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Sloane Simmons Briggs, January 19, 2012~August 7, 2014

 

Sloane, obit pic                              Sloane Simmons Briggs passed away in the early morning on Thursday, August 7th, 2014.“Sloaney-B” was born at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR on January 19th, 2012.  Celebrations were cut short; Sloane had issues breathing, and it quickly became evident that something, or “some things” were wrong.

The first four months of Sloane’s life were spent at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), much of which was spent in the Natal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU.  The doctors discovered that Sloane’s condition was indeed precarious:  she suffered from a number of very serious and likely chronic diseases – CCHS (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome), Bradycardia, and Hirschprung Disease.  The procedures that followed and the plans that were lain out to combat Sloane’s sicknesses were equally severe.  Within a week of being born, Sloane had a pace maker installed; within a month she had a tracheotomy.

But these things don’t describe Sloaney.  Listing her medical problems no more tells her story than a recipe book actively creates the tastes it describes.  Her sense of humor and affable nature became evident just as quickly as did her illnesses.  Throughout her stay at ACH, Sloane made dozens of friends and touched the lives of scores more.  “The Story of Sloane Briggs” became a by-word all over the state.

Several of Sloane’s Mom’s co-workers launched a “Team Sloane” campaign composed of tee shirts and a Facebook page.  Soon to be seen and heard all over Northwest Arkansas, Team Sloane’s slogan “Girl is Fierce” was as appropriate as it was catchy.  Fierce as they come, Sloane kept up the fight and, after 120-odd days, she was released from ACH.

Sloane and her parents moved back to Fayetteville.  Things were difficult at first; settling in was tough, and “normal life” became anything but normal for the Briggs.

There was the occasional set back, but the victories finally started outnumbering the defeats.  Originally, Sloane was fortunate to spend 15 minutes at a time off her ventilator.  In a short couple months, however, her strength grew to a place where her ventilator time was often reduced to 15 minute intervals a couple times per day.  Sloane was busy accomplishing what the doctors said was impossible, and similar milestones kept getting reached time and time again.  Girl sure was fierce, and no two ways about it.

In the months following her second birthday, Sloane had long-since grown into a local celebrity.  Her story – by that point a legacy – led to the Briggs Family being named “Survivor Family of 2014” at the Northwest Arkansas Heart Association’s annual Gala.  A couple of months later, the Briggs Family went to Orlando to attend a convention held for families affected by CCHS.  Again, Sloane was rarely anywhere and not the center of attention.  And again, the Briggs Family was singled-out and honored for their strength and courage.  The world was becoming fascinated “with this amazing little girl from Arkansas.”

So many friends, so many honors, so many lives touched.  So many good things.  To know Sloane was to love her; to know Sloane well was to be amazed by her.  Sloane was an angel of a girl, and now she’s a Saint of one – as sure as the sun will set tonight and rise tomorrow.  And how wonderful it is that all the goodness Sloane made happen was the result of one, simple thing:  no matter what the rest of the world was doing, little Sloaney was always herself – and it was good.

Sloane is survived by her great grandfather, Wardell Bruce Pennington of Newport, AR; her grandparents Murray Clifton Jr. and Susan Durilla Briggs of Fort Smith, AR and John Gail and Sue Simmons Pennington of Newport, AR; her uncle/aunt Murray Clifton III and Keely Briggs of Atlanta, GA; her uncle/aunt John Durilla and Angela Briggs of Memphis, TN; her uncle/aunt John Ward and Suzanne Pennington of Fayetteville, AR; by her best buddies Lucy Ann Pennington of Fayetteville, AR; Reid Mathew Meeks of Fayetteville, AR; Evie Elizabeth Meeks of Fayetteville, AR; Karli Jo Miller of Newport, AR; and Michael Davenport Brand of Newport, AR; and by her parents Lucas Finklea and Lindsay Pennington Briggs.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Central United  Methodist Church in Fayetteville.  There will be a graveside service immediately following the funeral service at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fayetteville under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.  There will be a Celebration of Sloane’s Life held at Scarpino’s in Fayetteville directly following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd, # 29

Los Angeles, CA  90027

 

 

 

 

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    Rhett and Jan Maris » 08. Aug, 2014

    Jan and I are praying for all of you.
    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
    the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

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    Mary Ann and Ted Mattson » 09. Aug, 2014

    Susan and Cliff, we were so sad to hear about Sloane. Please know that our heart and prayers are with you and your family. Sloane’s courage will give you the strength to get through this.

