bevin, 17, of Louisville, died Monday, September 22, 2003, in an auto accident on Lexington Road. She was a senior at Louisville Collegiate School, where she was active on the varsity soccer team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Mock Trial. She was also very active in her church and Big Sisters of Louisville. "Brittiney was blessed with a compassionate heart for those who were hurting or in need. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and she loved small children. Her family and friends were blessed to share her life and love for 17 years. With aching hearts, we send her home to her Creator." She is survived by her parents, Matthew and Glenna Bevin; four sisters, Carolina Grace, Mackenzie, Madison and Olivia Bevin; her grandparents, Robert and Patricia Young and Avery and Louise Bevin; and two great-grandmothers, Opal Young and Lorraine Bevin. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2003, at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Lane. Burial will be in Cherokee, OK. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2003, at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Memorial gifts may be made to Brittiney's two favorite charities: Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997 or the Ramabai Mukti Mission, PO Box 4912, Clinton, NJ 08809. Friends are invited to sign her online guest book at www.pearsonfuneralhome.com.

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October 19, 2020
Happy Birthday Brittiney...
Heidi
Friend
September 18, 2019
She is missed today as is she missed all days
Robert Cunningham
Friend
June 24, 2019
When you behold a beautiful landscape, say: Heaven is more beautiful than that! Above there are true delights & holy pleasures! St Paul of the Cross
Cheryl Gallus
June 23, 2019

Missing my "Little Voice" tonight...

Traveling through life is quite a journey to be sure...

Grateful that I traveled so many of my years with you...

I will always love you...

Dad
October 20, 2018
A few days ago my nephew was feeding me Smarties candies. Each time that his little voice would say "do you want another one?" I couldn't help but think of you, and the many times we'd be at your house eating Smarties and pretending we were taking Communion. Sometimes it was Smarties, sometimes it was chips and salsa, and sometimes it was some weird combination of the three.
Missing you now and always. Hope you had a Happy Birthday up there, Britt.
Vanessa Howland
October 19, 2018
Happy Heavenly Birthday to my dear granddaughter...miss you so much
April 7, 2018
to the family of Brittany Bevin
I would love to meet you and share you're lose because
I know what it is like to loose a precious daughter
we lost our daughter May 2003 farm accident, she was 7 years old, and we know she is with Jesus whom she loved, but we still miss her so much..would love to meet you all and just share and talk and pray...
Sara wollman
April 6, 2018
I listen to Governor Bevin's superb speech on why guns are not the problem in America and wanted to know why you lost a daughter. The automobile accident happened nearly 15 years ago and Brittiney sounded like one very fantastic teenager!! My heart breaks for you as I know you can never get over the loss. How very comforting to know she loved her Lord and must have been a shining light in the darkness. Why Lord? I know God received much Glory through her life and even at her Funeral! People will continue to be so touched and moved to tears just reading about the impact she had on other lives. I too love Compassion International and have 5 children all who love the Lord and are raising their children to know Christ too. Keep up the marvelous job you are doing, Governor Bevin!! The world needs to hear you! Wish you were the Governor in Hawaii!!! I am sharing your speech with 60 friends! May Jesus keep you and your family safe! You all will be in my prayers!
Diana Lim
October 19, 2017
Happy birthday, Brittiney. Missing you so much...
September 23, 2017
It's Saturday, and pieces of me are still sitting next to you in the library at mock trial practice listening to your laugh.
Robert Cunningham
September 22, 2017
14 years have flown by like birds flying south on a crisp fall day...Crystal clear...
Etched against a sky of tranquil blue...
Fading like memories into the distance...

