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III: EPILOGUE In the weeks that followed, we were reminded what stellar friends and family we


have. They brought Savannah and her boyfriend Levi home from Spain, they took turns staying with us, they arranged a memorial service in Springfield that packed some six- hundred people into the high school basketball gymnasium where Mack once dribbled and shot. St. Louis friends arranged a music fundraising event that provided both solace and money for her newly formed scholarship memorial fund. The fund grew to more than $15,000 in just two months, almost all of it donated by family, friends and colleagues. The most important thing they did for us was to remind us, with a deluge of letters,


emails, postings and other testimony, just how much Mackenzie meant to so many people. Mack had always said she wanted to be cremated, but it still was a difficult


decision for us, especially since the decision had to be made from overseas. She never wore makeup, and we knew she would have hated what a mortician would do to her. It was Savannah, with her working knowledge of Spain, who warned how much worse a Spanish mortician would be: “They’ll make her look like a clown.” So we had her cremated in Spain, then brought home. Mackenzie’s ashes are now in St.


Louis, divided into four vessels. There is one each for Stacy, Savannah and Kevin. The fourth will be interred in summer 2015 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, burial place of Abraham Lincoln—who, as Mack once mused, seemed to shadow her whole life.


Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.


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