Isabella was a classmate of mine. We shared Spanish, Math, and C3. She and I weren’t very close, but every time I got to speak with her it felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. She never failed to impress me with her intelligence. Not to mention, her artwork! I remember one day in Math we were trying out a difficult worksheet made for high school/college, and she was the first person to finish the whole sheet. She completed it in less than 30 minutes, and got every single answer correct! I sat next to her and Naika in Spanish class in 7th grade and I’m glad I had a friend like her. She truly was an amazing person and still continues to inspire us all. I love you, Isabelle ❤️
I am so saddened to hear this news. I can’t even imagine what you must be going through so please know you, Kim & the rest of your family will be in my prayers and heart. Sending healing blessings & love. Isabella was the apple of your eye, we all saw that & she will be remembered forever. My deepest condolences Patrick, I love you brother ❤️❣️
Our deepest condolences for Isabella May she RIP !
In memory of Isabella Katherine Franzen, Isla DeTreville lit a candle
Kimmie, I was so sorry to hear this; I can't imagine your pain but I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
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Sending love and strength to the Franzen family in this difficult time. Isabelle was an inspiration to everyone around her. ❤️
Dear Dan and Marge, out deepest sympathies go out to you and to Isabella's parents. We remember her as a lively, inquisitive, joyful young girl and know that she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is now with the Lord, but leaves us with tears and broken hearts.
May we all be together again in the life to come.
I was so shocked and sorry to hear about Isabella's passing. She and my daughter Lili were in the same elementary school class almost every year at Stone. I loved seeing her sweet smile when I would visit their class or chaperone a field trip. She will certainly be missed. This photo was taken on the last day of school in 4th grade. The kids loved their teacher so much, they were all crying! Your entire family is in my thoughts - I can't imagine losing a child. Your community is here to support you and we all feel your pain.
Patrick and Kimmy. Send you so much love and prayers for the loss of your sweet Isabella. She left a special mark on this world. Her memory, passion and talent will live on through all of beautiful her art, writings, and special moments shared by those who got to know this beautiful soul.
Isabella was the first friend my son Sean made in 6th grade in his Spanish class. She is truly missed and both my son and I, will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
my heart breaks for you and your family and all Isabella's friends. She was a beautiful, talented and sweet girl. I pray that you will find comfort in knowing how many loved Isabella and will miss her.
My prayers are with you and your family. What a wonderful person Isabella was to all of us at Stone. We will miss that smile and bubbly personality! God bless you all!
Patrick and Kimmy, sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your precious Isabella. She was a sweet, loving, beautiful, little soul who will be missed by all who loved her. Aunt Judy and Uncle Bob are guiding her to God's peace. May your families surrounded you with love and comfort during this time of tragedy.
Sending prayers of strength and peace.
Love you so very much,
The entire Ching/Stevens family sends our love to Isabella's family. We have not seen her much in the past few years but had the great pleasure of spending time with her during fifth grade. She was always such a joy to be around - so clever, funny, unexpected. We all just adored her. She was a bright light and will be missed so much.
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Kimmy- I am so sorry to hear of this. My heart hurts for you and your family. I will pray for peace and that you can mend your broken heart.
Although we were never close, Isabella always brought joy to our art class. We are keeping her cubby and her artwork as placed center when we grouped it together. I will miss you, your talent, your posts about art, and everything about you. Your fellow classmate, Isla DeTreville
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you Kimmy and your family. ❤️
Isabella Katheroine Franzen
I love saying your name...it’s royal, regal and noble. It embodies all of who you are...a lion spirit. And yes, a lioness is still a lion. You are strong and fierce and yet compassionate, gentle and kind. You are passionate, loyal...a truth seeker extraordinaire. Your heart is full of tender mercy and compassion and you faithfully defend and fight for a righteous cause whether it be for a kitty kat or children working in a sweat house. You are precious, adorable and light-hearted...I love your humor and quick wit! And most of all you are LOVED!! You are ....always in my heart!! Aunt Resa
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Our lovely sweet Isabella uncle Jim and auntie miss you so much you are going to be such an amazing artist in heaven.
