Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


River Elisa Oko

January 25, 2020February 6, 2020

Mommy and Daddy please don't cry, I opened my eyes today. I saw the world you wanted for me, And how perfect it was going to be. Mommy, I saw my room that you decorated so pretty, You know, Daddy never quite finished it.

Although you may never have heard the sound of my voice, I have plenty to say. I love both of you very much, This includes my big sisters too. I heard all of you say, "I love you River." And that is when I wiggled my feet. I did that for 10 of my 12 days, Before I had to go to sleep.

But Mommy and Daddy please don't cry, I opened my eyes today.

Mommy, I heard you and Daddy, Mikayla and Madison... Omi and Mom-mom, And hmmm Aunt Gina snuck in there too!

I see New York City, And all the bright lights. I see all the trips and adventures you planned for me, And my 13th birthday one too!

Mommy you waited so long, You have to be strong. I loved all of your plans, And the things we would do. I loved when we were silly, And the music we would play.

I loved our special time in that little park, Especially when it got dark. I loved all of our dogs... But why so many.

Mommy and Daddy, you had dreamed a lifetime for me,

I saw the cookies and school, And that Santa was pretty cool. I saw dresses and messes, Oh all the things we could do.

Those things will have to wait, As I wait for you at heaven's gate. Please be rest assured that I love all of you so much and will watch over you, Because, Mommy and Daddy

I opened my brown eyes today. -River Elisa Oko

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital NICU on behalf of River are being accepted and matched up to $10,000 by The Stellar Foundation. For check donations: Please direct checks payable to The Stellar Foundation in honor of River Elisa Oko. Checks can be mailed to The Stellar Group, attention Fawn Fare, 2900 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. For credit card donations: Please visit the following website (http://www.stellar.net/media/386502/donation-form.pdf) to download a printable credit card authorization form. Mail completed form to The Stellar Group, attention Fawn Fare, 2900 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Questions regarding the Stellar Foundation may be directed to Fawn Fare at ffare@stellar.net. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025


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Anthony and Rosalie Tascarella

February 20, 2020

In loving memory of River Elisa Oko - who will always be in the hearts of those who loved her.

Kathy and Jim Oko

February 17, 2020

Ten long, little fingers
Ten tiny toes
Perfect petite mouth
With cute girlie nose

From Coast to Coast, the people prayed
Our granddaughter was adored
Hope, prayers and love were abundant
River fought a valiant fight

Gone too soon, her life touched many
No answers to why; we can't understand
But our faith must prevail
Watching over us. River sends us strength and peace

Until we meet at Heaven's Gate,
Love Mom-Mom and Pa

Ray & Maureen Wilkinson

February 14, 2020

Those we love don’t go away they are by our sides everyday. Unseen, not heard but always near and in our hearts they stay. With our deepest sympathy may God bless River and may He keep her until you meet again. Love Maureen and Ray Willkinson

Ray & Maureen Wilkinson

February 14, 2020

The one we love don’t go away us they are with us everyday

Dale and Lynn Gosney

February 14, 2020

Our prayers and hearts are with you at this time of such great loss. Our love to the whole family.

Dale and Lynn Gosney