I miss my "Little Voice"....❤
November 8, 2015
I have always loved the monument in Cave Hill in the beech grove that is in remembrance to you. It is very close to a family plot where my father is buried. Yesterday I saw visitors at your memorial and when I walked from my father's grave across Cave Hill to other family graves, I visited your memorial too. I never knew who was buried there although I remember hearing of your death years ago. I have daughters who are now 24 and 25 so hearing of anyone losing a child so suddenly was very sad and stayed with me, although I did not know your name. My father was active in Republican politics years ago, so we even share something there. I'm sorry you are not here to be a part of your family's new experience, but I know you are with them. I said a prayer for you and your family when I visited your memorial and I send another now. I will always think of you now when I walk or drive past. Blessings to you, Brittany.
Missy Bush
October 19, 2015
Thinking of Brittiney today on what would have been her 30th birthday. It's amazing how quickly time goes by. There are still so many memories and reminders of her every single day. All my love to the Bevin family... Keeping all of you in my thoughts today especially.
Vanessa Howland
September 27, 2015
I wanted to write a note and let the family know that today I am preaching a sermon and using the lessons of Brittiney's example of living for Christ today. I credit learning about Brittiney from the "not a fan" book. As a Minister, I hope to open lives and hearts through Brittiney's story. I pray she will continue to bring glory to God. I am so sorry for your loss.
Phil Carter
June 15, 2015
Hi, My name is Lawrence Allen Monk from Warner Robins, Ga. First off I'm sorry for your loss but her legacy lives on and helps people! I just read Brittany Bevin's last journal entry and with tears in my eyes I read it to my Wife. I'm thinking of how wise and insightful she was at seventeen! I pray that her legacy lives on and her story continues to help people come to Christ.
August 23, 2014
I read Brittiney's prayer journal entry included in the book "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman. I just wanted to say thank you for letting her prayer be published. It really struck me that someone so young had such compassion and such a close relationship with God. Her words really encouraged me. I didn't grow up in church. I'm 23 now and gave my life to Christ 3 years ago. Within the first year God led me to be a missionary to reach the victims of sex trafficking for Christ, and I moved from SC to Las Vegas and have been a missionary for 2 years now. It was comforting to read her words, because God teaches me new things every week too, and I don't want to just watch people suffer either. I want them to know my Savior. It seems that Brittiney was an incredible young woman in love with Jesus and I just wanted to tell the family thank you for letting her words be in the book. I am reminded to not give up even when it is hard for me to follow Christ and be in Las Vegas so far from home. It seems like Brittiney never gave up. I admire her. I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you again, her life is still impacting people
Elaine
March 28, 2014
Brittney please watch over my friend Laura she recently joined you in heaven, it would mean a lot to me if you could find her and hug her because I no longer can.
robert cunningham
September 24, 2013
It is that time of year again when thoughts of you, Brittiney, hang more heavily on my heart. There are so many reminders in my house of you as a girl with Vanessa and Heidi. There are so many photos and mementos. The tears come just remembering and knowing what we have all lost.
Could it possibly be 10 years? I guess God needed you.
My thoughts are with your wonderful parents and siblings.
Maurremn Howland
September 23, 2013
Dear Matt and Glenna,

Remembering Brittiney with fondness and love. I am praying for you.

Love,
Lydia
Lydia Parks
September 22, 2013
Dear Matt, Glenna, and family,
Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!

Love,
Cheryl
Cheryl Gallus
October 10, 2011
Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Ilove you & miss you so much.Uncle "DD"
David Young
September 29, 2011
I read about Brittany in Kyle Idleman's book, Not a Fan. It made me want to know a little more about her. I was impressed by so much and especially the entry of her dad and his love for her even though she suffered. His words remind me even though we suffer our heavenly father love us. I am so sorry about her death but her life still inspires. Gus Lohrum, Newbern TN
February 6, 2011
I'm going through a crisis of faith right now and wish I had you to talk about it. Wherever you are please send some of your guidance back to me, if you can.
Robert Cunningham
September 23, 2010
Miss you and thinking of you Brittiney. My heart is with you and your family on this sad date.
Heidi Howland
September 22, 2010
Dear Brittiney.

We miss you very much. You never met our son Sam, but tonight we talked about your life, your love for the Lord and your compassion for others. We are looking forward to the joyful day when we will see you again.

Love,

Uncle Tim, Aunt Rosamaria, Samuel and Stephen
September 22, 2010
Dearest Brittiney,

Your legacy of love for the Lord and those in need has not been forgotten. Today, I spoke with our oldest son Sam about your life and your heart to serve God. We look forward to that joyful day when we will see you again. We miss you very much.

Love,

Uncle Tim, Aunt Rosamaria, Sam and Stephen
September 22, 2010
Dear Matthew, Glenna and Family,
Thinking of you today! You are in our prayers. Love, The Gallus Family ... Cheryl, Martyn, Collin & Adrienne
Cheryl Gallus
September 22, 2010
To my "Little Voice",

Seven years ago this very hour, you left us for a higher calling...Your time on this earth was far too short by our measure, but your impact was and continues to be a powerful one...

What a postive legacy you have left behind...We so look forward to seeing you again and sharing in the joy of all that you are now experiencing...

Until that day, my heart will always be with yours and yours with mine...

Love always,
Dad
September 22, 2010
Dear Brittiney,

Thinking of you with love, and looking forward to the day I will see you again! Praise Jesus, our Saviour I have been remembering how much you loved babies, and held each of my boys, soon after they were born. Your joy and tenderness were so apparent, at those times. I will never forget how you came over just to hold Ian in your hands, and how you gazed so sweetly at him. You were in such a peaceful place, and I wondered what you were thinking about. I also remember the time you came to help me with Nathaniel, in Northboro, MA. It was my first time alone with him. We had so much fun, and you were such a blessing to me! What a help you were. I was always impressed by your willingness to be there for others. We certainly miss you!!

