Alexis Elizabeth Flynn passed away tragically in the early morning of Feb. 12, 2019, in her bed at home in Big Delta, Alaska. She passed suddenly and it is believed she may have had an aneurysm in her brain. Her father was with her and performed CPR until local paramedics and the Fort Greely Fire Department responded. They tried valiantly, taking shifts among themselves for over an hour, to bring her back to consciousness. Her lungs and heart were willing, but her soul and spirit had embraced Jesus and her mind could not re-engage. The State Medical Examiner did not require an autopsy as the passing was determined to be from natural causes.
A funeral mass will be held for Alexis on Saturday Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, east-end of Deborah Street in Delta Junction. The family welcomes all those who wish to attend. This was where Alexis received first communion and regularly attended mass with her parents, brother, and her church family. She really liked attending Sunday school and loved to help the other young people wherever and whenever she could.
Alexis was a rock-star in her own way and cared deeply about so many things and wanted badly for everyone to be happy, to dance, sing, and love each other. She was born at Providence Hospital on Nov. 15, 2005, and within an hour was taken into a nine-hour surgery to correct some of the challenges she faced with her physical body. Her prenatal ultrasounds had showed a low probability that she would even make it to term. Following a successful surgery, the parents were told that Alexis had fourteen physical challenges she would have to overcome.
Alexis was a fighter with a lion's heart and approached life with a boldness and innocence and was both disarming and often funny. At her passing, and over a period of eleven years, thirteen of her challenges had been addressed by teams of top-notch medical personnel including Dr. Stephen Jolley, Dr. Richard Grady, and Dr. Jeremy Gitomer along with a number of specialists from both Providence and Seattle Children's Hospitals. These folks were part of the miracle of Alexis' life.
Alexis was not expected to live, she was not expected to walk, and didn't talk until she was five; then it was hard to get her to stop. She was not expected to dance or pass a normal curriculum at school. She always found a way to overcome and exceed all the expectations placed on her.
Her nicknames included "Pretty," "Lexi," "Sunshine," "Sassy-Pants,” "Bossy-Pants," "Boomschski," and daddy's "Boogee-Bear." She strangely enjoyed being annoying and was often heard to describe things she was uninterested in as "boring." She was a bright light in a dimming world.
She was and is our angel. She leaves a hole in many hearts that cannot be filled. We love you Princess... enjoy your new, perfect body and all the loved ones who were impatiently waiting for you in heaven. We are lost without you!!! Thanks to all those in Delta and her other communities who supported and cared for Alexis and helped make her short time with us amazing and miraculous in so many ways.