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Chloe Kaniusis

Chloe Kaniusis

Home city: Eckville, AB
Age: 30
Date of crash: Nov 21, 2014

Memorial Message

Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet. Let it not be a death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night. Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way. ~Rabindranath Tagore

There are those who, from the time they are old enough to understand how they can make a difference in the lives of others – they already have. That was Chloe, our beautiful child. She was only 30 years old when an impaired driver killed her, and shattered the hopes, and dreams of those who loved her most. A husband, two small sons, a sister and her family, and deeply broken parents, were left to wonder how they could ever live without her.

Chloe was an amazing, and beloved teacher. She had just begun to pursue her Masters degree, because the education of young people truly mattered to her. However, she was on an extended leave, because as much as she loved teaching, her world revolved around her boys, Jaxon, 4 ½, and Kessler, 1 ½, at the time of her passing. On November 21st, 2014, and every day after that, these brave little ones would be left wondering why their mommy never came home, and why they would never again be tucked in with bedtime stories, and the hugs and kisses she reserved just for them.

That day had been a special one… with Chloe and I spending time together Christmas shopping in Red Deer. Her dad was caring for the boys at their home in the country, half hour from the city. As we journeyed home, at approximately 5 p.m., with Chloe driving, I mentioned that I wanted to pick up Chinese take-out for dinner. There was a little town, just ten minutes from Chloe’s home, and so I placed our order. We turned off the main highway, onto the road that would lead us into Eckville; laughing, sharing stories, and talking about Christmas…I never imagined that in just a few moments, an impaired driver would rip my child away from me, and destroy all that we held most dear.

I had no idea that we were on a bridge when he hit us head on, killing himself and Chloe. The crash was horrific. Her large SUV was beyond recognition. My oldest grandson’s car seat was laying by the back tire… because the entire driver’s side was ripped off. How I was alive, no one could understand. One-half of me died with my child that day, and the other half is still struggling to survive.

I often wonder if Chloe and God were with me in that mangled vehicle, as I remained pinned for three hours, with my daughter’s lifeless body laying over the steering wheel, just barely out of my reach. I will forever feel like I was partly to blame, for suggesting we venture off the highway and for being unable to save her.

Every minute of the day, I pray that Chloe is at peace in heaven. She had always told us that we were the best grandparents a child could wish for. My husband and I live for Jaxon and Kessler, as we endeavor to help them journey through their life without their mom.

Our beloved daughter was surrounded by people who loved and admired her. She was a beautiful soul, and she left behind beautiful memories. Besides her sons, Chloe’s legacy is that she will always be remembered as someone who touched the hearts of those who so desperately needed kindness, inclusion, compassion, and the reassurance of her beautiful smile.

We were blessed to have you as our daughter, sweet Chloe, our Angel. When you closed your eyes and ascended to the heavens, I must have heard the faint flutter of your wings, as you began your journey. Your life was short, but so rich in purpose. You loved fully, and gave generously of yourself. We will never forget you; you are set like a seal on our hearts.cr

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