Love,
Aunt Lydia, Nathaniel, Benny, Philip and Ian
October 12, 2009
Dearest Brittiney,

We miss you. Your active love for Christ and for those who are suffering in this world continue to remind us what our priorities should be in the short time we are here on earth.

Much love,

Uncle Tim, Aunt Rosamaria, Sam
October 6, 2009
Brittiney,

I had a sweet,cute memory come to my mind today of you. I am wearing the ring your dad and mom, and Aunt Lydia and Uncle Ken bought me for a gift my senior year of highschool. I remember driving in the car back from my piano recital and several of us were in the car together. I wanted to know what my surprise gift was and I knew you knew so I said, "Whisper it in my ear..." I didn't think you would but the next thing I knew, I heard this little voice say in my ear, "A ring!" Oh boy, then I had to act surprised when they gave it to me :) I bet you are laughing from heaven right now watching me write this, and remembering that memory with me....

Love,
Aunt Mary
September 30, 2009
Blessings to Matthew, Glenna and family,

Love,
The Gallus Family
Cheryl Gallus
September 29, 2009
Brittiney..
I think of you all the time, and this week has certainly been no different. I miss you so much.
Six years later and it's still hard to find the words to say.. You were one of a kind. I'll love you always and cherish the memories we shared together.
Vanessa Howland
September 23, 2009
Brittiney,
Just thinking about the fun you and I had the summer of '96! I remember how often we played pretend or "crazy waitress." You helped me grade school papers, and you were always excited about everything we did. I remember playing basketball with you; you didn't want to lose!:-) I remember how you loved "Judge Judy" and raw cookie dough. I also remember how sweet you were to your Mom; you didn't even want to call her, when we go locked out of the apartment for the day. You said,"it will worry her at work," so we hung out at the library all day. I remember how you loved your Dad, and treasured the special ring he had given you. You are a precious girl, and I look forward to seeing you again in loving presence of Christ, our Saviour!!
Your aunt,
Lydia
September 22, 2009
Brit, Vanessa, and me sitting on the stairs in our house.
September 22, 2009
"The gift of God is eternal life..."
-Romans 6:23

Brittiney wrote this on a Christmas card I came across, and I know that she is watching down on us.
Heidi Howland
September 22, 2009

Brittiney -

it's hard to believe that is has been 6 years since you were taken from us. I still remember this day 6 years ago all too vividly. I think about you and your family all the time, and especially today. I know the pain will never stop but it's comforting to know how many lives you touched in the short time you were on earth - and how many you continue to touch. I hope you and your family know that you were a person that truly left an impression in peoples lives and I will never forget you!

We were so young back during those days that we spent together in Wakefield but I always knew that you weren't quite like everyone else. You had true unconditional love and compassion for others and you cared about others to the point where it truly affected you. That is a rare quality.
You were one of those once-in-a-lifetime friends, you were so special.

We would be 23 together now, and I can't help but think about all the gossip, struggles, and stories we would share over the phone about how much it sucks to be in the "real world" and to be an adult. It seems so unfair that you were taken but I really believe that it is part of God's plan. I feel sad for you that your life was cut short, but I know you are happy and do not hurt. It is your family I truly feel for, because I know their pain is unsurpassed.

Glenna, Matt, Gracie, Mickey, Maddie, Olivia, and Isaac - Brittiney will never ever be forgotten, I want you to know that. She is a legacy. Love and miss you all.

- Heidi
Heidi Howland
September 21, 2009
To my precious Little Voice,

Six years ago tonight, we all sat down to dinner and enjoyed good conversation, laughter and good meal...

Six years ago tonight, you and I did the dishes - I washed, you dried...

Six years ago tonight, you told me you couldn't wait until your 18th birthday - just 4 weeks away...I teased you about how anticlimactic that day would actually be, but you didn't believe me...

Six years ago tonight, I remember wondering how you had grown up so fast...

Six years ago tonight, I almost gave you your birthday present early...The one I had been hiding for weeks...The bronze statue of the Prodigal's father that symbolized my love for you...I wish I had...

Six years ago tonight, we were just another American family spending a Sunday evening together at home...

Six years ago tonight, I sat in bed with your Mom and we marveled out loud at how blessed we were - 5 healthy, beautiful daughters, a great church, a comfortable home in a wonderful neighborhood, the hope of a bright future ahead for all of us...

