Myranda Lea STARKEY

July 24, 1982 ~ September 2, 2004

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Miss Myranda Lea Starkey passed away on Thursday morning, September 2, 2004, at her Ste. Genevieve County residence at the age of 22 years, 1 month & 8 days. Myranda was born on July 24, 1982, in Farmington. Myranda was preceded-in-death by Grandparents: Eugene Herbst; Gene Starkey & Linda Starkey. Also, by 1 Aunt, Deborah Michelle Starkey.

Myranda was: * a Graduate of Farmington Sr. High School, with 'The Class of 2001' * a active participant in the St. Francois County 'Relay For Life' (Myranda's Pals); * member, St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Farmington; * active in sharing her faith thru The Women of Faith Prayer Group & * she worked diligently to pursue her Associate of Arts Degree at M.A.C.

Survivors Include: Her PARENTS - Catherine 'Mrs. Leeman J.' Schwent, of Ste. Genevieve Co.; David L. Starkey, of Farmington; 1 SISTER: Valeria A. Schwent, of Ste. Genevieve Co.; 1 BROTHER: Nicholas J. E. Starkey, of Ste. Genevieve Co., GRANDPARENTS: Jean Herbst, of Farmington; Barbara & Leeman Schwent, Sr., of Ste. Genevieve County; GREAT-GRANDPARENTS: Maude Asher, of Farmington; Curtis & Hattie Hill, of Farmington. Also surviving are many other Relatives & Friends.

Visitation Friday, 3-9 p.m. Visitation resumes Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m., & funeral Saturday, 10:00 a.m., September 4, 2004, at TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Fr. James Dyer officiating. Burial follows in the Herbst Family Cemetery in Farmington.

Memorials Preferred In Lieu of Flowers to: * The Friends of Kids with Cancer; * The American Cancer Society, &/or * Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital - Attn: Marsha Steffan; 1465 So. Grand Blvd; St. Louis 63104-1095 (note: checks should be made payable to the Trisha Phillips fund).

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family! Myranda was a very specail person, and will be greatly missed by everyone that new her!

  2. Today is a day that all those that knew and loved Myranda can smile and say that she is in no more pain. Myranda was a person that as soon as you met her, you fell instantly in love with. Her smile and attitude is one that should be an example to everyone that our hardships are petty compared to persons like her. She will be missed by all that knew her, but even though I will miss seeing her face, I know that she is not in pain and looking down from those golden streets. To all of Myrandas' family you have my sympathy. Love, Josh, Amy, and Isaiah Dugal

  3. Katie, Lonnie and I send our condolences to you and your family. I have had you all in my thoughts and prayers and so have my sisters and brother and their churches. God be with you. Kathy and Lonnie Dunham

  4. Myranda was a wonderful person. Looking at her pictures brought back many happy memories. We will miss her. Today she is in heaven where she will suffer no more. We love you and pray that you feel God's presence during your time of loss. Love, Tracie, Jim, Grady, Clara, and Isaac

  5. I know that somewhere today a beautiful rainbow was shining just like the beauty and wonder that was Myranda. The angels are so very lucky to have her with them now. I will miss her deeply. Hugs and love to Catie, Lee, Nic, and Little Val.

  6. My thoughts are with all of those who loved Myranda and keep her in their hearts. Katie, Nic, and Valerie, take care. Alison

  7. Myranda was a great friend. I remember when we would ride the bus to and from school. I remember thinking how cool i was to be sitting by an eighth grader, me being a seventh grader. To me she was a very great person to look up to and she will be greatly missed by many. There are so many lives that she has touched with her story and those people will never forget her. I am glad she is with her creator and is out of her pain and suffering. She was and still a very brave and determined girl. I will miss you Myranda!!!

