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Celebrating the Beautiful Life of Gwendolyn Strong

July 28, 2015 by Bill Strong

Please join us in celebrating the beautiful life of Gwendolyn DeBard Strong.

Sunday, August 2nd, at 3:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Church
1500 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We shared Gwendolyn's life with the world and we know the world fell in love with our little girl. We welcome all those she touched to attend her public memorial service. A reception will follow immediately after the service in the Parish Hall.

Attire

We urge you to honor Gwendolyn by wearing black another day. Gwendolyn loved all things fancy. She loved purple and pink. She loved butterflies. She loved NEVER GIVE UP. Though we are devastated, bright colors and positivity represent who she was and the joy-filled life she lived.

Children

Children were an integral part of Gwendolyn's world and please know we welcome them to attend and participate in the service. As part of the celebration and to help children process their grief we will have a special activity for children to write, draw, or decorate a purple butterfly note that will be sent off with her.

We know this is a difficult time for many families as you navigate your child's grief and loss of their friend. If you choose not to attend Gwendolyn's service with your child, please know we understand. You know your child best, just as we always knew ours. If they would still like to contribute a special note, please mail to:

The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation
27 W. Anapamu Street, Suite 177
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Ways to participate from afar

If you are far and would like to join us in celebrating her life by wearing a butterfly or NEVER GIVE UP. or in some other way, please share a picture on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter and tag @gsfoundation with #GwendolynStrong so we can see it. We so appreciate your kind words about how Gwendolyn has touched your life. We know support will carry us through on the tough days ahead as we navigate life without our amazing Gwendolyn. 

Donations

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a tax-deductible donation to the Gwendolyn Strong Memorial Fund, created as part of the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation >> www.GwendolynFund.com

Check donations made out to "Gwendolyn Strong Foundation" may be sent to:

The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation
27 W. Anapamu Street, Suite 177
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We plan to do something very special to honor her legacy.

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