|Birth: ||May 26, 1977|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1999|
Amanda Marie Gomez was born May 26th 1977 in Abilene Texas for John and Lois Hanson Gomez (Mandy was adopted). Amanda graduated from Clinton High School in 1995 and was attending the American Institue of Business in Des Moines Iowa. And was employed in the financial aide office with American Institute of Business.
She was baptized in the Baptist Church. And on Aug. 15, 1998 she married James S. Cook in Des Moines Iowa.
Amanda passed on Wednesday April 14, 1999 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Her funeral was held on Saturday April 17 1999 at 4pm, at the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton Iowa.
The Rev. Scott Porter of Sterling Illinois officiated the services. Interment was at the Springdale Cemetary in Clinton Iowa. Pallbearers were Jason Maschka, Shane Hanson, Ryan Hanson, David Arocha, John Cook, Tim Garza and Dustin Hanson.
Survivors include her husband James Cook of Des Moines, her parents John and Lois of Clinton Iowa. A brother David Arocha of San Angelo Texas, three sisters, Michelle Robledo, Liza Reiso and Loretta Torres all of San Angelo Texas. Her grandmother LaVonne Hanson of Mason City Iowa, and aunts, uncles, neices and nephews.
Mandy passed away from complications of the disease Lupus.
Lupus is a chronic disease that can damage any part of the body, including the skin, joints and other organs. In lupus, something goes wrong in the immune system, which creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissues and causes inflammation and pain.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus, mostly young women. More than 16,000 new cases are reported annually. The disease can range from mild to life-threatening, but with good medical care, most people can lead a full life.
Women are affected disproportionately — a ratio of
9 to 1 men, according to Aranow. And for women of color, they are affected at three times the rate of Caucasian women.
"The immune system is designed to protect the body from foreign bugs, but loses it ability to tell the difference between the cell and what is foreign and it mounts an attack against the cells," said Aranow.
In some cases, the disease is mild, with rashes, fatigue and some arthritis. In other cases it can severely affect the body's major organs.
Complications can include metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by increased waist circumference and elevations in cholesterol, fats in the blood, blood pressure and fasting sugar blood levels. The condition puts a patient at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the Lupus Foundation.
A CHILD LOANED
I'll lend you for a little time
A child of mine, He said,
For You to love the while she lives,
And mourn for, when she's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three,
But will you, 'til I call her back,
Take care of her for Me?
she'll bring her charms to gladden you
And should her stay be brief,
You'll have her lovely memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
Since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked this wide world over,
In My search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now, will you give her all your love
Not think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call
And take her back again.
I fancied that I heard them say,
Dear Lord, Thy Will be done,
For all the joy the child shall bring,
The risk of grief will run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness,
We'll love her while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the Angels call for her
Much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.
~♥~ The most painful tears are not the ones that fall from my eyes and cover my face, it's the ones that fall from my heart and cover my soul ~♥
- Love from Mom
Note: Mandy was a beautiful young lady, who went home to be with the Lord at the age of 22. We are very thankful to have had her in our lives for those 22 years. She had delt with that awful disease of Lupus for 2 years of her 22, when the Lord called her
Created by: Lois Schwartz
Record added: Mar 19, 2008
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