  8. To Myranda's family and friends: Myranda was a sweet and cheerful person from the day I met her and I feel privileged to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

  9. To Katie and the entire Schwent family, I want to express my family's sympathy and thoughts to you. Miranda was such a special individual, who was loved by so many. You will truly see this in the upcoming days by the many friends and family who offer their thoughts and prayers, and share their stories of how Miranda touched their lives. Remember those conversations and keep them in your heart along-side Miranda, as they are one. Katie, for you, I have always admired how strong you are in the face of difficult times. While this must be your greatest challenge, I know you will comfort your family and remain strong. Please also remember that we are, and always will be, there for you if there is ever anything we can do. While I have attempted to convey my thoughts, no words I could speak will truly express my family's sympathy. Kim, Cole and I would like you to know that Miranda will remain in our lives forever. Love, Brett, Kim and Cole Sutton

  10. Katie, I love you and will continue to pray for you and your family. She's home now, with God, and will be missed here on earth by all.

  11. Our families deepest sympathy goes out to you in this time of need and pray that you will have the strength and support of loved ones in order to deal with your tragic lose. Your daughter looked to be an individual with confidence and a zest for life, something inherited from her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Stay strong Katie. Love Chris & Claire Sheridan CRCS-Little Tikes Canada.

  12. Myranda gave courage and strength to so many who are also battling cancer. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May you find some comfort knowing that Myranda has deeply touched the lives of all who met her.

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine losing one of my children. I met Myranda in a summer swimmimg class. We visited quite a bit when I found out she had graduated with my son, Jason. She was so very sweet. My prayers are with your family.

  14. Myranda touched many lives here at Mineral Area College. She was a joy to have on campus and always had a smile on her face. We will miss her dearly. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Denise Sebastian Director of Financial Aid Mineral Area College

  15. Hi Katie- My deepest sympathies to you at the loss of your daughter. I only met you once – last July – when Mark and I brought a customer to Farmington, but you struck me then as a woman with a wonderful source of strength. I trust that will continue to sustain you as you go through this very difficult loss. Having lost a son, I can say that your experience will undoubtedly be unique, but at the same time all of the support of family and friends and your faith will be a great help. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Elaine

  16. Myranda was such an inspiration. I had her in my class at MAC and loved spending time after classes taking with her. She was so positive about her faith and so very beautiful. She will be missed. Janet Barton

  17. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May you find strength in knowing that Christ said, "I go to prepare a place for you.." Myranda's faith was very evident in her life. May we all hold that faith in Christ so we may be united where there will be no more good byes. I cannot understand the sorrow you face, but I know One who gave His only Son and understands more than any other. It is my prayer that He will send His Holy Spirit to comfort you in a miraculous way.

  18. Dear Katie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Myranda was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I can't be there because I am now living in Kentucky but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Joanie (from our days at Allegiance)

  19. so sorry for your loss, God has a new angel , and tonight the heavens have a new bright shinning star. you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and may God walk with you's joyce

  20. Katie, I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I admire you for your strength and courage. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  21. Katie, Im thinking of you and your family. May God stay close to all of you now and always. I know Myranda is with him now and he has taken her home and given her everything new. Kristie

  22. Dear Katie, I am so sorry for your loss. Miranda was a wonderful girl and an inspiration to a lot of people. Her bright smile and strong spirit will always be remembered. I know that her suffering has ended and that she is in a better place. Keep your faith and God will heal your pain. In Gods Love, Leona

  23. We mere mortals were blessed with the opportunity to walk this earth with a real angel. We are all devastated by your loss and hope we can contribute our support and prayers. We are all here for you and your family. We love you all.

  24. To Myranda's Family: My heart and prayers go out to you in the loss of Myranda. She was a beautiful young lady and I feel blessed by knowing her. We are here for all of you. God Bless, Marge

  25. Words cannot mend a broken heart but memories can warm it. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days to follow.

  26. Katie & family, our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. I spoke to Justin from Iraq last evening and I informed him about Myranda. He told me that just the night before he had wondered how she was doing. I can't image the pain that you must be going through with the loss of a child. Just remember she is no longer in any pain, she is at peace. The Forsythe family.

