Sweet Kelsey Girl August 4, 2009 – February 20, 2010


Yesterday at 4:15 pm, Feb, 20, 2010,  sweet baby girl Kelsey Matthews passed away peacefully with her Mom, Dad and big brother Keeton lying by her side. Though her short time on our earth was a struggle from the beginning until the end, Kelsey touched the lives of so many people in ways she will never know.

Kelsey’s mother Patti created a blog – theupfamily.blogspot.com which chronicled Kelsey’s journey as she fought to overcome so many enormous medical obstacles. Though she was unable to make it on this earth – her story was followed by so many people, including complete strangers, who were touched by the Matthews family’s courage and Kelsey’s determination. Especially moving were the incredible and numerous lessons of faith by those who loved her most – her Mother Patti and father Andy Matthews – our sweetaffliction.com co-founder. Their unrelenting love and faith has been an incredible example to so many of us who long to feel what it is like to trust in God and his plan. We know through the Matthews example and our Lord Jesus Christ that Kelsey is in a better place and will wait for her loving family to join her someday in God’s grace.

The Matthews family welcome flowers and would love any donations to be made to the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. Funeral arrangements can be viewed at www.theupfamily.blogspot.com

Below are some emotionally moving pictures the Matthews were kind enough to share with us of their family sharing some final moments with Kelsey the day she passed.

God Bless Sweet Kelsey Girl Matthews and her mommy, daddy and big brother.

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8 Responses to “Sweet Kelsey Girl August 4, 2009 – February 20, 2010”

  1. Andy, we haven’t spoken for a while, but I wanted to let you know that I’m deeply sorry for your loss of your sweet baby girl Kelsey. She looked like a little angel and now she is one of God’s little angels in heaven. Our heavenly father will take good care of her, She is at peace now.

    My thought’s and prayers are with you and your family.

    May God Bless.

    Nancy Diaz

  2. Andy & Family –

    What a blessing and challenge you have all been through. Little Kelsey was your gift, and sadly she was only with you physically for a short time, but she will live on forever in your hearts. I know that you all will treasure that remembrance.

    My condolences to you all. Be well!

    Axel Freese

  3. To Andy, Patti and Keeton:
    My deepest condolences to your family.
    I had no idea when I called today, and had not been told of your darling daughter/sisters struggle.
    I am so terribly sorry to hear of Kelseys passing.
    I know she fought hard to stay with us in this world, but trusting there is comfort knowing that there was a higher plan, and she is in Gods loving arms now .
    Heaven did indeed, need more Angles.
    Your friend, Jeff
    Raleigh, NC

  4. Andy,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss of your precious baby girl. May it comfort you, somehow, to know that she is in heaven now; and no longer suffering and enduring all that she had to endure during her short time here.
    My prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time

  5. Dear Andy: My deepest condolences on your family’s loss. Words fail me in times like these. They ring hollow, and are never enough to encompass the wide-ranging emotion of grief. Know that you and your family are loved, and that Kelsey will always be with you.
    Andy Blackledge

  6. Andy,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Kelsey. The picture of you and Pattie with her is heart-warming and so very precious. My heart and prayers are with you all. Kelsey was a beautiful baby girl and very special. It’s hard to find words of comfort, but know that my family cares about you. You were such an inspiration to Danny and I when we first met you in Dallas, 1991, and we were trying to understand a bleeding disorder and what life would hold for Joshua. You are right, having a bleeding disorder is a blessing, just like Kelsey and how much she was loved. Please take care and I’m sure I will see you at one of the meetings.

  7. Andy,
    We only saw each other briefly at HFA and I only learned of your loss after we spoke. You are a strong family and Kelsey was a beautiful little girl. My condolences fo you and your family for your loss.

  8. Andy & Patti

    I am so sorry for your loss but, God is Awsome and will find it in your hearts to Grow and a wonderful door will open. I realize in my life how important how important our children in our life is

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