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    Cindy Soulsby » 08. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay, my heart so breaks for you and your family yet I know that your beautiful Sloaney-B gave you immense joy, the greatest love, that you will carry in your hearts forever. May you all receive strength and peace through the tremendous outpouring of prayers. Hugs.

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    Rushell Crane » 08. Aug, 2014

    So many people are praying for you. May you know that we mourn with you. Ours hearts will be toward Arkansas from your CCHS family in Utah.

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    Andy Martin » 09. Aug, 2014

    Luke and Lindsay, I am very sad and sorry for you at this time. Please know I am praying for you and for Sloane. While her time on earth was brief, her impact will be forever in the hearts of many. The girl is fierce. Heartfelt condolences. Andy Martin

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    anonymous » 09. Aug, 2014

    You don’t know me, but I just read the obituary of precious Sloaney-B. I can’t tell you how it touched me. It captured the beautiful life and soul of an amazing little girl whose life blessed so many including strangers like me. My prayers will be of gratitude for the gift of life and how each life honors our heavenly Father and affects even unknown people leaving a lasting legacy known only to God. I also pray for God’s peace and the comfort that only that peace can bring. Very sincerely and from the heart, A Democrat-Gazette reader.

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    Camille Morgan » 09. Aug, 2014

    I treasure my short visit with Sloane. She was–and is now more so–an angel.

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    Nancy Gilmer Stone » 09. Aug, 2014

    As a fellow mom of a child with CCHS, my sincere condolences. I am sad it doesn’t diminish that Girl is Fierce, as are her parents. Love and peace to you and your family during this time.

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    Gayle and Bill Sherrill » 09. Aug, 2014

    Heaven is blessed with another Angel! Our hearts ache for your loss, but we are filled with fond memories of that precious little Girl. Love and prayers for all.
    Destin, Florida

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    Mary Ann and Ted Mattson » 09. Aug, 2014

    Susan and Cliff, we were so sorry to hear about Sloane. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you both and your family. Sloane’s strength and determination will help you all get through this. Hugs to you all.

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    Aimee Sikes » 09. Aug, 2014

    Love and hugs to you.

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    Name » 09. Aug, 2014

    I did not know your family or Sloane, but I did follow your story through our P&G family and I prayed often. I will continue to do so.

    For those of us who have had an angel in our lives for too short a time will surely miss the pleasure…I will ask The Lord to surround you in His divine grace until you can be with Sloane again one day. Love and prayers to all of you.

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    Stacey Isaacs » 09. Aug, 2014

    Luke and Lindsay,
    You and Sloane are in our hearts and prayers now as you have been many times during her 2 1/2 years with us. What a beautiful little fighter she is! Your family has been a true inspiration for many. I hope now you can draw strength from those of us who have benefitted by knowing and watching you. Love and prayers from William and I in California.
    Stacey

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    Sherry Elser » 09. Aug, 2014

    Luke and Lindsay, words cannot express my sorrow. Sloane was a precious little girl that touched our lives in such a special way. We thought of her as our other granddaughter. She and Lucy together were such a joy to watch. Sloane touched our lives in a way that words cannot express, she will be forever a part of our hearts lives and memories forever. May God bless you both and keep His loving arms around you. With much love, Tom and Sherry Elser

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    Camille Murray » 09. Aug, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear family. Sloane has touched the whole town of Newport as evident by the many who wore her shirt yesterday. You have been so blessed to have this precious little girl with you and now it is God’s turn. She is in good “hands” now.
    We all love you and your loving family, Camille Murray

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    Tia » 09. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay and Luke,
    My deepest sympathy are with your both. Sloane was fierce and so were you. You fought for her and she fought for everyone with CCHS. Remember all the triumphs and allow all your fondest memories help you thought this time. I, and many many people, are praying for you both -

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    Scott & Laura Eaves Taylor » 09. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay, my family and I are praying for all of you. Our hearts are going out to you and your family.