Isabella you are so creative and special your mom and dad will miss you so much & so will all of your beautiful friends from school.
Your memory will always live on with the Franzen
Yaiyai is waiting for you in heaven so you both could coddle together ❤️
We miss and love you so much! Daddy will always love you and will always give you those big hugs and kisses 💋
Rest in peace no more pain
We love ❤️ you
Aunty Carol & Uncle Jim
Kim and Patrick,
My heart aches for you. I’m praying for the strength, peace, and understanding that only God can provide for you at this time. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Isabella, but I do know the two of you so, I’m sure she knew how much you love her. She sounds like an amazing young lady. May God’s arms be wrapped around you and may his love continue to cover you.
she was one of my favorite friends, it hurts to see her leave so soon from this world.
My heart and prayers are with you during this heartbreaking time. Sending you love .
Patrick, Kimmy, and family, you have my deepest sympathy. My heart aches for you and I wish you courage, comfort, peace, and lots of love.
Dear Dan and Marge Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved grand daughter. May her soul RIP and may Jesus console you and all who loved her.
Ill miss u isabelle mi amiga. You were the bestest freind ive ever had.
I was never close with Isabella, I remember having her in one of my drama classes in elementary school. I remembered her name and face as soon as I saw her. I am so sorry to her family and close friends.
Marge and Dan, we always enjoyed hearing of your escapades with Beautiful Isabella as she was growing up..you have great memories. May you feel the comfort of Our Mother in Heaven and the nearness of our Lord .
We love you, Judy and Jerry
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We are heartbroken to hear about the loss of Isabella. We are praying for the entire family during this time and the days to come.
So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers
Kim and family,
Our entire team at Godshall is shocked and saddened to hear of your beautiful daughter's passing. We will be praying for you and will support you in any way that we can. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Karen and I are sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers
Although I did not know her, I am a member at St. Mary and in the Pillars men's group with Dan. I am sorry to lose Isabella and for Isabella to lose her life on earth. We will pray for her and her family. We know that our prayers are heard by the Lord.
I will never forget the time I hunted for dinosaurs Isabella had hidden all over the living room and kitchen. Isabella kept count and I do not believe I ever found all of them. Another special memory is the time Isabella and a friend treated Kimmy, I, and the other Mom to a spa treatment, complete with a facial, massage and foot soak. No charge, but tips accepted!
Thoughts and prayers for all of the family.
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and your family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Sending y’all deepest condolences, love & prayers! Love y’all
Dan and Marge
We are so sorry for the loss of this beautiful child. May choirs of angels comfort her and bring her to God the all merciful. And may Jesus, Mary and Joseph comfort you in your grief.
Tony and Leslie
Patrick, Kimmy and family, my heart breaks for you in the loss of your precious daughter. Praying for the Father to comfort you as only He can.
In memory of Isabella Katherine Franzen, John & Lora Harrison lit a candle
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my funny, precious, Hufflepuff so much.I have loved every moment I got to spend with her. We had a long running joke that she reminded me about every time I saw her. She would bring it up in classes every chance she could. I will always remember her sense of fun, her characters she became for our scenes and improvs, her love of fencing, our talks about the movies and shows she was interested in over the years, and of course our many discussions about all things Harry Potter.