Six years ago tonight, after we kissed you good-night, you sat in your room and wrote a "Dangerous Prayer" to God...

Six years ago tonight, I went to bed feeling like the luckiest man alive...

Six years ago tonight...
Dad
May 28, 2009
Brittiney,
Some years have passed since I was there at the scene of your accident on Sept 22. I was celebrating my birthday while you were celebrating your homegoing to see Christ. At the time I was an assistant pastor working with children. I shared the story of your testimony and homegoing. Since that time I have become a pastor. After these years your testimony has left such an impression that I am sharing it again with my congregation. I discovered on line the statue of you bringing boys and girls to Jesus. I want you to know that through your testimony you are still doing so. It is through that testimony that has been shared 12 boys and girls have received Christ as Savior. "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." We do not always understand God's wisdom but we do know that He works all things to His glory. I will continue from time to time to share the events of that day and your testimony. May many more come to know Christ as Savior.
Andrew B. Lyons
Pastor
Decatur Baptist Church
Indiana
Andrew Lyons
May 12, 2009

I woke up under an angel who sleeps under the trees
she’s made of bronze and memories
pictures of her on graves at Cave Hill
shine like a sunset in frame frozen still

Felt like an orphan when you disappeared
and I feel it each time the fall is here
when the birds fly away afraid of snow
when you left your broken bones below

But I have what you left in me
a little light, a little flower
and I patiently wait for the hours
when I can dream of you

All your sisters call for you
saying please come back home
and I wait in the evening
till they close the gates and I’m alone
but I’ll wait for you till I am gray
till they come and take me away

I have what you left in me
that little light, that little flower
and I patiently wait for the hour
when I can be with you.
Katy Hessig
April 20, 2009
Brittiney, I will always miss you but will not be sad because you are with your forever friend and I wonder if he plays a mean game of soccer? I know we miss your hugs but I know your are getting lots of love where you are.
Barbara White
April 19, 2009
October 19, 2008
Dear Britti,
...I miss you most...
...on warm, sunny autumn afternoons...
...watching giggling teenage girls eat
ice cream...
...walking thru the mall with no hand to
hold...
...in the middle of a long sleepless night
when the silence is deafening...
...each time someone says "what if"...
...when the new season of American Idol
begins...
...eating pizza in the dark and listening to
Delilah...
...watching Steel Magnolias "just one more
time"...
...as the Christmas seasons pass me by...
...every time I see a black and white cow...
...while walking the beech...
...reading Guide Posts...
...when I need a hug...
...when I laugh...
...when I cry...
...but most of all....I miss you on your
Birthday....
I love you,
mom
September 22, 2008
Dear Glenna & Matt,
You are in our thoughts & prayers!
I tried to email you, but the email address I have for you is no longer valid. We moved to Dusseldorf, Germany 12-31-07 (temorarily) and would like to keep in touch.

Blessings to you .... always!
The Gallus Family
September 22, 2008
Thinking of you all with love .... from abroad.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away" (anonymous)
Cheryl Gallus
September 12, 2008
Sitting here thinking about you Brittiney with tears in my eyes reading the Guest List. Yesterday I was looking at photos of happy times in Wakefield and it ripped my heart out. Approaching the anniversary date - it gets no easier to accept. You are sorely missed by everyone here and always will be.
Maureen Howland
September 9, 2008
I found Brittney's site on Find A Grave. This is such a beautiful memorial for a beautiful girl. It is so touching to know that she was loved
so much and that she loved the Lord and will be with Him for eternity. I know your angel is looking down and
letting you know that she is alright in
such a beautiful place. May God be
with you until you are joined again with her.
Karen Lightsey
July 26, 2008
Wish I could call you. Wish you were only away at college. Wish we could go back in time. Wish I could tell you how beautiful you are in every way. I think about you all the time and I hope to live with a spirit as strong and unbreakable as yours. miss you.
Katy
December 26, 2007
Christmas 2007 has come and gone...

It was a beautiful day in so many ways...Warm sun outside and warm conversation with family and friends inside...

Excitement on your little brother's and sisters' faces...

Almost perfect...Almost...

We sure do miss you, Britt...
October 19, 2007
BB,
I can still hear the excitement in your voice when you talked about your birthday. The closer it got the faster you talked.
Even though four years have gone by it still feels like "only yesterday"
(I love you and I miss you more)

October 19, 2007
To our little voice...

Happy Birthday!

