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Beautiful, Touching Obituary for 'Baby Gabby'

A father offers friends and family a chance to say "goodbye" or pay respects. "We know it is a difficult time, and there is indeed no handbook to consult for how to handle these things."

Editor's note: The following obituary for Gabriella R Tulley was published by Yurs Funeral Home. Those of us who have experienced similar loss offer our heartfelt condolences to family and friends.


Hi Everyone, 

It's Jay updating things on this late night message. Just wanted to let you know that Kelly came home from the hospital last night (Saturday) around 10:30 p.m. Physically she's doing well with recovery from the surgery. She's still sore and needs a lot of rest, which is no easy task with our three boys here :) Emotionally it will take a lot of time so the best way to check-in is to drop her an email or letter. She and I share the messages we receive frequently, and I can't tell you how much they mean to us!

For those of you that are interested, I have arranged a Funeral Mass for Gabriella Renee this Wednesday afternoon, January 22nd at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish Crane Road Church (6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175). The ceremony will then proceed and conclude at Resurrection Cemetery (37W210 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva, IL 60134). [Please Note: There will be no reception afterwards. See below for Memorial information in lieu of flowers.]

Respectfully, Kelly has chosen not to attend the service, which is absolutely her right to do. I certainly understand her wish to preserve the few hours alone we had with Baby Gabby as her lasting memory. So please, this information should not be taken as a request for you to be present at all costs. My intention is simply to give people a chance to say "goodbye" or pay respects, but I promise you there are no expectations. We know it is a difficult time, and there is indeed no handbook to consult for how to handle these things. Even my ideas for the "right thing" to do has changed dramatically since Thursday. So again, this is a personal decision for everyone to deal with and we are respectful of that completely.

Kelly and I have been thinking of additional ways that we would like to properly memorialize our precious daughter Gabriella. It's a work-in-progress, for sure, but we've talked about creating a Memorial at St. Alexius Medical Center, where Gabby and Kelly received care far beyond even our highest expectations. And/or perhaps something at St. Patrick's School/Church, where the outpouring of Faith and support from our dearest friends and staff has made this difficult time much more bearable. 

So, we definitely recognize that people want to help out but in times like this it's hard to know what to do — delicately balancing the desire to do something and yet not imposing. Thus, if you are so inclined, in lieu of flowers we will graciously and gratefully put any donations to good use to permanently remember our Little Angel Gabby!

Thank you again to all of you for your prayers, well-wishes, meals and support — we appreciate them dearly!

With Love Always,

Jay
EHP January 22, 2014 at 09:07 AM
So sorry for your loss.

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