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Mary Riker
  • 17 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 14, 1999
  • Date of passing: Nov 15, 2016
I'll Love You Forever, I'll Like You for Always, As Long As I'm Living, My Baby You'll Be

This memorial website was created for our beautiful daughter Mary Riker who was born in Michigan on July 14, 1999 with her twin brother Josh. Mary passed away on November 15, 2016 at the age of 17.  Mary had Viral Myocarditis. A virus in her heart that resulted in congestive heart failure.   
The week before Mary died Brian and I each took her to the doctor. Brian for her cough, me for her sciatica (She had back pain). Mary was 12 weeks pregnant with our Grandson when she died.  I was relieved Mary had a doctor's appt on Wed Nov 16th because I was worried about her. Her cough seemed better, but she seemed short of breath. When I told her that, she said she was fine and I shouldn't worry.
Tuesday morning I left for work and told Josh & Mary as I always did that I loved them. I distinctly remember hearing Mary say "I love you too Mom." That was the last time I heard her voice. 
Mary worked at Chili's that night. Around 8:15 They called to tell me Mary had passed out, the paramedics were there and I should come. I left the house thinking she had just fainted and I'd take her to the hospital just to be safe. When I got there, I realized things were much worse than I anticipated.  Much worse. The EMT's were doing chest compressions. 
I remember frantically calling Brian, I remember the car ride to the hospital, I remember Brian & I getting to the hospital before the ambulance and the horrible wait for them to arrive with her. I remember calling my family and telling them to come.  
At first we waited outside the room. I couldn't sit. I kneeled at my chair and prayed to God to give her a pulse. I must have prayed those words 100 times.
They let Brian and I inside the room, and I held Mary's hand while they tried to save her life. I think I knew she was gone. Because my prayers changed to "please God give her back to me."
Mary died at 9:15 pm the night of November 15th and our lives changed forever. Now all we have left are pictures & memories. Memories of a strong, sometimes shy, sensitive, sweet, sassy (occasionally  snarky) teenage girl.
I'm grateful I got to be her Mom. I'm grateful that I treasured every minute with her as a baby, toddler, little girl, teenager and young woman. As a teenager she gave me a few gray hairs! I'd give anything to have the stress of caring for my teenage daughter and all the drama that goes with it.

Mary loved fiercely. She loved her friends, she loved her boyfriend, her teachers, her co-workers. she loved her family.  And we all feel a void with her absence. Life will never be the same.

We take a step forward and then another. We live the life she never got to live. And we make her proud of us. One day, Mary, we'll see you again. Now and forever our baby you'll be.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Chuvonne Curry on 10th December 2017

"I am so sorry for your loss. Things happen one way or another and people need encouragement. Something that I show to people who experience these type of things in the bible at Rev 21: 3,4 please read it,it can change YOUR life forever."

This tribute was added by Julie Cowart on 19th November 2017

"i came to read a friends memorial and went thru others.  I am so sorry you lost both your daughter and unborn grandson. I cannot imagine that.  From one mom and grandmom to another my heart aches for you.  I pray God gives you peace to endure."

This tribute was added by Jeremiah Coleman on 15th November 2017

"You were always my favorite to be around . We got along great and your smile made me smile and it still does. I would do anything to have you back. I miss you a ton and I can’t wait to see you again. For now though I’m going to smile and thank God for allowing me to be your friend for the time you were here. I know that’s what you would want me to do. I love you and I miss you. I’ll see you later"

This tribute was added by Kathy Riker on 15th November 2017

"I've never gone over a week without talking to you. And yet I just went 365 days. My baby. My daughter. My Mary-Berry.
I spent 17 years taking care of you, loving you, worrying about you, teaching you. Now all I have left are memories and pictures.
I miss you SO MUCH. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Life isn't the same.
My "happily ever after dream" of watching both my children get married, get your 1st real job, your first house, gone.
But today? Today is YOUR day, Mary Kate. You became an angel one year ago today.  You hugged Jesus. You walk with him, talk with him.  So today, even though I ache from missing you,  I'm going to try and remember that and be happy for you.
I KNOW Jesus called you home because he has a bigger purpose in Heaven for you. When it's my time, I can't wait to see you again and find out what that purpose was. Love you so much my baby.
Love, Mama"

This tribute was added by Kathy Guerrero on 14th November 2017

"I thank god for every day that he gave me with you. Thank you for the unforgettable memories Mary. For the late night talks and laughs. I love and miss you so much, it’s unbearable."

This tribute was added by Tricia Long on 30th October 2017

"My love and prayers are always with you, Brian, and Josh. Your girl surely has the best smile...and I’m certain that the sun shines a little brighter because she’s up in heaven smiling down on everyone she loves. You are such a good mama Kathy. Your girl was blessed to have you, just as you were blessed to have her. Love you my friend."

This tribute was added by Brian Riker on 28th October 2017

"I love you and I will always miss you. Till we meet again in heaven I love you."

This tribute was added by janet corales on 21st October 2017

"My heart goes out to you for your precious loss. I too, have lost a son.
May all the wonderful memories you shared with Mary help you to cope.
But, most of all, the Bible clearly promises at John 5:28,29.....there is going to be a resurrection of All those in the memorial tombs..........
Just reading those words gives comfort. We can be confident that this promise will really happen. One reason is that our Creator gave life to every living thing, then certainly He has the power to restore life.
The Bible has 8 examples of young, old, male and female being resurrected. Jesus himself, at John chapter 11, resurrected his friend
Lazarus. What a comforting Hope, to be reunited with loved ones."


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