Hunter Mary Cynthia Labbe, ten years six months

by carrie
(waterville, me. usa)

Two months before she died... precious girl

Two months before she died... precious girl

My daughter Hunter died on March 12, 2009. She had cancer and the treatment gave her a rare bone marrow condition. She was the love of my life, the bravest girl in the world. I told her it was ok to go. She was on a vent for weeks in Childrens hospital of Boston. She was waiting until I was ready to let her go. I appreciate that. I miss her so much I can't breathe. She was so happy, even when she was too sick to laugh. She was mine. I can't believe she's gone, I want to say...You are missed and loved....I'll be okay and I'm glad you are now, no more more pain. harder better faster stronger...

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Jun 13, 2016
June 13th, 2016, 12:48am
by: Anonymous

June 9th, 2016, our class graduated.

I was, surprisingly, one of the Honor Essayists. In my speech I talked about how everyone had an anchor to keep them grounded. Further into the essay, I spoke about good days and bad days. I spoke about Hunter. In our "Senior Slideshow," her picture was in it. It's a compilation of photos over our high school years. I'm not sure if it was because I requested it to be, or whether they wanted to add it, but it was there.

I don't know why I'm telling you this, but I wanted to. I listen to the Broadway music for "Wicked" everyday, and have to avoid "For Good" because it makes me cry every time I remember singing it for you and our school. It feels like just yesterday I was saying hello to her in class...

I hope you and your family are well. I hope you're smiling. ♡

-Lexi O'Neil

Sep 16, 2015
September 15th, 2015
by: Lexi O'Neil

I last wrote to you when I was a Freshman. Today I remembered, for the first time, that Hunter's birthday was so close by. In June I told our Class Office that we should do a memorial to her when we have our Senior Goodbyes in May. I feel so out of place. For the first time in awhile I've cried for her. Just this past August I had the blanket from Project Linus that I chose when she died. My beat friend said "I remember that blanket. It's the special one," and even today that blanket stays nearby. Way more often than I think I should, I often wonder what she would be like. Would she have struggled in Biology like everyone of us has? Would she have taken STATS at Colby College this year? I won't ever know. And I always think it is unfair to know she never got the chance to be a Senior along side me and our classmates. It pains me to know I won't smile at her when she accepts her diploma... Because she didn't get that chance.

But here's how I always describe her.

She was beautiful. Not just in the way when you look at her, but who she was as a person. She was so funny and she was kind.

I'm sorry we're at another year mark where she's still gone. But I'll continue to think of her often. I will cotinue to tell the world about her.

With love.


Jun 04, 2015
I think about her almost everyday!
by: Abby C.

Hello Carrie!
I am not sure if you remember me or not but I went to elementary school with Hunter. I had the wonderful opportunity to share the same class with her. She meant a lot to me. She was such a beautiful and caring little girl. I think about her most days and really try to live my life with the same thoughtfulness she had. She was always thinking of others. Even when she was in pain. I look back on it now, and I am so thankful for her. She has honestly taught me so so so much. I remember for Valentine's day she made homemade cards. She wrote to each person in the class, even ones she rarely talked to. What made it so touching and memorable was she wrote what she loved about us in each. I remember it to this day and I will never ever forget her. I miss her, and I hope everything goes well for you and your family.

Jul 25, 2014
Dear Lexi and Sophie
by: Carrie Armour

You guys and Sid were the best friends my daughter could ever have, and she thanks you. I thank you. My daughter was love and light and I miss her every minute of every day. Thanks for your words.

Dec 01, 2013
...Years Later 11/30-12/01/13
by: Lexi O.

Hi, I'm Lexi. I used to be a friend of Hunter's in fifth grade. We did Chorus, A.S.A.P Program, and had the same class together.

I was just looking up another obituary, and then I thought of Hunter. I haven't forgotten her. My friend Sophie and I sang to Broadway Musical song "For Good" from the musical "Wicked" for her. I still sing the song, and tell all of my friends about her. Sometimes our old friends get into discussion about her, too.

So...Back to the beginning, I googled Hunter, and found this. I know it has been awhile since, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't wonder what could have been.

I keep a copy of her obituary safe, and flat in a particular book that I got in fifth grade at one of our many book fairs. It's one of my favorites, and every time I open it, she'll always be there. Even our March concerts... There isn't a year that goes by that I don't miss and think of her.

It's odd how I keep going on... Her death was an important impact on my life, and now, I'll never forget. I'm sorry she died. I wish there could have been a way to keep her here.

Best wishes,

-Lexi O.

"Who can say if I've been changed for the better? But...because I knew you...I have been changed
for good."

Wicked, For Good

Jul 11, 2013
Sweet and precious girl
by: DGH

Hunter - I will miss you forever and ever. I was only fortunate enough to know you for a few years and I will be eternally grateful for that. Your mom is one of the toughest and most wonderful people I know. She misses you like crazy and always will. I've never known a mother's love that was stronger for a child than hers for you and your brother. Keep watch over us wherever you are. xoxo Your friend, D

Mar 18, 2011
So Sorry
by: Anonymous


I was looking through my daughters year book and found the dedication. She didn't know Hunter, but knew she had died. I wanted to find out what took her life. Which brought me here...You don't know me...and I don't know you, but I do understand your pain and grief. I hope that this website and all of the good wishes will help you be strong. I am so sorry for your loss. Parents should never have to bury their children. May the remaining tears of your life be only of joy. Best Wishes.

Apr 13, 2010
A hug
by: Anonymous

wow, what a beautiful little girl!! I feel your heart, your intense pain! I understand what it feels like to not be able to breathe. Yet as mothers, as women, we do...we continue! My son died 10 years ago and my heart still aches for him; it does get easier, but I miss him still, always...til the day I die.

Thank you for sharing her with me, with us here!!
I hope you feel this hug from a complete stranger who shares your pain...

Mar 13, 2010
My sympathy...
by: Anonymous

What a beautiful child. Please except my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolence. May God bless you and keep you strong.

Feb 15, 2010
by: Down Under

Carrie, my condolences on the loss of Princess Hunter. May the happy memories of 10yrs and 6mths together get you through the hard times ahead. May you find comfort in the stars above where Hunter is looking down upon you all.

Feb 14, 2010
by: Anonymous


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