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    Richard &Tamara Baughn » 09. Aug, 2014

    There are no words, just rest in Him and He will support you wholeheartedly. We are praying continually, love you all.

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    Name » 09. Aug, 2014

    Our hearts are heavy and we are at a loss
    To convey our feelings. How awesome and strong
    Sloane was and how awesome and strong are you two wonderful parents.
    We love you!!!!! God bless you both and we pray the holy spirit continues to carry you
    And guide you! Love, Bob and Celeste Taylor

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    Kellie Jackson » 09. Aug, 2014

    May you all be able to find the peace that passes all understanding! Our prayers are for your family! Your beautiful daughter,Sloane and her story inspired people to believe in the power of prayer again! Sloane is fierce!

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    Dav » 09. Aug, 2014

    We were so sorry to hear of your recent loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and our prayer is that God will comfort you all during this most trying time.

    David, Ann & Molly Ingram

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    Astryd A Menendez » 09. Aug, 2014

    Dear Luke and Lindsay
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with such strong little girl…
    She got her strength and personality from both of you. Her time with us was so short but her memories, sweet smile, and unmistakable fierceness will remain with us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Belinda Boyster » 09. Aug, 2014

    My prayers go out to my long time friends John and Sue and to their beautiful daughter and her husband. Sloane was known and loved by many and a miracle child she was. May God wrap his arms around you during this time.

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    Neal and Sharon Pankey » 09. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay and Luke,

    We were so heartbroken to hear about Sloane. No matter how hard we try cannot imagine the pain you must be going through right now. You were blessed with her for a short time, but all the happy memories will last forever. You are very faithful people and with God’s help, you will get through this. No one who ever met Sloane will ever forget her, and she made a significant mark on every person she met. You have our love and prayers. We love you.

    Neal & Sharon

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    Alma Massey » 09. Aug, 2014

    Cannot imagine the heartache but she was a fighter– love and prayers,Alma

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    Diane Maples » 09. Aug, 2014

    God blessed you with a beautiful little girl. So sorry he needed her with him so soon. My prayers are with the family c

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    Harry and Laura Goodyear » 09. Aug, 2014

    John,
    We never met Sloane in person, but we have seen the precious child with you on Facebook. Our hearts break for your loss. As grandparents, we know the love you have for her and can’t imagine your loss. Our prayers are with you.

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    Judy and Joby Brannon » 09. Aug, 2014

    Our words can’t heal or take even one second of the pain you’re going through, but we know THE ONE who gave His all and we know He will continue to give the love and comfort that He alone can give. Our prayers and our love are with you all!

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    Name » 09. Aug, 2014

    My heart is broken for you two! Lifting you and your family up in my prayers!

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    Lisa (Borengasser) Belue » 09. Aug, 2014

    My heart is broken for you two! Lifting you and your family up in my prayers!

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    Laurie Estes » 09. Aug, 2014

    Run, jump and play with the angels sweet Sloane. When you tire, breathe easy and rest in the arms of our Lord. May God bless your family with peace in knowing that you will all be together again one day in heaven. It was an honor and inspiration to have known you even for a brief time.

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    Jodi Weatherford » 09. Aug, 2014

    Dear Lindsay, and family,

    Although I cannot imagine the hurt you are experiencing now, I hope you can find a small bit of peace in remembering the wonderful days you were allowed to be the mother of this exceptional little girl. I have followed, and been inspired by, your life from afar, and am sending my love to you all as you embrace the love that Sloane brought into your lives. May all our lives be enriched by this love, today and all the days of our lives.

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    Brittany Johnston » 09. Aug, 2014

    Girl is just as fierce as she ever was!! Though her flesh is no longer here, the impact she has left with all of us still remains. She has made her mark on so many lives that she was able to touch. Lindsay, you are a true inspiration to mothers everywhere. Your strength and undying love for your sweet girl on her journey will surely remind all of us to never give up or stop praying. All of my love goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Gail Lane » 10. Aug, 2014

    This expresses my deepest sympathy for your unimaginable loss of beautiful Sloane.

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    Starla Buford » 10. Aug, 2014

    My mom and I are so sorry for the great loss you all have suffered. We pray everyday the God be with each and every one you and wrap you all in peace. If you need anything at all please don’t hesitate to ask!!