Every single day, in ways both big and small, we sure do miss you here...
October 19, 2007
what if?
once upon a time, a life time ago
there lived...
and then she didn't
but now she will forever...
and what if?
once upon a long, long time ago
all that was...
and all that was sure to be
was simply "in between seventeen"?'
what if?
once upon a time
in a land far beyond here and now...
the sky will be deep purple,
daisies will blossom through winter
and all will be again
just as it should have been
What if?
once upon a time to come
we fall at the feet of our sweet Jesus, embrace souls that will never release us and live everafter...happliy... everafter?
what if?


just in case you don't know this... I miss you more with every passing birthday, every missed Maine sunset, every painful breath...this will never get easier for me but I will do my best to "suffer well "and "rejoice always" for His glory. My heart and soul ache for you , my mind obsesses and wonders constantly...this is not an easy road.
with all that I am,
I love and miss you ......
September 23, 2007
i'll remember you
and the things that we used to do
and the things that we used to say
i'll remember you that way...
September 13, 2007
There is something so nostalgic about Fall and around this season, I always find myself thinking about your mom and dad, Brittiney, and how much I know they miss you, and always will, even though we all celebrate the fact that you are with Jesus. I love you.
mary
May 27, 2007
I am a visitor from Wisconsin here in Louisville for the weekend spending time with family. We decided to wander through the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery after church today, and we were all very touched by the beautiful memorial for Brittiney. Though we did not know her personally, we all felt the tremendous love that surrounded Brittiney. Blessings to all who continue to mourn her loss.
Respectfully,
Bill, Mary, Anne, Jeff and Kayla.
Bill Hanel
December 27, 2006
thinking of you always..
October 22, 2006
Brittiney,
Your 21st birthday was a tough one for the Howland family. We were thinking of you and reminiscing about all the wonderful birthday parties you had here in Wakefield. You are sorely missed.
The Howlands
maureen howland
October 20, 2006
October 19th...

Your 21st birthday...A big milestone in many ways, but a small one compared to spending eternity with your Saviour...

We miss you and can't wait to be reunited with you again some day soon...

Until that day,
Your loving Mom and Dad
October 10, 2006
i miss you.
September 26, 2006
Dear Mr & Mrs Bevin,

I was never blessed to have met Britney, but i know her so well, you see it sounds strange but she is my angel.

God placed me in a seat next to Mr Bevin on a flight to louisville last year, he spoke about his wonderful family and beautiful daughter, it wasnt until the flight landed he explained she had crossed. Mr Bevin gave me the mass card with Britneys picture, which i took home to Ireland and which continues to touch people when i tell her story and read her diary entry. Her words far exceeded her age, those were the words of God.

I went through a dark point in my life a few weeks after i got off that flight, and it was those times i thought about Britney and prayed for her and i felt she kept me going, she inspired me, she gave me hope. She saved me.

I think about her everyday, and i cant imagine how hard it is for you, but im sure you know, you were blessed to have her in your lives, and I think God needed her to do his work, she was too precious for this world.
She was a beautiful angel in life and she is an angel in paradise.

Thank you God for Britney.
Amel Abdelkader
September 24, 2006
Britt with sisters - Summer '02
September 24, 2006
Brittiney doing what she loved in India
September 24, 2006
Britt with sister Madison
September 24, 2006
Brittiney with orphans in India
September 24, 2006
It's been three years now, but oh, how we miss your voice, your smile, your hugs...

We are so proud of you and the legacy you have left behind...We are challenged by that legacy every day and the world is a better place because of that...

How awesome it is to know with absolute certainty that we will see you again!
September 24, 2006
Brittany,
I have been thinking of you so much all week. But then again you are in my thoughts everyday, always. My heart is breaking for your sisters, Dad, and your sweet and loving mother Glenna during this especially painful week. Your absence is so sorely felt.
Only the memories are comforting.
Maureen Howland
maureen howland
September 22, 2006
it's hard to believe it's been one more year without you here...
June 12, 2006
Dear Matt, Glenna and family,

Today I was looking at some pictures saved on our computer and came accross Brittiney's picture. It brought back sweet memories of the mission trip she took to Mukti. It also reminded me that God's goodness and plan will be accomplished in ways beyond our widest dreams. Brittiney's smiling face with the children in the picture is probably very similar to the smile on her face in the presence of our Lord. May God continue to use Brittiney for His glory and the sharing of His love to a world that so desperately needs it. I pray God will continue to give all of you grace, courage, strength, peace and joy as you walk in the Light.

Prayerfully,

David
David Scott
April 3, 2006
Brittiney,
I wish I had known you so much better. I wish you knew how much you have impacted my life. You have encouraged my walk with Christ. Thank you Brittiney. Thank you so much.
E C
November 26, 2005
Brittiney, sometimes I sit here in this quiet room and think about what could have been had things turned out differently. Then I realize that my plans were never a part of God’s Plan. I thank Him for allowing our paths to cross, even if only for a short time, and I will continue walking along the path that He has set before me. I pray that it leads to you. I love you.

