www.whyville.net May 9, 2016 Weekly Issue

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Remember a Hero

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With heavy hearts, we all mourn the passing of a dearly loved friend. With heavy hearts, we still have a reason to smile because of the memories with which we have been blessed. As many of you know, our dear friend and Whyvillian, Brittanney (ozzy111) passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Love was something that Britt spilled out easily as she interacted with her loved ones. No matter what, she was genuine and always showed us how much she cared. It's amazing that she could carry that attitude to so many areas of her life. Britt had an amazing imagination, and with that she put so much love and care into the arts. She had always been fond of drawing, and her designs exemplified her wonderful talent. In addition, she loved music, cooking, animals, and anything kawaii. She great at listening, and phenomenal at checking back with people to make sure they were okay.

Britt always gave us a reason to smile, laugh, and hold on to life when circumstances were rough. For many of us, she was a constant. For all of us, she will not be forgotten. Coping with this has been surreal, difficult to accept, and very painful. As previously stated, I believe we are able to smile through her - through the memories that she has given us. Those memories will be loved and cherished forever.

In honor of celebrating Britt's life, many of us have come together to share our thoughts and memories.


Brittanney was and always will be one of the most beautiful, considerate, funny and loving souls to ever bless my life. Her love for her dog, boyfriend, family and friends was infinite. Ever since the day we met, we've been inseparable. I don't think we've ever gone more than a couple of days without sending each other a message. Even when she was very busy, she always made sure to ask how I was doing. She would always comfort and cheer me up when I was upset or had a problem, no matter the time of day. She was so understanding and hilarious and loving. She was the only friend I could talk to about anything. I just wish that I could hear the sound of her adorable laughter again. I remember back in the day when we both didn't have jobs and would just stay up and skype all night while our boyfriends were at work. I always loved watching her draw. She's always been such a big inspiration to me. It's so amazing how much she's improved over the last few years. I'm going to miss her enthusiastically showing me her creative and adorable designs. I'm going to miss our talks about food, animals, bodily functions and music. I'm always going to think of her when I'm listening to Brand New. I'm going to miss getting snaps of her dog and her hilarious uses of filters. Thank you for being such a great friend Britt. I love you so much. I will treasure every wonderful memory we've had and never let them go. You'll be in my heart until the end of time. I know you're watching over us now. We'll finally be able to meet someday.


I've known Britt for close to four years now, and for much of that time, she was my partner in crime. Together, we gossiped about Whyville fashion faux pas, salivated over each other's face parts, and engaged in the latest drama to seep out of the cesspool. However, just as we opened our satchels to each other, so too did we open our hearts. Britt didn't have an easy life, she earned everything she ever received through determination and hard work. I remember on one of my darkest nights, we talked about death, and she assured me that though times might be tough, life is "so worth it." Britt was always there for me. I was never a perfect friend, far from it. If I knew how little time we?d have together, I sure would have done a lot of things differently. But in the end, I am so happy I met her. Britt, you changed my life for the better, I will never forget that. Thank you.


Time is a funny thing. Looking back through it, I don't remember when Britt came in. It feels like she's always been a part of my life. It took me a while to truly let her in. To trust her. She taught me life is worth letting your walls down and being vulnerable to the people you love and cherish. Britt became one of those people. I'm having a really rough time coming to terms with everything that's happened, because I can't imagine this being goodbye. Britt reached out to me every time I needed to talk about troubling things in my life. Britt reached out to me when she went through her ups and downs. You know what amazes me? She always had something encouraging to say and the end of our dark conversations. Even at the end of our angry complaining conversations, she always had to say something to make me smile. Here I am, rereading our final messages. I wonder how many poop jokes she would be making to see all of us smile now. I am forever grateful for the abounding love and compassion she has shown to not only me, but also to everyone else. Britt, you're a true hero. I am so glad I had the opportunity and pleasure of building a forever friendship with a gem like you. Remember when we used to talk about the little bead kits we had? We both had the bead kit with planets and stars on them. I always thought that was so amazing. I still have a few of those beads tucked away, and they remind me of you. So many things remind me of you, but when I look at the sky, I'm always going to think about you when I look at the stars. It's comforting to know I'll have an entire canopy of stars to remind me of you. Thank you for that.


One day, on my way to school I left my wallet and had no gas. I was freaking out because I had no way home, and I would be late for the exam I had that day. Britt texted me to make sure I was okay and offered to send me money to get home. Her last words to me were, "If you ever need anything at all, just let me know!" She was going through a lot yet cared for others immensely, I will always remember and cherish the time we all had with her.


While I wasn't very close with Britt in the last few months, we did share some happy times. She had a sweet personality and cared for all whom she met. She wasn't afraid to stand up for her friends. Even though she is no longer around, we can cherish the memories we had and continue to live life like she'd wish us all to do. It's hard to lose anyone, even those you've grown a part from. Hearing the news of her passing was a complete shock. Knowing how she was so young and had so many more years to impact this world is heartbreaking. I pray for her family and friends that were near and dear to her heart to be able to cope and find the hope and peace they need to carry on. Death is not an easy subject to grasp by any means. It is hard to continue on without our loved ones, but they wouldn't want us to stop livin?g, just because they are no longer in our presence. When you are struggling, think back to the good memories you shared with Britt and remember how she didn't want anyone to hurt. She'd want you to continue living and bring about peace to the world. Bring the change to the world that she would strive to give if she were physically still here.


I have the little sunflower I crocheted you that I was supposed to send to you hanging up in my room, so every time I see it I think of you.


Britt was truly a one-of-a-kind person. Her effervescent personality easily lit up a chat room, a conversation, or made your terrible day into an amazing day. I don't think anyone could achieve it as well as her. If you needed someone to confide in at any hour, Britt was the one person you could always count on. She honestly cared about each and every person who she encountered in life, and it was something we all cherished and lover her for. She would drop anything to be there for you and she stood up for everyone, no matter the backlash she might have received for it afterwards. I remember talking to her late at night about problems I was going through, disagreements I had with other members in hopes of advice, discussing our favorite face parts . . . the memories are endless. Thankfully, I have all of our chat logs to look back in case I need a boost in life.

Britt was one of the most amazing people I had the pleasure of knowing. Her loss is so unfortunate, as she could have accomplished many great things in this world. She absolutely loved her family, significant other, and especially her dogs. Life will not be the same without seeing Britt log on or being able to message her and talk about anything. The friendship I shared with her will always be something I will keep close to heart.

Her loss had such a huge impact on so many people. To all of you who are grieving, just know that you are not alone in this. Many of us are grieving, wondering how we are going to get through this, when our days will start to seem normal . . . I can't guarantee that it will get better soon. The pain doesn't ever go away, and the thought of her passing doesn't diminish; the pain becomes easier to manage as time goes on. Don't fear that you will lose the memories you shared or the bond that you had. That is something you cannot forget. It will always be there in the back of your mind. Britt is still by your side each and every step of the way.

Although she isn't here with us in the physical world, I know that she is looking at all of us from above with a gigantic smile on her face. She would be thankful that all of us are coming together for one cause and that is to celebrate her life. Her legacy will always live on and she will never be forgotten. Rest easy, gorgeous.

I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you -- oh you, who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on. as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead -- he is just away.

-- James Whitcomb Riley

Anonymous Friend

Brit has always been an amazing person, to me. She was someone you could talk to about anything, and it didn't matter what the topic was she would always engage in conversation and never made it dull. We had great conversations and I am glad I'm able to look back on those and see all the serious/laughable conversations we had. I, as many others, will miss you greatly. I'm glad I was able to call you a friend, Brittaney.


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