Lindsay was born June 11, 2008 at CS Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan with a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Because her heart was too weak for complete surgical repair, Lindsay was placed on the heart transplant list in November 2008. After a long fighting wait, her angel heart finally arrived just in time to her in June 2009. Lindsay was finally able to make her way home in July of 2009 to begin her new life with her family. 3 year old Lindsay Raye Dean, daughter of Everett (JR) and Suzanne (Lumbard) Dean of Parchment, received her angel wings Friday evening, June 17, 2011 at Bronson Methodist Hospital after having a seizure which led to cardiac failure.
Lindsay is survived by her two brothers, Cole and Cruz Dean; grandparents, Mary Dean (Parchment), William and Linda Smith, Donald and Susan Lumbard (all of Kalamazoo); great grandparents, Clarence and Delores Lumbard (Plainwell); aunts and uncles, Daniel Lumbard (Pensacola, FL), Ken and Suzan Dean (Parchment), Doug and Deb Farrer (Kalamazoo), Robb and Carole Simpson (Wayland), Marva Simpson (Kalamazoo), Daniel Simpson (Clarendon Hills, IL), Jeff and Carol Simpson (Lebanon, NJ), Jeannie Schoonbeck (Portage), John and Pam Lindsay (Muscatine, IA), Rick and Debra Lindsay (San Diego, CA), Wade and Retta Town (Kalamazoo), and Ed and Cindy Dean (Scotts); cousins, Braeden and Camden Lumbard (Pensacola, FL), Zachary Dean (Parchment) and Samantha Dean (Kalamazoo).
Preceded in death by her grandfather, Everett Dean, Sr.; great grandparents, Carrol and Margaret Lindsay, George and Ruth Dean, and Albert and Beatrice Schoonbeck; and uncle, Charles Simpson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lindsay Dean Heart Fund at any First Community Federal Credit Union or by paypal on Lindsay's blog at www.lindsays heart.blogspot.com to help with funeral expenses and her pay it forward ministry to other heart babies at CS Mott Children's Hospital, Love From Lindsay Baskets (www. lovefromlindsaybaskets.blogspot.com). A Celebration of Life Service, given by Pastor Pam Vanderberg, will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Valley Family Community Center, 995 Romence Rd. in Portage. The family will receive friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St. on Thursday, June 23rd from 5-8 PM. Please visit www.langelands.com for online obituary, directions, register book and condolences. (269) 343-1508
It's a beautiful day up in heaven. Jesus is rounding up his tiniest angels, to go live on earth, and be born. One of the sweetest angels says to Jesus "I don't want to leave, I like it here, and I will miss you". He reassures the scared little angel that everything will be okay, and that he is just going for a visit. He is still not swayed on this idea. So Jesus kneels down, and says, "How about if you leave half of your heart here with me and take the other half with you, will that be okay?" The angel smiles and says, "I guess that will work". But the little angel is still a little scared. He asks,"Will I be okay with only half of my heart?" Jesus replies,"Of course you will, I have other angels there that will help out, and you will be fine." Then Jesus gives the angel more details about his plan. He says "When you are born, your mommy will be scared, so you have to be strong, and when you feel weak just remember that I have the other half of your heart". "Enjoy your time with your family, play and laugh everyday." "And when its time to come back to heaven, I will make your heart whole again. Always remember that you are not broken, just torn between two loves."