SPF
October 19, 2005

Happy 20th Birthday, Britt...Oh, how you are missed...
October 18, 2005
"If one day you feel like crying...
Call me.
I don't promise that I will make you laugh,
But I can cry with you.
If one day you want to run away-
Don't be afraid to call me.
I don't promise to ask you to stop...
But I can run with you.
If one day you don't want to listen to anyone...
Call me.
I promise to be there for you.
And I promise to be very quiet.
But if one day you call...
And there is no answer...
Come fast and see me.
Maybe I need you.
If I ever ignored you,
I'm sorry...
If I ever made you feel bad or put you down,
I'm sorry...
If I ever thought I was bigger or better than you,
I'm sorry.
I love you...
Don't ever forget that!
Through bad times and good,
I'll always be here for you.
I am sorry...
For everything wrong I've ever done.
I'm writing this because what if tomorrow never comes?
What if I never get to say good-bye or give you a BIG hug?
What if I never get to say I'm sorry or I love you?
Because what if tomorrow never comes?"
September 26, 2005
Matt, Glenna, and children,
We were all thinking of you on Thursday, the 22nd. It is so hard to believe that two years has passed. Brittiney's face and ways are so crystal clear in my mind. I still avoid driving past Chestnut St. as the memories are too painful. My heart felt as though it could break reading the touching messages that have been sent especially yours - her loving parents. She was such a very special girl. None of us still here will ever understand the why of it. I know that God will continue to give you the courage to go on. Brittiney would want that. She will always live in our hearts. God bless you all. We miss you.
maureen howland
September 22, 2005
Two years ago today you left us...Despite what many think and what many have said, it really doesn't get any easier...Just different...

Our hearts still ache for you, Brittiney...We think about every milestone in your life that would have come...Like in the summer when you would have finally gotten up on those water-skis...Or in the fall, when college is starting up...Or during the holidays when you would have been home and your friends would have come with you...Or when your baby brother began to recognize and grin at each face in the family...Every day that passes, we think of you...

The day after you left this earth, the newspapers reported that you were on your way home...They likely didn't realize just how right they were...And now you are there...Home...

We are on our way Home too, Britt...We are not sure how much longer the trip will be, but we can't wait to see you when we get there...

Forever,
Mom and Dad
September 22, 2005
I've been thinking about Brittiney all day and I want you to know you are all in my prayers.

Tell the girls we miss them and I hope we can visit again soon. Love, "Cat"
Vanessa Howland
June 4, 2005
i saw the statues and wanted to know what happened to such a young girl. we share a birthday-i'm sorry for your loss.
jessica
February 28, 2005
I didn't know Brittney, but I read your obituary and I feel for the family.
Britney Montoya
January 14, 2005
We received your package/card the other day. Lately I have been thinking A LOT about Brittiney and about all of you and I can't tell you how nice it was to hear from you. I wanted to say that not a day goes by or has gone by where I don't think about Brittiney. I miss her so much.

The Christmas gifts were so thoughtful. I put on the necklace as soon as I opened it and I love it. After I put it on I looked at my finger at the Jesus ring that you sent last year, which I wear on my pinky and have not taken off since (with the exception of for the shower). Vanessa still wears hers everyday as well.

We all miss you so much, and I truly hope we will be able to come visit you in Maine this summer.

Love,
Heidi Howland
October 3, 2004
September 22, 2004 was such a sad day for all of us. My heart ached so - but then it has ached everyday for a year. I cannot imagine the strength it must take for you, the family she loved so much, to persevere. Not a day has gone by that I have not thought about all of you and Brittiney. Reminders of her are everywhere. Vanessa and Heidi have many mementos in their rooms and there are so many photographs. I picture her beautiful face as though I saw her yesterday. At times the cruelty of having her ripped away is just too much. Please know that we will never forget Brittiney or any of you and you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Maureen Howland
September 22, 2004
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
~John 16:33-34
So a year's gone by and it still hurts. A lot. I'll never forget the smile that graced your face, the last words you spoke to me, the goofy things you'd do, jokes you'd tell, or the angels we always found on the soccer field. You still don't cease to amaze me. I was so blessed to have you in my life, even though our time together was short. You have encouraged me, and so many other people to walk with Christ, and showed us all His love. Thank you.
Loving you always,
Katherine
September 22, 2004
Her Smile
Though her smile is gone forever, and her hand we cannot touch, We still have so many memories of the one we love so much. Her memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part. God has her in his keeping and we have her in our heart's. So keep her memories in your heart's and pray they will be as fresh next year as they are today.
September 22, 2004
Like a cloud passing over a pond, so too was your time on this earth...

