OBITUARY

Kaitlin Michele Geoffrion

January 13, 1999June 3, 2014

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.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, June 6, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 7, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Immediately following all are invited to a celebration in honor of her life at 1150 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
REMEMBERING

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Randi Lorber

September 15, 2014

I was thinking about kaitlin this morning, actually looking at pictures of she and I at las campanas. I didn't want to bother anyone by sending emails because we have been out of touch a few years. So I searched the internet and looked at the woof out page. I'm so deeply saddened.She was such an amazing, brave, kind, and funny sweet sweet girl. I feel so blessed to have known her and all of you. Spring and billy bob are with her. I love you sweet girl.

Tanner Anderson

July 14, 2014

My name is Tanner Anderson. I met Kaitlin once, but her impact on me will last a lifetime. I wrote this last week after hearing about her passing. I had no way of contacting the family until I found this page. I so desperately wanted to tell them what her she meant to me. I would love to hear from them: tannera651@gmail.com

I know everything may not be accurate, but this is how I remember it and view that day I had the pleasure of sharing with Kaitlin and her family.

I work at a restaurant where it is common for patrons to ask me about who my favorite celebrity to wait on is or what's a good story I could share. My response is always the same. I recant a story of this little girl I met over a year ago. and how she is the biggest celebrity in my eyes that I have ever met. After I am done most people agree. I think you will too.

Her name I don't remember, but the moments that we shared are as vivid to me as any memory one could have. She was 13 at the time, a mute and completely paralyzed. She couldn't communicate or move except for smiling and blinking. I knew she was special from the second I saw her because she had so much love in her eyes despite being dealt a terrible hand. Natural beauty was something that she possessed even in her depleted state.

Her family had everything one could ask for: copious amounts of money, attractive physical appearances, and extended relatives to share this perfect world with. Their party consisted of twenty guests. My personality is such that I have a soft spot in my heart for those who have been dealt a tough hand by God. My sympathy extends towards them because I find it unjust that someone such as myself could be so blessed, while others struggle so mightily through no fault of their own. How can that be fair? But of a man of faith I know there is a reason. Little did I know the impact this chance encounter would have on my life.

As rule, I make it a point to show extra attention to people like this. If anything I want them to feel special even if it were just for a moment. After introducing myself to the warm table that was their party, as I always do finding small talk in our common backgrounds, I go to the monitor by their table to enter a drink order. With my back turned I feel a tap on my shoulder. Being taller I turn around and instinctively bend down to see this smiling woman with a large camera around her neck beaming at me. She waves me to come closer as she whispers in my ear, “My little girl over there is boy crazy, if you could flirt with her a little bit and make her smile we would greatly appreciate it.”

Say no more, it would be an honor to make her happy even if only for a moment.

Upon returning I immediately go to her, get nose to nose so she can look right into my eyes. I begin speaking to her as a smile streaks across her face. As an actor, the eyes are the key to our soul. That's how you can tell a good actor from a bad one, what is happening behind their eyes. Are they faking it or really telling the truth as their character? She was not faking this smile; her happiness was genuine as I recanted stories of meeting One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Returning to my job, the group settles in as they generally do. She has a full time nurse always caring for her, which allows me some time to speak with her parents and get a little back-story.

At age 11 she went mute for no particular reason and the doctors couldn't figure out what happened. By age 12 she was paralyzed and couldn't move and had to be in a wheel chair with 24-hour care. No explanation given.

I am an emotional man, I'm not afraid to cry. This of course made me do just that. How unjust. How unfair. What could I do, not as a waiter, but as a person to make her day better? My idea was to give her some souvenirs while maintaining my “special attention” quest. After all, this girl for some reason I just felt drawn to on a personal level.

The dinner was great, everyone was laughing and smiling. I posed for pictures with the little girl and other members of the family. I almost forgot I was working I enjoyed myself so much.

Like all things, the dinner must come to an end. Each member of the party thanked me and went about to their awaiting cars. I said my good byes and the parents who were more than gracious hugged me as we both cried silently. I knew she would have a tough path ahead of her. I hope that she had enjoyed herself even for the tiniest of moments.

