Posted: March 25th, 2013

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Shakira Marie Graham on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the age of 8 years, beloved daughter of Debbie Lentz and Tim Graham. She also leaves to cherish her memory her brothers, Tyson Graham and Brandon Yamazaki (Nicole Jobling and her son, Cameron) and her sister, Vanessa Yamazaki (Steve Burke); her grandparents, Keith (Mary) Graham and Leonard Lentz as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandmother, Betty Lentz. From the moment Shakira opened her eyes in the morning to the moment she closed them at night, she wore a bright smile on her face. She was always eager to go to school in the morning, admittingly not to do the work but to see her friends, whom she loved to play with. Her friends were so important to her. She was such a happy little girl, full of life and compassion. Her ability to empathize with others was far beyond her years. Her soul radiated pure happiness. God bless you sweet baby! Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Monday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Findley officiating. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Women’s Shelter Box 2500, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8 or the Alzheimer Society, 401D 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0G8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: ShakiraGraham, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence. Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2

19 Condolences for “GRAHAM”

  1. Deb Kusler says:

    Dear Deb: I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I cannot imagine your grief, but please allow all of us that care for you shoulder some of that burden. My proyers are with you.

  2. Darin Schmaltz says:

    Tim and Family, I can’t imagine what you must be going through with the loss of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Graham Family says:

    The Angels are always near
    To those who are grieving,
    To whisper to them that their loved one is safe
    in the hand of God


  4. Darla Nagel says:

    Dear Tim, Tyson, and family,
    My heartfelt condolences and prayers for you all… To know her was to love her 🙂
    Darla – Holiday Inn

  5. Leanne Power says:

    Tim & family I would like to send my condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Shoroh Family says:

    We are sorry to hear of your lose of your loved one. Our daughter and son also attend Webster Niblock who are in grades 4 and 6 knew your daughter had expressed she was a very friendly young girl. It saddens us that such a young life could be lost, and hopefully your family can overcome this tragedy. Our prayers aer with you.

  7. Vincent Darr says:

    I’m very sorry to learn of the loss of your beautiful daughter. My family’s heart goes out to your family. God bless you at this very sad time.


    Vincent Darr
    Yumuri, Cuba

  8. Marilyn Herrmann says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I haven’t seen you for years, I feel your pain as though you were at my side. Take care of yourself. Something to hold on to for Shakira:

    [i]If wishes were kisses, I`d still be kissing you
    I`d hold you in my arms again the way I used to do
    If wishes were kisses, how happy I would be
    I`d always have you close to me to thrill me through an` through
    If dreamers were schemers, I`d make my dream come true
    If wishes were kisses, I`d still be kissing you!

    If wishes were kisses, how happy I would be!
    I`d always have you close to me to thrill me through an` through
    If dreamers were schemers, I`d make my dream come true
    If wishes were kisses, I`d still be kissing you![/i]

  9. Garnet says:

    Debbie, Tim, and family. I am so sorry for your loss and that I could not attend the funeral today. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We do not understand why, but God has a plan for all of us. Shakira is with God now and looking down on you.


  10. Wendy Nelson says:

    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. I hope you will find comfort in one another to make it through this terrible time.

    Till We Meet Again
    Even though we must be apart, know that when you hear the whisper of the wind it will be me saying hello. When you smell the first fragrant flowers of spring, you will feel my presence, and when you see a butterfly, you will know that I have just passed by, and I want you to remember how very much I love you .

  11. Ashley says:

    I am so terribly sorry for the pain you’ve been dealing and struggling with. I trust that better days are ahead for your family and I pray that God is near.

    This is a wake up call to everybody that we are not promised our next breath.

  12. Boon and family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Ellen Johnson says:

    Dear Debbie and Family.
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of
    your precious daughter, I know what it is like to loose a child, the comfort is knowing that they are in a better place and will never leave our hearts, Sincere
    sympathy Debbie and my thoughts are with you. Ellen and Garry Johnson

  14. Dawn says:

    Our deepest condolences. May you find comfort in God’s promise of everlasting life, an eternity with those u love by your side (John 3:16). Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Serenity says:

    She was my best friend and I cant stand the thought of her being gone

    Even though it has been 3 years it feels like a lifetime without her???

  16. Serenity says:

    She was my best friend and I cant stand the thought of her being gone

  17. Gabriella says:

    I feel so alone without her. It has been almost 4 years but I can’t stand the fact that my best friend is gone.. I miss her so much. Everyday I keep thinking about her and I just want my best friend back. The thought of her being gone just saddens me. I hope you guys have found something to comfort you through these years of sadness. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Shakira could walk into a room and put a smile on everyone’s face. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the best for the feelings you guys are probably feeling.. Rip Shakira Graham.

  18. Keaira says:

    With great sadness my dark haired twin was swept away by god himself. Throughout grade 3 I watched a my beautiful friend become an intelligent young girl, she shined through the classroom windows with her beautiful smile and adoring dresses. There is no words for the grief and loss we all encountered, but shakira is always watching down on all of us because that’s what she would want. She always bragged about her beautiful mother and her funny dad. We had fun little girl talks everyday and I couldn’t miss a day of school. Rest easy beautiful angel you will always be around no matter how old we get. Next year we will be graduating and moving on, I wish I could get all ready with you and watch your name being called to walk across that stage and complete our high school career together. I gladly miss you and everything you did. Rest easy Shakira I will always remember you no matter what.

  19. Chantelle says:

    9 years and not a day goes by I don’t think about you❤️ I finally got a permanent piece for you and I can’t wait to show dad 🙂 I miss you sm but I know you are always with me ❤️ I love you girly thank you for keeping us safe and watching over us❤️

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