Visible to us down here for a brief time was your beauty...Reflected before us...Mysterious...Fleeting...

We are still here...Beside the pond...Looking down...But your reflection is gone...

May we have the faith and courage to lift our eyes...Up...Higher...

Perhaps then we will see that you are still here...On the horizon...Not fully removed from us, but rather just ahead...
July 7, 2004
I haven't yet found the right words to say about Brittiney. She was apart of my journey to Romania and we worked together closely on the trip. Inside the orphanages Brittiney and I cried inside and outside because we wanted so badly to bring home these boys that we played hopskotch with over and over again. They were beautiful. Later into the trip we had bonded. before the trip we had been in touch and prayed with each other for our finances. I couldnt ask to have shared my deepest feelings with anyone else. The day we left Texas.. I wasnt awake to see her off. But she left a letter on my bed next to my hand saying goodbye. I look at the letter hanging on my mirror everyday. If I had not read her last journal entry I dont believe I would have been strong enough to handle the news. She was more than beautiful. She showed what it was to be a godly woman .. and not to mention a very humble one. I will remember her forever.
Rachael Gibbs
June 8, 2004
Brittiney is tall and pretty with long, dark hair. Her quick glances avoid direct eye contact but connect in other ways. She is quick-witted, and very quiet around strangers. She’s like a mom to her little sisters, you know that comfortable, natural kind of way some people have with kids? Well, she’s got it. She’s not super sensitive with them like a normal kid would be around babies, she’s just naturally cool with them. You would think she's had kids of her own, and in a way I guess she has. She’ll flop them down in their seat instead of treating them like glass. She'll take them outside and play with them, and because of these things, they’re the kind of kids that like to go outside barefoot, and hold bugs, and swim in a lake or ocean, not prissy little girls who fear the world. But she also comforts them when they are sick, and holds them when they need her. She loves them like her own kids, and they love her like a mom.

I know that the merciful and good God that watched over Brittiney and her sisters, would not completely sever their contact. I cannot say what the afterlife holds for us, but I know that Love, unconditional love, somehow supernaturally continues. I don’t mean to sound phony, but it’s true. I see Brittiney’s sisters, and at times their eyes are filled with hate towards the world for taking their sissy away. One night,three of the girls together cried out for Brittiney. “We want Brittiney”, over and over till your heart feels like it’s being ripped right out of you. But it’s after those unbearable moments that the Love becomes evident. When the girls finally fall asleep, and their faces are at peace, I can only imagine what kind of dreams they experience, because I know that Brittiney still comes to them somehow. And when they get lost in moments of play, I know that she’s with them. When Grace(5) swings with the empty swing beside her, and states “Brittiney is in that swing, she’s there, we just can’t see her”, I realize that she knows more than most people can believe. The girls told their mom that Brittiney comes into their room at night, and I swear to you, I believe she does! I ache for the girls, but I’m also amazed by them, because their cries are not HOPELESS. Brittiney hears her girls and comforts them, just as she always has. And now they are all a part of her. Grace, Maddie, Mickie, and Lu, please REMEMBER. I think that Brittiney shares our joy in some way, so I wish for you joyful lives. Lives that have purpose and meaning in the small things.

It is this way of life that would be foreign to me, if not for Brittiney. She gave me the most valuable gifts I’ll ever receive. One: a true friendship, and two: meaning. Meaning in EVERYTHING. I miss you so much, and wait only for the day I’ll see you again.
anonymous
May 27, 2004
Today was your graduation...We missed having you there in person, but you were certainly there in spirit...A piece of you was in many hearts today as it is every day...