Monday I come into work, hung-over, depressed, and in a bad mood. My life hasn't been going as I planned, my career is in a stalemate, work is dull, and I'm lonelier than I have ever been. Today is one of those days where I will be keeping to myself and leaving early.

Then something happened.

Another waiter told me that a couple from Dallas had come in the previous evening looking for me and had left me a note. The waiter started recanting this story about their granddaughter they were speaking about. They had showed him pictures they had brought with them.

As he is telling me this I begin to get frantic because I knew whom he was speaking about. They had come in to see me on a Sunday since that was when I waited on them the previous summer. They must have assumed my schedule didn't change. Oh how I would have loved the opportunity to see them again.

The other waiter begins getting emotional saying he has chills on his arms as he tells the story of meeting this couple. Then he dropped the bombshell.

The little girl died last week at age 14.

I immediately lose it, asking him where the note is.

My manager finds it.

“Tanner- We were here last summer, my granddaughter, Kaitlin in a wheelchair- you charmed her! Actually, you charmed our whole group! Kaitlin passed away but she always remembered that day with you! And she kept the champagne cork! Your kindness touched us all. DeeDee Sibich”

I couldn't go out to my tables after that. I was an emotional wreck getting consoled by other grown men as I cried over a girl I had met just once. I don't think she realized how much she impacted my life. I talked about her all the time and thought about her even more.

As an actor the reason I decided to pursue this profession was to effect people's lives. As a sickly child myself, I always found that the one constant in everyone's room when dealing with some sort of illness was a television. People were attempting to escape their present state even for a moment thru watching others entertain them. I wanted to be that source of escape. The reason people smiled and forgot about the hardships of their life. I wanted to have a positive influence.

I guess Kaitlin helped validate me in some sort of way. Although my career and life have not gone the way I expected to this point, it is fulfilling for me to know that I am enough. That Tanner as a man is a good person with a heart that cares for others, that I am able to have a positive effect on others. That these eccentric qualities I possess and were the cause of torment for me by my peers growing up, are being used in a positive way to effect others even if its in the smallest of scope at this juncture of life.

Life can beat you down and get tough sometimes. Kaitlin thru her death but more importantly her life taught me that no matter how hard things may get for you, it can always be worse. If she can smile thru everything she had to endure in her short 14 years, I sure as hell can too.

I am thankful for meeting Kaitlin. I can't wait to see the healthy her in heaven some day out of the wheel chair speaking with God and smiling like always.

Carrie Harlan

June 22, 2014

As nurses we're not supposed to get too close to our patients, but it was impossible not to love fierce, beautiful Kaitlin. I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with her.

Dee-Dee and Tommy, there is no doubt in my mind that her life was longer and so much richer thanks to your love and care. I've never seen two people more devoted to a child, and just as you were blessed with her, so was she blessed with you. Wishing you peace and comfort, always.

Nate and Lindsey Houck

June 16, 2014

Scott and Amy,

We were so sorry to hear about Kaitlin. We are praying for you and your family.

Nate and Lindsey Houck

Jenna Shely

June 7, 2014

Kaitlin was a wonderful girl and I was lucky to know her at The Joy School. She will be missed. She will a always be in my heart. Kaitlin I love you. My love and prayers to you and your family.
Jenna Shely

Joseph, Melissa, Miranda, Bucket, & Carson Howell

June 7, 2014

We can only hope to be as brave and as spirited as Kaitlin was. She will always be in our hearts and on our minds. Tommy, Dee Dee, Scotty and family - we hope and pray for peace in your hearts and comfort from now until eternity. Thank you for sharing Kaitlin with us. We love you guys!

Jolie Ramos

June 7, 2014

Kaitlin, Jolie only had one opportunity to meet you @ Camp for All on her first adventure there. She says you were very nice. We will pray for your family... God has a beautiful Angel in Heaven looking down on all of us.

Patty Meyer

June 7, 2014

We only met Kaitlin once, at Jarrett and Jennifer's wedding. She was a beautiful girl! Our hearts goes out to you. We know what it's like to lose a grandchild. Our prayers are with you!

Sammy Sabalesky

June 7, 2014

Sammy Sabalesky

June 7, 2014