Tammy Trent

    I am thankful for the opportunity to talk a little bit today about one of my closest friends.

    If I could pick one word to describe Andrea, it would be AMAZING!  She blessed the lives of everyone she came in contact with.
    Andrea knew what it meant to serve and throughout her illness she learned every aspect of service.

    In December of 2000 Andrea was told she had cancer.  In the fall of that same year she found out she was expecting.  This pregnancy along with another one 2 years before ended up to be molar pregnancies.  With her HCG levels still rising they found out she had cancer.

    Throughout her struggle with cancer Andrea had three different sets of chemo.  treatments.  She also went through lung surgery and a hysterectomy.  There were many highs and lows throughout her 1 _ yr. illness.

    Andrea would face each obstacle with unwavering faith.  Her HCG levels would change but Andrea’s out look and determination would not.  One  time when faced with a difficult treatment she told me how she mentally prepared for it.  She said she thought of the movie The Emperor’s  New Groove.  There is a part in the movie when the Lama and the guy are tied to a log.  The lama can’t see what’s coming and says “Let me guess, a big waterfall coming? (yeah)
Big rocks at the bottom?” (probably) BRING IT ON!

    Andrea has a wonderful sense of humor.  She could find humor in anything.  She always kept things light and happy.  Always able to laugh at herself.  She told me once at a family gathering her nephew had given her the nickname of Auntie  Poopsie  Chuckle  Butt.  So obviously her sense of humor lives on.

    A lot of Andrea’s chemo treatments fell on holidays.  This past Halloween I had the opportunity to be with her for awhile.  As we visited the doctor came in.  He told Andrea that she could go home tomorrow at noon.  Then he said there’s been a lot of changes at the cancer center.  We had to get rid of all your nurses.  The good news is we have new nurses that are just as good but not paid as much.  I brought some of them with me.  He then left the room. “They got rid of my nurses!   Oh this has gotta be a joke- does my hair look okay?”  Then walked in 6 to 8 nurses with surgery robs and wigs on.  They had names on their robs like Broom Hilda.  All but 2 of the nurses were there.

    Andrea was loved by all those who treated her at the Hospital and Cancer Center .  The times I was able to spend in the hospital with her were wonderful. It was like a girls night out- in.  We would decorate for the holidays, enjoy her favorite movies, rub her feet, hands, and head or just talk.  These moments spent with her were more for me then her.

    With Andrea  cancer was not an issue.  She wanted life as normal as possible. When asked how she was doing she would say “Great how are you?”
Andrea didn’t dwell on herself.  Instead she would turn and serve others.  Even when she lived 20 minutes out of town she would bring dinner in for the missionaries in our ward.

    She was constantly aware of peoples needs and acted on the prompting to call or go see them.  Even when she was struggling.  She always did service with a smile saying “This is what it’s all about.”  Andrea was the angel for those who needed her and still is.

    Andrea’s calling in the church was 1st counselor in the Young Women’s Presidency.  At the Young Women’s last months fast and testimony meeting, the girls testified of their love for her and how much she had helped them.  One girl got up and said that she didn’t really have a testimony but could feel the spirit.  Andrea bore her testimony and told the girl that because she could feel the spirit she did have a testimony.  She bore witness of how cancer had given her perspective. “It’s loving each other and taking care of each other.  It’s developing our testimonies and knowing the Savior.”
                                         The Purifier of Silver

There was a group of women in a bible study on the Book of Malachi.  As they were studying chapter 3, they came across verse 3, which says “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”  This verse puzzled the women, and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.  One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and to get back to the group at their next meeting.  So that week this woman called a silver smith and made an appointment to watch him at work.  She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining it.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.  He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames are hottest so as to burn away all of the impurities.  The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot place!  Then she thought about the verse that he sits as a refiner of silver.  She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire  time it was in the fire.  If the silver were left even one moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.  The woman was silent for a moment.  Then she asked, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined and purified?”  He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy.  I know the silver has been purified when I see my image in it.”

-Andrea has his image in her countenance.  She has blessed each of our lives.  We will all be better people for knowing and loving her.