Caressa Lynn Paul, 27, of Athens, Pa., passed away peacefully at Geisinger Memorial Hospital, with her loved ones by her side, on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
She was born on July 24, 1991 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of Glenda and Charles Paul. She was a kind and caring young lady, who loved her cat, Spooky. She was loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
Caressa had a lot of faith and loved the Lord. Her family knows she is walking with him, and looking down over them. Caressa was such an inspiration to her family and others, and she loved everyone and everything. She never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything. No matter how bad she got, she still had love for everyone. Caressa loved spending time with others, even when she was not feeling well. She just liked being around others. She would try to watch TV with her brother Codie, even when she couldn’t because she didn’t feel well. Caressa didn’t want him to be alone and by himself.
Caressa was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome at the young age of 3 1/2. SDS is a rare blood disorder that affects the pancreas, bone marrow and skeleton, but other organs are also affected. Other organs and body parts that are affected are kidneys, liver, brain, teeth and immune system. It leaves its victims at high risk of infections, as well as constantly fatigued and with decreased oxygen levels.
After all that brave little Caressa has gone through, she is now at rest with the Lord. After all of her fighting, pain and discomfort, she is finally set free from all that, and is at peace with the Lord. Her family will greatly miss her, but knows that she is finally free of all she has endured for such a long time. Her family would like her to know how much they love her and miss her. And they know they will all be together one day again. So for now they know that the Lord will bless and keep her safe with him, until they all meet again, Amen and God Bless.
Caressa is survived by her loving family, her mother (Glenda), father (Charles) and her brother (Codie) of Athens, Pa., and her brother (Courtney) and his family of Washington, D.C.
Caressa is also survived by other family members across the U.S.
Friends and family may call on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Athens Wesleyan Church, 3903 Wilawana Road, Sayre, PA, for a memorial service. There will be a dinner to follow after the memorial service, in Bethel Hall of the church.