Edwards Funeral Home

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Camila Rose Giani

September 14, 2014October 27, 2019

Camila Rose Giani is the daughter of Patricio and Jamie Giani, and little sister of seven-year-old Nora Jane Giani. She was brought into this world with love and celebration on September 14, 2014, and every day of her life she loved big and was loved by so many in return. On Sunday, October 27, 2019, a sudden and unavoidable illness ended her time with us here on earth, and began her time watching over us from heaven. She has finally gotten to meet her paternal grandmother Nora – her sister’s namesake. She is now able to watch over us and intercede for us as only the purity of a child could. There is no fairness in tragedy of this kind. Millie was so incredibly loved, and her loss will be forever carried by our family until our souls are reunited. We cannot hope to make sense of this loss, nor can we be expected to ever return to our lives unscarred by losing Millie. But we can try, even in our suffering, to celebrate the life she lived, and love each other in a way that would make her proud. Millie was a character, sometimes called a “little volcano” who could have some pretty impressive meltdowns. She could aggravate her sister Nora in a way that only a younger sibling can, and yet Nora loved her in the way that only an older sibling can. And they were, above all, dear friends. Millie was Nora’s whole world, her favorite person, her first and best friend whom she loved guiding through life. Millie loved being around her “Buscha and Maca,” (Debbie and Randy Kern) - her maternal grandparents. She loved having her Maca check to see if there was any chocolate growing under her arms. She unconditionally loved her Uncle Matt, and her family in Michigan, Uncle David and Aunt Meghan. The sight of Millie and Nora with their cousins Katelyn, Christopher, and Charlie, all sleeping together on a pallet is the type of memory you expect to talk about when everyone is all grown up. Millie also shared her big love with her paternal family from afar in Argentina. She is the center of her Abuelo’s world, and beloved by her Tio Maxi and Tia Mora, with their own little miracle, Merlina, who is the same age as her cousin Millie. Millie and her Papi, her daddy, Patricio, got to spend days together while the rest of the family was occupied, and they both cherished these “Papi and Millie” days – Millie called her Papi her “best bud.” Millie would climb into bed with her mama to have “morning cubbles” every day. There are a thousand mementos and memories every day which remind our family about Millie’s big personality, and remind us of how we’ve lost her far too soon. There is no way to encapsulate the spirit that Millie has, the tiny moments we cherish and never thought would be all we have. She wanted to be “an actor, a painter, a gymnast… and mostly all that.” She was a dancer, a singer, a performer, a debater, a cheerleader with original routines on Chiefs game-days. Millie wouldn’t always agree to give you a hug, but if you were lu¬cky enough to get one, it was always a fierce one. Millie had such potential of mind and spirit, and we were all curious and eager to see what she would become, how she would change the world in her own particular way. She did not have enough time, not nearly enough, but, just like Millie, she still found a way to change our world forever. It’s up to us now to ensure that we take her memory and the impact of her loss, and make our lives an echo of the love that Millie gave to us. Our family appreciates the outpouring of love and support from everyone during this time of tragedy. We want to acknowledge those gestures in a way that will most honor Millie’s memory. We will be having a private service for immediate family only, but we encourage all those interested in showing their support to share their stories and pictures on Millie’s page: fb.me/RememberingMillieRose We are starting The Millie Giani Scholarship for the Arts to help others chase dreams that Millie wasn’t able to. In lieu of flowers, those interested in supporting this cause can donate at: gofundme.com/f/Kern-Giani-Family-Fund We love you Millie. We love you so much.


Camila Rose Giani

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Lavetta Beshears

November 5, 2019

My heart broke when I heard this news. I do not have any words to make it better but I hope you know that my prayers for your comfort have been constant since I heard this news. "Patrick" I know how much love and joy you hold for your daughters. It was apparent in the shining light in your eyes when you spoke of them. It is said "a little child will lead them" and it would seem your Millie was a leader here during her brief moment. I have no doubt she will also be your beacon shining on the path for you forever. Many, many prayers and much love.

Briley Pulley

November 2, 2019

Millie was and forever will be a very special student of mine. I will never forget how insanely smart she is. Millie was only 5 years old but would soon be reading. I can remember her always raising her hand high and waving it so hard so I would call on her to answer the questions in class. Millie was full of knowledge. Mrs. Pulley’s class will save your seat as we know you will ALWAYS be with us. I love you.

Jane Hinkle

October 31, 2019

Sending sincere condolences to the Giani and Kern Families. Our son Jay was in Jamie's high school class and we remember her so fondly in high school and college. Praying for God's comfort in the future for your sweet family.

Sonja Churchill

October 31, 2019

I was blessed to have met Millie a few times throughout her life. She was a sweet and spunky little girl. My heart breaks for all of you. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

olga cappurro

October 30, 2019

Mi amada pequeña Princesa Dulce, te amo tanto, tanto y te amare el resto de mis días. A distancia intercambiamos fotos graciosas y algunos videos. Dia a dia supe de tus juegos y logros. Se que estaras jugando, de la mano de tu abuela Paterna, Nora, mi hermana, y también con nuestros padres, tu segundo nombre es el de la mamá de tu abuela. Rose. Tu padre, es como un hijo para mi, lo amo, adoro, aprendí también amar a tu madre desde el primer momento que la conocí. Y sabes como amo a tu hermana. Millie todos como familia estaremos juntos y amandonos por siempre, en la tierra o en el cielo. Tu tía abuela Olga