ABBIE BENFORD
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Chesmore Funeral Home
57 Hayden Rowe St
Hopkinton, MA
BENFORD, Abbie, 15, of Hopkinton, passed away due to an anaphylactic reaction on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Boston Childrens Hospital. Born in Alexandria, VA, she was the daughter of Amy (Brill) Benford and Stephen Benford of Hopkinton. Besides her parents, Abbie leaves behind her Brother, David Benford of Hopkinton; her Maternal Grandmother, Deanna Brill of Warwick, RI; her Aunt, Lauri Cohen and husband, Barry of Franklin, her Uncle, Michael Brill of Warwick, RI; Paternal Grandmother, Judith Benford of Wakefield, RI, and Paternal Grandfather, George Benford of Wakefield, RI, her Uncle, Scott Benford of Narrangansett, RI, and her Aunt, Stacie Ohsberg and husband, Dale of Hampton Falls, NH. Abbie was just shy of her 16th birthday which would have been on December 26th. She was a goalie on the Hopkinton High School Varsity Field Hockey Team. Abbie was never seen without a smile on her face. She was full of life, love, and laughter. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 21st, from 2pm-7pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www. ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A 10:00 a.m. service will be held on Sunday, December 22nd, at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, 670 Highland Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Abbie's memory to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 7925 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 1100, McLean, VA 22102. www.foodallergy.org
Published by Boston Globe from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2013.
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Abbie,
I am a Physician Assistant practicing Allergy in Miami, FL for the past 12 years but most importantly, I am the Mother of a child with food allergies. I know all about the fear of having a child growing up with food allergies and I cannot begin to imagine the pain and the void that your early departure has brought to your family and friends. I just want you to know that your death will not be in vain. I will dedicate my yearly Food Allergy Education presentation to you at my son's or any other school I present to this year.
Shine a light from above little angel.

Mariana Viera-Navarro, MPH, PA-C
Mariana Viera-Navarro
August 8, 2014
Dear Amy, Steve, and David,

We just learned today, through chance and a mutual FB friend, of the passing of your beautiful daughter Abby. Its been many years since we were neighbors in Holliston but we remember you all fondly and remember Abbie's beautiful smile and infectious laugh and spirit. It is heartbreaking to learn of her sudden passing and we wanted to express our deepest sympathy to you all. Sending our love and prayers to each of you at this time. Love, Sue & George and Josh, Hope, and Zack Andrew
April 8, 2014
Beyond sad. This is the absolute worse thing that could happen to a family. Fortunately, my son is in treatment for peanut anaphylaxis. I will forever wonder if we had reached you in time with this news, could we have prevented your loss? If there is anything we can ever do for you, anything you need, please contact us at Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure on fb or email if you have that access. We keep you in our minds and hearts. Liseetsa and family.
January 18, 2014
Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God and your fond
memories give you and your family comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Ms Porter
December 31, 2013
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My granddaughter has food allergies, though it's scary, we cherish the joy she brings, and Abbie brought you that. May God comfort and strengthen you.

With heartfelt prayers,
M W
December 29, 2013
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Benford, you don't know me but my son has severe food allergies. My heart aches for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Entire faebook group "no nuts moms group support group and forum" is grieving with you. -Dipti
Dipti Shah
December 28, 2013
As a fellow food allergy mother, this breaks my heart. I am praying for Abbie's parents and family to find the strength during this very difficult time.
Andria
December 27, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful girl loved by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.
Linda Gerberich
December 26, 2013
May God comfort you, that you may find peace under His wing.
Diana Pardo
December 26, 2013
Amy, I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the memories of Abbie.
Leslie Jackson
December 24, 2013
My heart goes out to your family. May you find peace and strength in the coming days. There are many people in the food allergy community grieving with you. My 14 yr old son has multiple food allergies too. Praying for your family for the loss of your precious daughter.
Lesley A
December 23, 2013
To the Family & Friends of Abbie: I did not know Abbie, but my heart goes out to all who knew her. Such a beautifull girl gone too soon. May you all take comfort in your memories at this most difficult time. May Abbie rest in peace. She is now your angel.
December 23, 2013
R.I.P.
December 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this devastating tragedy. My son is anaphylactic to peanuts. He's in treatment now but we still live with this constant fear of "what if..." Words could never bring peace to you but know that you are not alone and her Light will shine in you forever.

