Memorial Service Video March 27, 2015

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The service on Wednesday was so lovely. There are dozens of people to thank–too many for me to even begin that process here–and there has been a lot for me to do this week (for which I’ve been so thankful), but at no point did I feel overwhelmed. Having tasks to complete has made moving through the days more bearable, a thing that I would do well to remember now that there are fewer of them.

I’ll be honest–I haven’t watched this completely through. It will probably be a long time before I’m able to, but that’s ok. We had the service recorded because we wanted all of you who were unable to attend to have the option of viewing it. We felt it captured perfectly what we wanted–to honor and celebrate my momma’s extraordinary life.




Thank You March 25, 2015

Today was such a long, lovely day. I am exhausted, but I’ve laughed more today and in the last week than I thought was possible. Sarah James said it seems like there has been more laughter than tears, which is saying something, because there have been a lot of those, too.

You all have just knocked us out with love this week. Each conversation tonight was so perfect, and gave us extra pieces of her–there are so many.

We are blessed by you. It’s as simple and profound as that.

Until tomorrow,


Honoring Cindy Tripp March 21, 2015

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Cindy Tripp

Cynthia Breath Tripp passed away peacefully on the morning of March 19. She said, in her final days, that she always imagined she would die in the spring, so she waited with her family at home until the daffodils began to bloom in her own front yard.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Honoré Breath; father, James William Breath; and uncle Gene Honoré. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, James Ellison Tripp III; daughters, Sarah James (Jacob) Myatt and Emily Lorraine Tripp; granddaughter, Abigail Kate Myatt; brother, David (Linda) Breath; sister, Diane (Bernard) Porter; aunt, Ilona (Kenneth) Matar; foster daughters, Amber and Megan Neeley; and many more who were a part of her spiritual family.

She was a lover of language and clean laundry. She had a gift for bringing out the best in people while loving them exactly as they were. She found beauty and meaning in the people and things most others overlooked. She cherished handwritten letters and filling the space of a room with love and antique knick knacks. She favored her granddaughter Abigail more than anything or anyone listed above.

Cynthia was cared for by true angels at the end of her life, and her family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Dr. Kenneth Dodge, Dr. Howard Burris (Sarah Cannon Research Institute), Dr. Patrick Murphy (Tennessee Oncology), Dr. Bart Huddleston (TriStar Southern Hills), Griswold Home Care and Alive Hospice for their tender assistance.

To honor her life, a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at Fellowship Bible Church. Her family will greet friends on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church. Arrangements are being made by friends at Austin Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Brentwood Academy, her home away from home. It was there she found her life’s calling, to aid in the flourishing of others.