By MELODY METZGER
A magnificent moving tribute was given last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 28, in a very warm and packed Golden City High School gymnasium for Adriaunna Marie Horton, 12 years and four months, who went to be with her Lord on Monday, Aug. 19. It was her first day of sixth grade at Golden City and from what this writer could tell she was a much loved student by both faculty and fellow classmates. One class entered the gym hand in hand and the closeness made my heart melt.
The gym was beautifully decorated with handmade posters from loved ones and classmates, as well as gorgeous floral arrangements, pictures and a white casket with a pony atop. Adriaunna loved horses and that was evident by the displays.
Adriaunna attended the First Christian Church in Golden City and participated in the youth group and children’s choir. Brother David Powell from the church began the service with a prayer that was followed by an absolutely precious arrangement of the children’s choir singing a medley of Christian tunes, complete with hand and body gestures. A favorite of this writer has always been “I’m in the Lord’s Army” and that is where Adriaunna is now. From what I have learned about this dear child, she was definitely a child of God and there is no doubt that she is now in His presence.
The children’s choir was followed by “Adriaunna’s Song”, performed by Megan Jackson, soloist. I honestly do not know how she made it through the singing of this totally perfect song without breaking up, but she did an awesome job and you could just picture Adriaunna dancing up in Heaven and at peace.
This had to have been such a hard service for the preacher, as you could tell by what he said that he had a very close relationship with Adriaunna and thought very highly of what a special girl she was. He stated that Adriaunna should never be thought of as a victim, but as a victor because she was victorious in this life and earned her place in Heaven. He mentioned the many acts of kindness that had been made to the family over the last couple of weeks and how they should not stop now, as the family will need all the support they can get and that is the way Adriaunna would have wanted it. He was quick to note that she thought more of others than herself and she would want her family to be watched over, as she is now doing from up above.
Brother Powell ended the service by reciting the words from “Amazing Grace”, a much beloved hymn. Following this there were some family members that spoke followed by the singing of two songs, “Just Breathe” by Willie Nelson and “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. As the service concluded and Adriaunna was carried out to the awaiting carriage, a very appropriate song, “The Dance” by Garth Brooks, was played.
This writer has had the luxury of never having attended a service for someone whose life ended in the way that Adriaunna’s had, but what I witnessed today was a beautiful testament to a young girl that was someone that was so very special to everyone she came in contact with. If we could all earn the respect and love that was shown to her and her family on this day, then we would all be doing something right, and after all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Rest in peace Adriaunna; you are truly a child of God.
Adriaunna’s uncle, Larry Wayne Horton, is shown leading a horse that was often ridden by her. Many attending the service wore pink, her favorite color, to honor her memory.
Family friends drove the horse and carriage carrying Adriaunna to her final resting place at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Golden City.
A varied group of Christian motorcycle riders led the procession going out to the cemetery, as their tribute to a very special and much beloved Adriaunna Horton.