Remembering Kimberly Andreu
The South Lancaster Academy family is grieving the loss of Kimberly Andreu, an alumna of SLA. Kim attended the school for many years, and was a student at Southern Adventist University this semester. On Monday, March 23, she was found unresponsive in her dorm room. Soon after, emergency personnel came to the dorm and pronounced her deceased. Her death was a result of natural causes. This has been a tragic loss in the community. Kim had a sister, Kathy Andreu, who is a senior at SLA, a brother, Kevin, who is in the sixth grade, and a younger sister, Ellen. Kim was known as being a happy, joyful spirit who brightened the lives of the people that knew her. Some of her friends volunteered to share some of their memories and thoughts of Kim with the Pioneer:
“You’re my best friend. You were my first friend. You were always there beside me when I needed you. Oh, how I wish I was there to be with you. My stomach turns just to think that I won’t hear your laughter anymore or talk about stupid stuff. Just a week ago you were here, with me. My best times were with you, and so were my worst. We had ups and downs but Kim, you were my number one. There’s an empty spot in my heart. But it will always be filled with the awesome memories we had. I wish I could tell you one last time how much I love you and how much you mean to me. “I know this is pretty cheesy but I’m really excited for you to come down to Tennessee!” Those where the last words you had shared with me. You will always be my number one. The ultimate best friend. And I know that I will see you too again in heaven. It will be the best reunion ever. Eu te amo, minha melhor amiga. O meu coração está apertada mas eu sei que Deus está em controle. Nunca vou esquecer da sua voz, a sua risada, o seu jeito de ser. Você deixou uma marca neste mundo. Um mundo que é cheio de coisas ruins, mas vc sempre teve jeito pra ser feliz e colocar um sorriso nós lábios de todos nós. Mas agora você está dormido e esperando a volta de Jesus. E eu vou encontrar você de novo no céu. Te amo. [English translation: I love you a lot, best friend! I’m heartbroken but I know God is in control. I will never forget your voice, your smile, and your ways. You left a mark on this world. A world that is full of bad things, but you always managed to stay happy and put a smile on other people’s faces. I know you are sleeping and waiting on Jesus’ return, and I will meet you in heaven. I love you.]” – Priscilla DeOliveira, Kim’s best friend.
“The last couple of days have been surreal. Kim Andreu was such a beautiful person. She was so easy going, and had such a contagious laughter that just got a room going. I am very happy that she was part of my life and in this moment of grief I would like to ask for prayers for the family and friends who had the privilege to have known her.”– Anny Cunha, SLA Alumna and friend of Kim
“Today, it is with much regret that I say we lost a friend, beautiful soul, and sister. Kim was such a huge part of our lives ever since we would all play in the church halls at age 6, all the way until today. There are no words that could express how much of all of our hearts has been torn away from us. Everything is very surreal. To lose someone like Kim is to lose family. She was family. The one thing I hold onto is the promise of God’s Word: that one day we will all be with our family again. It’s moments like these that have me wishing more and more for the soon return of Jesus. I thank all of the friends who have shown their support, but I would ask that all would pray for her parents, siblings and relatives back in MA too. Kim, your laughter, joy, brightness, and smile will truly be missed. RIP Kim” – Felipe Mendes, student at Southern Adventist University and friend of Kim
“Kimberly was a part of our family. She was a joy to all of our lives for as long as we can remember. To begin to explain what a beautiful, talented, wonderful, and special person she is, could take hours and even days. But the pain inflicting all of our hearts during this loss is nearly unbearable. I can’t wait until we meet again in the clouds on our way to heaven, singing, laughing, and joking all together once again. We miss you, and love you. Forever and always. Rest in peace until Jesus comes.” – Ellen De Oliveira, junior at SLA and friend of Kim
And finally, a letter to Kim written by her sister Kathy:
“Kimberly Andreu. I don’t know why this happened. Thank you for everything you have ever done for me. You were the best older sister I could have ever asked for. I will forever cherish all the amazing moments we’ve shared. You are my inspiration. You inspire me to be a better person. You always knew how to put a smile on my face and always made me laugh at the worst moments. Now, you’re gone. But you are a part of me. I love you so much and I miss you! This is just temporary because Jesus is coming again and we will soon be together. I love you so much and you will never be forgotten!
From your sister who loves you so much and will always miss you,
We ask that you pray for the entire Andreu family and all who were close to Kim. We pray that God gives them strength, courage, peace, and hope during this time of grief, pain, and loss.
If you have anything you would like to say about Kim, or share any memories that you have with her, please leave a comment below.