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    Anna Weaver » 10. Aug, 2014

    “We can’t know why the lily has so brief a time to bloom in the warmth of sunlight’s kiss upon its face,
    Before it folds its fragrance in and bids the world goodnight to rest its beauty in a gentler place…
    But we can know that nothing that is loved is ever lost, and no one who has ever touched a heart can really pass away,
    Because some beauty lingers on in each memory of which they’ve been a part.”

    Luke and Lindsay, I’m so very saddened by the death of your little Sloane!!

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    Peter & Kim Schutz » 10. Aug, 2014

    Susan, Cliff, Luke and Lindsay our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep all of your precious memories of Sloan close to your heart and may you find peace with God’s grace.

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    Name » 10. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay and Luke, Our love and sympathy to you and your family. We will forever remember Sloane whom the Lord has received and pray that you will be given peace, love and grace.
    Your CCHS family, Ivy (Sonny), Janet, and Brooke Williams – Maumelle, AR

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    Name » 10. Aug, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Luke. I pray you are able to find peace in the memory of her brave life.

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    Rickey and kay Johns » 10. Aug, 2014

    Luke and Lindsey, we are friends of John’s. We just want to say how sorry we are for your lose. I can’t imagine how broken your heart is right now. But, as time goes on, what awesome memories you have of your sweet little angel. She obviously touched so many lives and will forever be a blessing to you. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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    Michael & Maria Durilla » 10. Aug, 2014

    Our prayers are with you.

    Every day is a gift.

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    Carrie » 10. Aug, 2014

    Luke and Lindsey , sloane touched the hearts of us in Destin Florida,as she did everywhere . May God comfort you and the family.

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    Catherine Steen Dunn » 10. Aug, 2014

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Larry & Ann Stapleton » 10. Aug, 2014

    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you receive the peace and comfort that only our God, our Lord and Savior can give at this time because there are no other words. Sincerely, Larry and Ann Stapleton, Tuckerman, AR

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    Margaret Ann Snow » 10. Aug, 2014

    Sloane touched more lives in her two years than most people do in a long lifetime. To borrow a phrase I’ve heard Alan say so many times, but none more true than with Sloane, she has moved from strength to strength. Love to all of you.

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    Ann Wood » 10. Aug, 2014

    My heart is with all of you…wishing my arms were….love you all…

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    Katrina McCaslin » 10. Aug, 2014

    My heart is breaking for you and your family. I know words can not heal the pain you are feeling. Still to this day we are in pain from the loss of our sweet Kenady. I pray for peace cause that is all I can do. Praying for all of you. Kenady’s Mimi

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    Kevin and Jill O'Connell » 10. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay, Luke and family – we have no words to console you but want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences.

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    Pastor Liz Lindsey » 10. Aug, 2014

    I only met Sloane at Easter and she is a beautiful child. I wish peace and grace and beautiful memories for you – God has welcomed her, “a good and faithful servant”.

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    Sherri Dawn Bennett » 11. Aug, 2014

    My prayers are with your entire family during this very sad time. I can offer only my belief that God holds Sloaney in his arms, now. She was beautiful and vibrant. She brought joy and smiles everywhere she went. It is my hope that God offers you comfort and peace until you see your baby again.

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    Jody Johnson » 11. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay and Luke,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. Sloane is an inspiration for so many and she will be missed, but never forgotten. If there is anything we can do for you guys during this tough time, please don’t hesitate. Our love and sympathy to you and your family.
    Jody & Megan

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    Shannon Isaac Mader » 11. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay,

    My heart breaks for you and Luke. I’m sure you know that this is all part of God’s bigger plan, and I suspect hundreds of people have reminded you of the same. But I pray that He shows you that plan instead of making all your comfort dependent on blind faith alone. If anyone deserves that, it’s you. You’ll never stop being her Mom.

    Love Always,
    Shannon Isaac Mader

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    Dave & Erica Bardeau » 11. Aug, 2014

    We are so very sorry and our hearts are broken for your loss.
    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    Debbie Jo Spencer » 11. Aug, 2014

    I am so sorry for your loss – what a beautiful little girl. God has a new angel in heaven.
    Debbie Jo

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    Sloane wilson McCaster » 11. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay, I am so sorry , my condolences to your family as well, Sloane means “Warrior” in Celtic, I did not get to meet her but I understand she was a brave little fighter, and I am so sad to hear of her passing, Im sure she left her little footprint on a lot of hearts, she certianly did mine, she will never be forgotten.

