Morgan Faith Keane, 8, Orofino

     Morgan Faith Keane was granted her perfect heart March 17, 2012, at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in the arms of her mother and father.
     Morgan was born April 14, 2003, with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and courageously fought through open heart surgeries and lengthy hospitalizations.
     Morgan's life would seem short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds quantity of time in which you live it. Her contagious smile and sparkling eyes could melt the hearts of those around her, and though she was small in size she had a big voice.
     She possessed strength, perseverance, the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. Her courage led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She looked forward to swimming and boating in the summer, roasting hot dogs and trick or treating in the fall, making snowmen and sledding in the winter, stomping puddles and celebrating her birthday in the spring.
     Morgan loved animals of any kind, but had a special spot in her heart for cats, especially tigers. She was an amazing artist, loved school and was eager to learn. She was very proud of her Honor Roll ribbon she earned for the second quarter of third grade. She admired her older brother and was a proud big sister.
     Morgan is survived by her loving parents; brother; and two sisters. She is also survived by many grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Morgan also leaves behind an extensive medical team, too numerous to mention, who provided Morgan with love and dignity in her life and also in her death. She was preceded in death by her beloved cat, Lucy.
     There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Orofino High School gymnasium. A potluck will follow at the National Guard Armory in Orofino. At the request of her sister we invite you to wear pink, Morgan's favorite color.
     In her honor, memorials may be made to: The Morgan Faith Keane Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544.

Lewiston Tribune, March 21, 2012, p. 5C
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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