  27. We can't be there in body but we are there in spirit and in our hearts. Our prayers go out to everyone. I had the opportunity to meet Myranda only a short time ago. I can only say I was very impressed with her as a beautiful, bright and caring young lady. We can take peace in knowing she is in no pain and in a much happier place. We now have another guardian angel from above. What a treasure and blessing to have her the short time we did. God Bless all of you. Debbie Asher

  28. Myranda lit up the room as she entered. I was blessed to have her in my 8th grade Career's Class. I always looked forward to seeing her beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.

  29. I am so very sorry to hear about Myranda. I did not know her, but I would see her alot of mornings dropping you off at work. She always had a smile on her face & would say hello. My prayers & thoughts are with you & you're family.

  30. This beautiful young woman reminds me of a rose, it is born, lives it life for those around us can be awed by its beauty, then it withers away . Myranda was the same as the rose, she was here for her family and friends for a short time, she brought many great joys and happiness to whom ever came in contact with her, and then the Lord took her home, her work here on earth was done, she is to suffer no more . My prayers are with your family, for I am dealing with a cancer patient in my life as well, I know what you went through.

  31. I will remember Myranda, always, for her smile when she came into the office. She touched all of our lives without even knowing. I will be praying for you all. Patti

  32. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great loss. No amount of words can take the pain and sadness away, but know that we are with you Heart and Soul.

  33. Because of Myranda Lea Starkey's presence I am a better person. I will always be thankful for the memory of her beautiful smile. I thank the Lord that she has gone on to be with him in peace. I will miss her, but look forward to the day I will see her again. Because of her 22 years my life has been so enriched. I love you Myranda Lea. Love you Aunt Beck

  34. Katie, Michael,Desiree and I send our deepest heart felt sympathy to you and your family. No words can say how we truly feel about your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers now and forever. God Bless You!

  35. Myranda brought so much joy to all who knew her. Her abominable faith, positive attitude and kindness have been an inspiration to us all. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and will pray to God to give you strength during this difficult time. We will never forget the blessings Myranda brought to us. Bob, Frances, Hunter & Trevor Barron

  36. My deepest sympathy to all of the family.Just looking at the pictures you can tell Myranda was a lovely girl and i know she will be missed by alot. Our prayers are with you.

  37. Myranda has always been an inspiration to me since moving here in Dec. 2001. I met Myranda at Women of Faith. I was totally impressed that such a young cutie would want to hang out week after week with a bunch of ladies MUCH older than she. I, like all who knew Myranda, fell in love with her freshness, vitality and love for the Lord. I will miss seeing her on the earth but will one day unite with her in eternity. Love and prayers to you Katie and your family. Suzy Belew

  38. Katie, Lee, Nick and Val: My heart goes out to you. Myranda was always smiling and saying hello when she came into the office to pick you up. She always had a smile on her face that nothing could take from her. My prayers are with you and your family.

  39. Dear Katie, Christian and I send our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. I will continue to pray for you and your family as always. May God grant you peace and serenity in these difficult times. We love you here in New York and are here for you whenever you need us. Vee

  40. Dear David, Please accept our sincere sympathy, we are so sorry to hear of your loss of Myranda. She fought such a hard battle and certainly deserves her place in Our Lord's arms. You are in our thoughts.

  41. My heartfelt prayers are with each and every family member and friend of Myranda. It's been five long years since I've been able to speak to Myranda face to face…yet we kept in contact by internet as much as possible. Although we hadn't seen each other in years, Myranda always kept the friendship close and fresh. She was a beautiful girl inside and out. I will miss her encouragements and smiles. Her Heavenly Father is being glorified at this very moment as she rests for the first time in his arms; free from pain and illness. God is near you all.