We love you today and always...
February 8, 2004
Brittiney will never be forgotten. She has touched more lives than she could have ever known until now. Constantly she is thought about and remembered for what a magnificent and beautiful girl she was. Never forget the memories you have and never be afraid to cling to them, they are yours forever.
January 7, 2004
I would have written something sooner if only I knew what to say. I don't think there are any words to convey how sorry I am for your loss. We all loved Brittiney very much. Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter, I will never forget her.
Vanessa Howland
December 1, 2003
To the Bevin Family:Matt, Glenna, Gracie, Maddie, Mickey, and LuLu; I send my deepest sympathy to you. Sometimes in life there are things we will never understand. For all of you, the loss of your daughter,(sister) might be one of those things. In Britiney's last journal entry,she said the her God held the deepest peace she could ever recieve. Brittiney is at peace. We cannot undestand this great peace. She is happier then imaginable. Brittiney is not gone forever. She is alive, Forever. She will stay in Heaven with her Lord, and she is satisfied because "Better is one day in His house than a thousand elsewhere" Matt and Glenna: Please stay close to your Lord. He is with you. Remember the Gift you were blessed with. Remember how happy she made you. and remember that you loved to see her happy and that is exactly what she is now.
Katy Bachelder
October 28, 2003
Bevin Family,
I had the privlege of being Brittiney's Team Leader on her trip to Romania. I saw a love in her heart that could only have come from God. She reached out selflessly to many Romanian orphans who at first may have appeared dirty, smelly, handicapped, and unlovable. Yet God found a vessel willing to do what His hands could not. I have been blessed to see the unrestrained compassion Brittiney showed those children in the name of her Savior.
David Ebert
October 28, 2003
To the Bevin Family,
Thank you to the family that raised an AWESOME woman of God. Brittiney was an amzing person, she never failed to let the Lord shine through her, with out even saying a word but just by her presence changed peoples lives! I thank God for putting her in life as we grew and explored Romania together, she was such a blessing to have. Be blessed, and once agian thank you!!
In him Alone,
Sue Arredondo
Sue Arredondo
October 27, 2003
I can see Brittiney smiling right now... Brittiney's words express not only her heart towards what happened this past summer, but they also revived what I experienced. I had forgotten the pain because no one here understood it. I can relate to the pain and compassion that she felt, thats something that God has bestowed upon me VERY heavily too. I remember in those times when God would show us something that hurt His heart, how it impacted us and we could love those kids even more. Its amazing how their form almost changed right in front of our eyes. Many of us started to see those kids the way God the Father sees them, that was one of the most impacting experiences I remember. Thank you for raising such a wonderful vessel of God. It won't be much longer till we get to see the sweet face of our King. Much love to you all!
Chrissy Favre
October 26, 2003
To Brittiney's family
I am happy to say that I was on the Romania trip with Brittiney, I just got the news today, since I didn't recieve the email.
I am so sorry, I really don't know what to say. I am still in shock.
I hope that you all will have everlasting peace as you remember the precious gift God gave you in a daughter named by God "Brittiney"
Melissa
Melissa Anderson
October 25, 2003
Dear Bevin Family,
As Britt's MA to Romania this past summer, hearing of her passing came as quite a shock. I loved that girl. She challenged me, stretched me and was the girl that I prayed most fevervently for God to catch hold of her heart in a way that she had never known before. I can see that He did. My best memory is of her in a Romanian Orphanage. The Lord broke her heart that day for the children there, and she was crying for most of the day that day. She amazed and inspired me that day. I will always love her, and cherish my time with her. Thank you for making her into who she was.

Kristen Lorenze
Teen Mania Ministries
Second Year Intern of the Honor Academy
Kristen Lorenze
October 25, 2003
To Brittiney's family, i am so sorry to hear about your loss.I had the priviledge of spending this summer in Romania with Brittiney and she touched so many lives, including mine. She was an amazing women of God and will foever be missed.
sarah scroggins
October 25, 2003
Dear Bevin Family,
Your daughter was such a blessing to have on our trip to Romania. I will never forget her smiling face that I saw every morning, afternoon, and evening. I will keep you in my prayers.

Love, Kayla
Kayla Petron
October 25, 2003
To Brittiney's Family,
Brittiney was an amazing person. Nothing she did was in vain, especially what she did for God. I pray that you and your's will be blessed by God and that you will never lose sight of hope. I am praying for all of you.
Seth Mueller
October 25, 2003
Dear Bevin family,
We send our love and prayers. It was such a blessing to go to Romania with Brittiney --she certainly shared the love of Jesus to many and to us, also. In July she even sent us a thank you note that we'll send to you, if you'd like. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you put into Brittiney that was multiplied and has blessed so many others! In His love, Howard and Pat, County Assistants, Romania
Howard and Pat Hake
October 25, 2003
To The Bevin Family,
Brittiney was a joy to have on my trip this summer, I remember how she could always make me laugh, she was a amazing women of God. Im praying for you guys, stick close to God.
Rachel
Rachel Nance
October 25, 2003
To the Bevin Family,
I was so blessed to have gotten to know Brittiney this last summer. She had a great sense of humor that brought me so much joy and she taught me so much through her heart for ministry and her love for people. You were truly blessed to have had her as a part of your lives. You all are in my prayers.
Love
~Johanna Schiffelbein
Johanna Schiffelbein
October 25, 2003
to the Bevin Family, Britt was an amzing women of God, to watch her grow to a full understanding of who God is was amazing to me, I send my Love an prayers.God bless
Jon Cecil
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