Letter to the Editor: Thank you to St. Mary’s

On Tuesday night February 7th at the St. Mary’s basketball games, the life of our Kristi, # 4, was honored for her accomplishments in athletics at St. Mary’s High School.  It was an amazing and heartfelt ceremony celebrated with family and friends who all came to join us in this special tribute to Kristi.  Johnny Cox’s presentation of her accomplishments and expression of who she was really touched the hearts of everyone.  He coached her for five years but was so much more to her that “just her coach”.  All those years we watched her play basketball were some of the best years of our lives.  We miss her every day and are trying to fill emptiness in our hearts with all of the wonderful memories that she left behind.  She was so loved and will be missed by so many.  We would like to express our sincere thanks to St. Mary’s School, Elizabeth Yopp, Johnny Cox, Rachel & Roger Cunningham, and everyone who contributed and worked so diligently to make this become a reality.  Also, to all her classmates and friends who have made such an impact in her life.  She loved you all.  And last, but certainly not least, the icing on the cake, her fellow teammates and coaches who made Kristi the player that she was.  She could have never achieved all of those accomplishments without the support from all of you.    There is no stronger bond than the bond of teammates coming together to reach their goals as all of you did.  This is the true spirit of St. Mary’s.

We appreciate all of the prayers, love, and support that everyone has so graciously given us in this difficult time.  It means so much to us to have such wonderful caring friends.  I know Kristi is looking down from heaven and smiling with joy.  She would be so happy knowing that her beloved # 4 has been retired and will be forever remembered in the St Mary’s Hall of Fame.

Our deepest and sincere thanks

Tommy and Ellen Mathis & Family