  42. Katie, Nick, Val, & Lee; "Faith is a journey, not a destination". When I read that statement my first thought went to Myranda. What a Faith filled journey she has taken. She always carried herself with such grace and strength. She was an inspiration to everyone that she meet. Her light still shines brightly in each of us. We will miss her terribly. I find such comfort in knowing I will see that beautiful smile again someday and then it will be forever. God Bless you all and know we are here for you. With much love and constant prayers, Jayne, Jim, Ben, & Jonathan

  43. From the first time Myranda Starkey entered my office, I was impressed by her intelligence and personable demeanor. She shared with me her dreams of being an educator and eventually becoming a school administrator. Without a doubt, I knew Myranda was a STAR who could be anything she wanted to be. However, things turned out differently than planned. As I visited with Myranda over the years after her diagnosis with cancer, I found her to be mature beyond her years in her war against the hateful illness. Her faith in our Heavenly Father and the courage she displayed were inspiring. My life is better because I knew this outstanding young woman. My prayers are with her family and friends.

  44. Hi, I am from the Park Hills area and always read the daily journal online. I did not know your daughter, but I was compelled to watch her tribute page. Seems as though she always had the biggest smile in all her pictures.. I am sure she lived larger than life. My deepest sorrow goes out to everyone that has lost such a great friend, daughter, grand-daughter, wife, cousin. Sincerely, Lana Means

  45. You have my deepest sympathy, as I know Myranda will be deeply missed. She was a very special person and very brave young woman with an infectious smile. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  46. Myranda was the bravest and nicest patient I have ever known. She fought like no other and was never defeated by the daunting challenges of her treatments. Our loss can not be measured, but neither can the gain of all those welcoming her in heaven.

  47. I didn't know your daughter, Myranda, but I felt compelled to watch her tribute page & I want to tell you that she TRULY seemed like a wonderful girl who loved life & the Lord!! I will be praying for you & your family at this difficult time and I feel she is sitting at Jesus' feet and free of pain!! May God be with you all!!

  48. There are no words to say, but I just wanted you to know that my family have you, Nicholas,Valerie and Lee in our thoughts and prayers. Miranda had become a beautiful young lady since that last time I saw her at FMA with you, many years ago. God certainly has his angel now. God bless you all.

  49. Just to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.. i know that she is in good hands with god right now…she will truely be missed your classmate Angela (McClure) Lee class of 2001


  51. Even though your loss is so great, you were blessed to have her touch your lives if only for a brief time.

  52. Dear Lee, Katie and Family, I am so sorry for the lost of your daughter. I did not know Myranda. When I would see her pictures she always had a smile, so I know she was an angel walking on earth. Now she is with our Heavenly Father walking the streets of gold and not in any pain. I will keep you in my prayers. Pat

  53. My heart and prayers are with you. I know there is never enough time to prepare to lose a child. Myranda was a blessing to all who had the pleasure of meeting her.

  54. Katie, Brett and I just found out about Miranda and we are unbelievably just so sorry. I told Brett how last year when I saw her at dance class, how sweet and wonderful she was to me, always so friendly and talkative. She was an amazing blessing and Jesus is very lucky to have her with him now. She is beautiful, she is healthy and she is a glorious angel in heaven, watching over her family and preparing a place for you their one day. Please know you are now and have been in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you Katie and your family. Kelly, Brett, Zuzu and Sissy Burdsal

  55. Katie, I used to work with you at U.S.Tool and I was so sad to hear about Myranda. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kim Heberlie

  56. Children are God's gift of love to all parents, and he trusts us as parents to take care of them as he would. YOU HAVE MADE GOD PROUD to have entrusted you with his precious gift of Myranda. The gift that God entrusted you with, because of your life lived examples of compassion, and unconditional love, gave back to so many – ten fold. There was never a time that Myranda didn't give compassion and unconditional love with the determination to not miss anyone in her path. May we never let the light of life that Myranda shared with all, ever burn out. She will be greatly missed, our prayers will be with you kati,Nick,Valerie,Lee and David.

  57. Myranda and I were friends in High School. I Haven't seen her since then, but I have not forgotten how positive she was about everything. She was VERY SPECIAL!!! We had alot of fun together and I will never forget her, or that beautiful smile she always seemed to have no matter what. She will be greatly missed!! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She touched my life, I'm sure along with many others. I Love you Myranda, Kari

  58. To Myranda's Family: You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. My you feel God's arms holding you always.

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