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Kathleen Edward Inspired People from Around the Nation

Grandmother thanks "everyone for their love and their support” after 9-year-old girl dies from complications of Huntington's disease.

A little girl whose story touched more people in two years than others have in a lifetime, , died in Wyandotte due to complications of Huntington’s disease Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. She was 9 years old.

Kathleen’s battle with Huntington’s disease inspired thousands of people who showered her with gifts, good wishes, vacations and prayers.

Kathleen spent most of her life fighting the disease, making it difficult for her to be involved in sports. Instead, she enjoyed reading and listening to her iPod.

“A friend bought her an iPod and she loved it,” Kathleen’s grandmother Rebecca Rose said. “She would just play songs for hours.”

Born on Nov. 5, 2002 in Wyandotte, MI, Kathleen also liked riding her bike, when her health allowed, and water slides.

Huntington’s disease also claimed the lives of Kathleen’s mother, Laura Kelly Edward; grandfather, Wilson O’Brien; and cousin, Kyle O’Brien.

Kathleen developed a strong love for elephants. It was her mother’s favorite animal.

The love people had for Kathleen was immeasurable.

One admiring fan, Timothy Carr, a New York City police officer, drove from New York to Kathleen’s father’s house in Wyandotte to make her an honorary New York City police officer by presenting her with a plaque and trophy. Carr, having heard Kathleen’s story, brought her a New Your City Police Department uniform, badge and handcuffs.

“We’re all saddened here,” Chief Jim Nardone of the said. “She was a brave young girl who inspired all of us.”

Kathleen is survived by her grandmother; father, Robert Edward; stepmother Gabrielle Edward; two younger sisters, Ashley and Maddison; aunts Marie, Holly and Shannon; uncles Jesse, Ron and Ray; great-grandfather Edward; as well as several cousins and step-siblings.

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and funeral services are scheduled for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14. She will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery next to her mother.

Memorial contributions for Kathleen may be made to Robert Edward.

"Thanks to everyone for their love and their support,” Rose said.

pete163 January 12, 2012 at 09:48 PM
RIP Kathleen
Hippie Photography January 12, 2012 at 09:49 PM
This is so sad! RIP Kathleen!
Stephanie Keffer January 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
So sad to hear this and yes Kathleen was loved by the public and touched the lives of those that never even knew her. May she rest in peace with her mother.
ZENITA STEPHENS January 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
R.I.P u will always be loved and missed.
ZBADFALCON@aol.com January 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Rest in peace. Im sure that you are an angel in Gods arms...
Barb Cagle January 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Such a beautiful little girl, So sad RIP Kathleen.
Michael Robinson January 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
She is a beautiful little girl and from this father (6 year old little girl named Mya) my heart goes out to the father (who lost his wife as well as his daughter) and his family. Though I am not the biggest religious guy...I pray she is in a better place.
cynthia January 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
May she now rest with the angels.
Timothy Frith January 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
This lil Angel, sent from God, touched many, many lives all over the World!! Prayers for the Father, Grandmother, Family & Friends!! We ALL are very blessed to have "known" Her....Good Luck & God Bless!!!
Chrissy S January 16, 2012 at 01:14 AM
God Bless
francie jackson August 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Im so terribly sorry for your lost. RIP kathleen!

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