~Liseetsa Mann
Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure, fb.
December 22, 2013
Our hearts go out to you and we express out deepest condolences on your loss. Aleasa M. Word, Founder - Flowers for Anaphylaxis
Aleasa Wo
December 22, 2013
My heart and prayers go out to your family! Blessings and prayers to all of you at this most saddest of times. From another food allergy family! <3
K Woolbert
December 21, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. My teen son also has food allergies. My heart breaks for your family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Vivian Stock-Hendel
December 21, 2013
Dear Amy, Stephen,& David,
I am a good friend of the Thissell family. I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful daughter Abbie. May your fond memories of happy times together get you through this most difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Ellen Hendrix
December 21, 2013
Abbie will always be remembered as a sweet, kind, lovely, and sparkling child. To the Benford family, all our love and sympathy--Frank & Donna Ferris
December 21, 2013
I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I am the mother to a daughter with life-threatening food allergies. My thoughts are with you and I will continue my efforts at raising awareness and funds in hopes that a cure will be found.
A food allergy mom
December 21, 2013
To the Benford family, we wish to convey our deepest sympathies. Abbie was so sweet was always cheerful, and she was never afraid to be the zaniest kid in the group to elicit smiles from her friends. She was ever true to herself and we will never forget her. May God give you strength and bless your family.
Dave Franklin and Julie Forte
December 21, 2013
The girls told me about Abbie and it was such a shock to hear. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
William Mahoney
December 21, 2013
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you Amy and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. I remember a post about Abbie being at Nature's Classroom and how she enjoyed it so much. It gave me hope for my son and his trip. We are so very sorry Amy. Trina and Andy Davis
Trina Davis
December 21, 2013
Your family is in our prayers. May God comfort and keep you all through this time!
Kisha Heaggans
December 21, 2013
Amy and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. Heaven has gained a special angel that will always be with you and watch over you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
Deb Marquis
December 21, 2013
My heart breaks for you and your family. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way...from a food allergy family in NH.
December 21, 2013
Dear Amy and Family,

My heart is broken for you all.
No words can really be of any solace to you at this time, but please know I will pray for your strength and Courage in days to come.

I know that Abbie will be watching over you now and that all the memories you shared together will keep her beloved memory alive forever.
With love,
Naomi Halpert (camp jori nurse)
Naomi Halpert
December 21, 2013
My heart breaks for your family in the loss of your Abbie. Many prayers...from a food allergy mom in NJ.
December 21, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to Abbie's family and friends during this difficult time.
Kathy McHugh-Tirey
December 20, 2013
I am so so sorry for your loss. Abbie was a wonderful student with a bright smile. I was fortunate to have taught her in 6th and 7th grade. She will be greatly missed. Thinking of all the Benfords.
Carrie Scott Sullivan
December 20, 2013
As a mother of a child with food allergies, I extend my deepest condolences. My heart goes out to Abbie and your family.
Melissa Klotz
December 20, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 20, 2013
As a parent of children with severe food allergies, I'm praying for the family. She has such a beautiful and angelic face. Thinking of them at this tragic time..... So terribly sad........
Danielle G
December 20, 2013
Amy my condolences to you and your family I am so sorry for your loss.I will keep you in my prayers.
Kathy Broccoli
December 20, 2013
Amy and family,
Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your daughter. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Mary Beth Robinson Boettger
Cranston YMCA Kids World
December 20, 2013
To the Benford family, my deepest sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength during this very difficult time. Abbie may be resting but she is very much alive in God's memory. Psalms 91:1
December 20, 2013
In our thoughts and prayers
The Naughton Family
December 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go to the family of this young lady.
james burke
December 20, 2013
For you Abbie
December 20, 2013
We want to extend our condolences to the Benford family. We are all praying for you.
-The Elliott's
(Chris, Mary-Beth, Hannah and Matthew)
The Elliott's
December 20, 2013
Amy,
So sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Abbie. Ellie and her family are thinking of you and your family during this very sad time.
Nancy O'Connor
December 20, 2013
Your child's life will not go without notice. She has touched more lives than you will ever know. Her passing leaves those in the food allergy community grief stricken as well. I will say kaddish this shabbat for your daughter. B'shalom.
Cynthia Nirenblatt
December 20, 2013
May Abbie's memory be for a blessing. My deepest condolences.
December 20, 2013
Amy, I cannot begin to express how sorry I am for the loss of your daughter. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bethany Levin
Bethany Levin
December 20, 2013
I want to extend my condolences to the family of Abbie Benford. This life changing event is very hard to bear, but time will lessen the pain and sorrow. May you find comfort from the God of all comfort at this difficult time as you move through this mourning period.
A. T.
December 20, 2013
As a grandmother, whose 2 grandchildren both have severe peanut allergies, my heart goes out to you family. I pray that Abbie is safe now, in the arms of Jesus.
Nancy Oates
December 20, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Our daughter is anaphylactic to tree nuts.
Crystal Pollock
December 20, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. My son has a nut allergy. You're in my prayers. God Bless
Erin C
December 20, 2013
Amy so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time
The Shatz Family
December 20, 2013
As the parent of a severly allergic now 7 year old (peanut allergies), I just CANNOT imagine all that you are going through with losing your dear Abbie!! Prayers for all of you!!
Steve Elliott
December 20, 2013
My heart goes out to you and yours. Here in Chicago I have two teens with the same diagnosis, I could not image what you are experiencing, but I send prayers and tears to you and yours.

