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Our hearts are heavy today.  Our beautiful child has been called to her eternal home.  We have been greatly blessed by her life.

In her last days, she was comforted by this song.

Trust in You – by Lauren Daigle   Trust In You

Khaleda Hadisa Assell, age 14, of Denver, North Carolina entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

A memorial service will be held for Khaleda at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Denver United Methodist Church with Rev. Morrie Lawing officiating.

A Celebration of Life, alongside Khaleda’s family, will directly follow the service in the Family Life Center of Denver United Methodist Church. The family invites all who attend to wear their favorite shade of pink in remembrance of Khaleda. A nursery will be provided.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Khaleda (which means eternal), was her given name. From birth, she battled a life threatening condition called Thalassemia Beta Major, which required regular blood transfusions and aggressive medical treatment to sustain life. At 7 years of age, she was adopted by Mike and Amanda Assell as their first and eldest child. Despite her constant need for medical care, Khaleda brought joy, laughter, and wit to all she knew rather than bitterness or complaint. Her smile was contagious and her strength was mighty. She loved being with her family and friends. Painting nails, swimming, riding horses, and shopping were some of her favorite activities. Khaleda knew how to live in the day and understood that we aren’t promised tomorrow. She didn’t dwell on the past or her condition, and she didn’t fret over the future and what it would bring. This beautiful child taught us so much about life, sacrifice, and true love. She was a blessing in every way.

Khaleda is survived by her parents, Mike and Amanda Assell and her brother, Silas Assell, her grandparents, John and Barbara Assell, Marty Barker and Elizabeth Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, Khaleda would have requested any donations to be sent to  “Christ Church – designated to the Khaleda Fund” for various projects in Afghanistan and to help providing food, shelter, and education to Khaleda’s biological family.  The address is 409 North Little Egypt Road, Denver NC 28037.  Phone number:  704-483-5510.

She will live in our hearts forever!


15 thoughts on “

  1. wow what a beautiful piece very well done !! I can feel her spirit in the words and pictures God bless you all for taking such good care of her!!!

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. That smile. I will never forget it. God bless you Assell family for the love you gave to sweet Khaleda.


  3. Mike and Amanda,
    My heart is broken for your family. Khaleda was a beautiful child of Christ and is in pain no more. We will be praying for all of you in this time of grief!
    God bless you,
    Steve, Marti Schrapper and Bailey Russell


  4. Amanda, I still think of you as Mandy, our sweet little cousin who loved her pony, Buttermilk, and to think of you enduring such an unfathomable loss breaks my heart in two. What a blessing you were to Khaleda and her Afghani family in bringing her joy and the healthcare she needed to have more time on this earth. And what blessings she clearly bestowed on you and your family. I am so sorry. I don’t even have words. Sending love and hugs. Charity


  5. I can’t imagine what you are going through. You are such a wonderful family. I feel blessed just knowing you and getting the chance to know Khaleda. She’s so beautiful on the inside and out. Very intelligent and extremely witty. When she was in the office, she made everyone laugh!! She really did light up a room! I love you guys. If you need anything, please let me know!


  6. The love of God is showing so richly in your lives. This precious life was cut short but the love she enjoyed is priceless. God bless you. Sybil Kee


  7. We will continue to pray for your family during this difficult time. It is apparent that your daughter brought such joy to everyone and had a wonderful life with such a loving family


  8. I’m so sorry for your families loss. I am a friend of Lauren’s from Make-a-wish and she shared with me your families amazing journey with this special little girl. You are all in my prayers.


  9. So inspired from the blog. Overwhelmed with Love and Compassion from Khaleda’s service. Life changing for me.


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