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    Mike Oswalt » 11. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay, your family is in our prayers.

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    karen & billy ray » 11. Aug, 2014

    I know for a fact that she was the apple of her grandfather, John’s eye.. So sorry to hear about her passing. But to know that God has gained a beautiful & sweet angel is comforting . Prayers from our family to yours. When sloane was at ACH, so was our Brooke fighting cancer. John would always check on brooke every chance he went to. Little Rock. RIP Sloane. You are a beautiful angel loved by many & will not be forgotten.

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    Ann Branch » 11. Aug, 2014

    My heart breaks for this sweet angel’s parents and family. But she’s soaring high in Heaven able to breathe and run and play!! I know we are not to question why, but it’s hard not to, but we will know once we enter into Heaven and see this beautiful angel. God is good and He took very good care of her and sent His son, Jesus, to bring her home. My prayers go out to all of you and I know I’ll get to meet her one day.
    God bless you each and every day.

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    marvin and linda mumme » 11. Aug, 2014

    Dearest Lindsay and Luke,
    We are so deeply saddened to hear about Sloaney B. What an inspiration her short life has been. She has touched so many hearts. We pray God’s peace and comfort for you. May the love of your many friends and family surround you during this time. Please know that we will be lifting you up in prayer.
    Our love,
    The Mummes

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    Ben Dye » 12. Aug, 2014

    Lindsay and Luke – Please accept my sincerest sympathy for you two. It broke my heart to read in the newspaper what you have been through. I honestly had no idea and can’t even imagine. Please know that you are both in my prayers. I will pray that the good Lord will give you both all the strength and peace that you need to get through this. If there is anything in this world I can do to make things easier, please let me know.

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    Gail Jordan » 12. Aug, 2014

    Lindsey and Luke, I send prayers and thoughts of peace. Your love, care and spirit gave Sloane the strengh she needed. May God bless and keep you. I send you lots of love.
    Gail

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    Kim & Charles Ellis » 13. Aug, 2014

    We are heartsick and send our love. Your family is very dear to us and we will continue to pray for your sustained strength and courage in the days ahead. Sloane plays among the angels in the presence of Our Lord now. God’s Peace be with you. Love, Charles & Kim.

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    Bob & Carolyn Osborne Family » 14. Aug, 2014

    We are all so sorry to hear of Sloane passing. Her grandfather, John, kept us up on her. You could see in her pictures how happy and beautiful she was. You could just see how much she was loved and how much love she had to give. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Jerry & Susanne McClain » 14. Aug, 2014

    Please know that your California cousins are praying for you,,,,,,there will be many HAPPY DAYS in Heaven for Sloan…….BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!

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    Jerry & Susanne McClain » 14. Aug, 2014

    Your California COUSINS are praying for you…….NO two parents EVER did more to save the life of a child than you-two!

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    Name » 14. Aug, 2014

    May God continue to give u all the strength u need to carry on, I didn’t know this angel, but her story melted my heart, God bless u all

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    John Ward » 15. Aug, 2014

    You’ll always be in my heart, sweet niece. I know that you smiled for me even when my jokes weren’t funny, and that meant so much to our relationship. I’ll think of you every day, and drop you an “ALLO CHI-ULD!” every time I watch the sunset. I miss you so much Sloaney. Breathe easy, sweet angel.

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    Jessi Brown » 15. Aug, 2014

    I am so sorry for your little loss. I never had the opportunity to take care of you guys and Sloane myself but popped in frequently to say ‘hey’ and admire how precious and beautiful your little girl was. I can say on behalf of 3C Intermediate Care that we were all devastated to hear the news and have lifted you all in warm, peaceful thoughts and prayer.

    Jessi Brown, RN
    3C Intermediate Care
    Arkansas Children’s Hospital

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    John Satterfield » 31. Aug, 2014

    Just wanted to send my condolences to all of you. You have been, and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this time. -John Satterfield-