There's another star in the sky shining brightly this season.
Bernadette Byrnes
December 20, 2013
I am a parent of a food allergic child. Our deepest condolences.
JT Dodge
December 20, 2013
Condolences!! tragic loss!
December 20, 2013
So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers with you and your family....
The Hayes
December 20, 2013
My son was a classmate of Abbie's and fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Abbie. Abbie is in the heart of many friends, family members, students, teachers and parents. Sending love and light to Abbie and the Benford family.
Donna Dobay
December 20, 2013
Amy, you and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers everyday. Praying for comfort for you and your family
The Richardson Family
December 20, 2013
Amy,
As a mom with a son with severe egg allergy, I am so very sad to hear about the loss of your daughter. My family's thoughts are with you and your family!

Debra (Silverman) Bourassa
December 20, 2013
Dear Judy an George an Family so sorry ti hear of Abby's sudden passing.Our hearts are with you at this very difficult time.Please know that you are in our thoughts an prayers.Love Aunty Bet an Family.
Pammy DiGiacomo
December 20, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. my son is a senior at the High school.my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
margaret farrell
December 20, 2013
As a parent of a food allergic child, my heart hurts for you. As your sweet daughter finds peace and joy in heaven, may you also find it here on earth.
December 20, 2013
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I am a mom of a peanut-allergic 8-year-old boy in Illinois. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane Caplan
December 20, 2013
Although we've never met, my family has life threatening food allergies. Your Abbie is beautiful and I was saddened to learn about her passing. I hope that donations made in her memory help find a cure. My heart aches for you and I pray for your strength and comfort.
A Food Allergy Mom
December 20, 2013
Abbie amazed us with her cheerful attitude and a smile that never left her face. Our children looked forward to her babysitting....
Ray Fryer
December 20, 2013
My heart is breaking for all of Abbie's loved ones. As a parent of a 14 year old peanut allergic girl, I am so sorry and saddened for your loss. I am praying to God that he can somehow comfort all who were blessed with Abbié's love.
Tricia Cannizzaro
December 20, 2013
So saddened to hear about your daughter. The Southboro community holds you in their prayers
Celeste Kimball
December 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sorrowful time.
Judi
December 20, 2013
Our sincerest condolences on your tragic loss of Abbie. May all of your wonderful memories bring you peace.
Fondly,
The Santucci Family
Tony, Nancy,Allen, Julia and Olivia
Nancy Santucci
December 20, 2013
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Ronna Aronson
Ronna Aronson
December 20, 2013
May the Love of Christ comfort you in your time of sorrow. May Abbie's sould rest in peace, Amen.
December 20, 2013
Love and light to the family from MI
Mel Ancholy
December 20, 2013
To the family of Abbie...I am so sorry for your loss. I had an anaphylactic reaction once and I was very lucky. When I read this obit, it sent chills up my arms. I feel your pain. Sincere condolences to all.
December 20, 2013
My familyand I send our thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. We have a daughter whom is anaphylactic to peanuts and are always on the edge of our seats when she's out if our site. Let's pray that they find some cure for this and if we could educate those unknown of the dangers of food allergies.
Michael Perry
December 20, 2013
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time.
Alex Janes
December 20, 2013
Abbie, you were sunshine all of the time. I could not be more honored to have known you and taught you. Your voice will forever be in my heart.
Lisa Conant
December 19, 2013
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Benford,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I don't know your daughter, I am praying for your family. An entire food allergy community (No Nuts Moms Group) is praying for you. I am so sorry.

Julie Sane
Julie Sane
December 19, 2013
My prayers and condolences to the family & friends.
Jamie Kiefer
December 19, 2013
From a mother whom you don't know, but has a daughter with food allergies I send my deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers.
Tiff W
December 19, 2013
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