As Grandparents, we understand how precious the young people in our families are to each of us. I spent time with Isabella, Her Dad, and Uncle Robert in Landrum and we often saw her and her Dad at family functions at her Uncle Robert's and Aunt Celeste's Home in Sylvia, NC. She was a delightful girl. Our hearts are broken at the tragic loss of this beautiful young lady. We are so sorry for your loss. She is sheltered in the arms of God. The world was made brighter because she touched all of our lives and hearts. Paul & Faith Radcliffe
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Dear Kim & Family, our hearts ache with yours. Isabella was an original, a beautiful kind soul, and a wonderful friend to Georgia. She is so missed and we'll keep her and you all in our hearts. 💜
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My dear friends, the grief and pain you feel in this dark hour are greater than anyone should ever have to bear. As I have contemplated what words of consolation or comfort I might say to you, the words of someone far wiser than me are the only thing came to my heart and mind. In a time of great darkness and despair, the songwriter Andrew Peterson went to a monastery called the Abbey of Gethsemane in the frozen hills of Kentucky hoping to find answers to help him to come to terms with the doubts his suffering had grown in him—he did not doubt the existence of God, but he doubted his goodness.
In this monastic setting, he spent three days praying, fasting, journaling, and reading Scripture. Again and again, he asked God for an answer to his suffering, and there was only silence. He felt betrayed, angry, bitter, hopeless, lost, and numb—but the heavens remained silent. On the day of his scheduled departure, he emerged from his room disillusioned and resigned that even though he did not find the answers he was seeking, he could at least experience the beauty of the garden for which the monastery was named. He wandered the hills in the cold Kentucky winter for what seemed like miles and came upon a sculpture of three men huddled together in sleep. They were covered in leaves, and it took him a moment to realize that it was Peter, James, and John, asleep in the garden on the night the Lord was betrayed and taken to his scourging and death.
He continued knowing that he would soon see Jesus praying, but not expecting much. When he came upon the sculpture of Jesus, what he encountered was an icon of the Lord’s suffering unlike anything he had ever seen before: “The artist depicted not a pious, romanticized Jesus, but a Jesus whose soul was deeply troubled to the point of death. His back was arched. He looked like he had staggered and fallen to his knees. His hands covered his upturned face and his elbows were splayed out like wings.” He continues, “the statue looked exactly the way my heart felt. Alone. Confused. Hammered with grief. Face turned toward the heavens not in a posture of doubt, but of desperation. The statue was not just a mirror of my suffering—it was a window into God’s own. I understood in a way that I never had before the profound comfort of the Incarnation. Jesus, the man of sorrows, hurts with us.” The author says, “I was comforted. I wasn’t healed. The pain wasn’t taken away, nor could I have explained what had happened, but as a wise friend once told me, God’s presence is to be esteemed more than his provision. God is with us, and his name is Jesus.” Despite the incomprehensible pain and suffering of this moment, I pray that you will know that God is with you, and as you struggle to make sense of this tragedy in helplessness and grief, know that His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Earlier this evening, I attempted to post something close to this on the candle lighting page, but I’m not sure that the post was saved. If it was, please forgive me for sharing these thoughts once again. To close, I want to say how much I love you all. My heart grieves for you. I pray that the God of all comfort will grant you hope and peace and help in the days to come. Me, my family, and many other friends are praying for you and will continue to pray for you. God bless you.
Eric, Lorie, and Lydia Spann
My heart goes out to your family in this devastating time. She was such a beautiful girl
My heart remembers that sweet smile and voice from years of Camp Fun and St James. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Srebrenka and I are sorry for the death of Isabella.
Kim, I’m so sorry and can’t imagine what you are going through. Isabella was a beautiful soul. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️❤️❤️
Kim I am so sorry for your loss. Sending positive energy to you and your family.
Dan and Marge, my time with Isabella, photographing your 50th Anniversary together, will always be a special memory. She was a true delight. Bob
Kimmy, Patrick and family...we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. All of our love. Shari, Lily & Ava Lancaster
Isabella's warm smile, kindness, art and beauty will never be forgotten.
Kimmy (and family), I am so sorry to hear about Isabella. My heart is broken for you. I know she was your life and your whole heart! Sending you prayers and love. May your memories carry you through these trying times.
Isabella had such a beautiful soul and I feel lucky to have spent time with her.
Oh, Kimmy, I am so very sorry. Isabella was a beautiful child and will be forever missed. Sending you love and light ❤️
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.