Miranda Barnes
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Miranda Lynnette Barnes who was born in Dallas, Texas on June 24, 1993 and passed away at Children's Medical Center in Dallas on August 27, 2005 at the age of 12.

Miranda was active in school by participating in choir in elementary school and on to middle school. She loved singing in the choir. She was enjoying learning karate as her PE class and wanted to continue when she started back to school in 7th grade. She managed to make the first four days of the start of her 2005-06 school year before she became to ill to continue and suffered a seizure that caused her to be back in the hospital. We had plans to bring her home but were never able to. 

Miranda lost her valiant fight against glioblastoma multiforme which is a stage IV brain cancer.  She was diagnosed in March 2005 with brain tumors after suffering from a seizure during her 6th grade math class.

Prior to becoming ill Miranda had been a very active child.  She had been playing fastpitch softball since she was 5, had been a cheerleader with the city league, taking power tumbling classes, playing basketball for two years and participating in a state tournament, and a Girl Scout since she was 5.  She was going to be bridging to Cadettes.

She will be remembered forever by her family, friends and those lives she touched with her generous spirit and warm smile.

Donations can be made on behalf of Miranda Barnes, to the following who were very supportive during Miranda’s struggles with her cancer:

Make-A-Wish Foundation
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 410
Dallas, TX 75244

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
2777 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1025
Dallas, TX 75207-2230

National Children’s Cancer Society
Attn: Donation Processing
One S. Memorial Drive, Suite 800
St. Louis, MO 63102


In Our Hearts
We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories,
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake,
With which we’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.
Author Unknown


An Angel Has Fluttered
by Janis Latimer, August 2005
(Given to Miranda's Oma in honor of Miranda)

An Angel has fluttered,
Her position has changed.
Earthly mission accomplished
Life won't be the same.

Those tear drops have meaning,
So don't hold back.
They'll clean up the spirit,
And keep the soul right on track.

Remember the good times,
Savor the dreams.
This Angel is drifting,
Yes, she's on his Team!

So just cheer her on now,
Don't be mournful and blue.
She'd want you to be gleeful,
And happy and true.

She loved you so dearly,
Could tell from the smile.
Even in the last moments,
When she knew the last mile.

Her life was cut short,
By this dreaded disease.
But she won the battle,
With God, she was pleased.

So today we remember,
This Angel of Love...
It's now goodbye Sweetheart,
Only a chance to look above...

We know you are up there...
With God and His Best.
Cause you came and studied,
Then...you passed His Test!

Her Memorial in Ochelata Cemetary

Miranda's Obituary in Local Carrollton Paper

Miranda's Obituary in Dallas Morning News


Who You'd Be Today by Kenny Chesney Played with Permission by Artist.


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Tributes and Condolences
14 Years Have Passed 8-27-2019   / Nancy Carusone (Mom)
It is hard to believe that 14 years have gone by since you departed for heaven. We miss you every day and wish you were here with us but I am glad you are not suffering any longer. I wish you never had to go through this a horrible disease. I ...  Continue >>
12 Years Have Passed (Posted 9-10-2017)   / Nancy Carusone (Mom)
August 27, 2017 came and went and 12 years have gone since we lost you to the dreaded disease of cancer. I would have taken your place if I could have. I miss you every day my sweet girl. Watch over all of us, and I'm sure you are with your Opa an...  Continue >>
Thinking of Miranda today   / Emily (emianne)
I was around on delphi forums back in 2005 when you lost your sweet girl. Today we lost another old forum friend after a short battle with cancer. It made me scan my memories for all the others we had lost and I remembered sweet Miranda. Please kn...  Continue >>
Nine Years Today (8-27-14)   / Nancy Carusone ((Mom))
It doesn't seem possible that nine years have gone by.  I know you would have been in college, in love and all the things I am missing not seeing you grow up.  Today is hard.   I love you Miranda and miss you every day.
Happy 21st Birthday in Heaven Miranda (6-24-2014)   / Nancy (Mom)
There are no words to express how much you are missed by me and everyone who was touched by your wonderful soul. You were a beautiful child and you brought so much joy into our lives. Happy birthday Miranda. We love you and miss you every day.
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We Lost You 8 Years Ago Today 8-27-13  / Nancy (Mom)    Read >>
None / Christian-Aunt To ^j^ Stacia Collins (none)    Read >>
Happy 20th Birthday Miranda 6-24-2013  / Nancy Carusone (Mom)    Read >>
Gone 7 Years Today 8-27-12  / Nancy (Mom)    Read >>
8/27/11 - 6th Anniversary of Your Passing  / Nancy Carusone (Mom)    Read >>
Happy 18th Birthday in Heaven Miranda  / Nancy (Mom)    Read >>
Every Day Without You Sucks  / Nancy (Mom)    Read >>
Miss you every day  / Nancy Carusone (Mom)    Read >>
Gone 5 years Today - August 27, 2010  / Nancy Carusone (Mom)    Read >>
Happy 17th Birthday  / Nancy (Mom)    Read >>
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Her legacy
Jack - O - Lantern (Poem by Miranda)  
Jack - O - Lantern,
Jack - O - Lantern,
You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there in the window,
Looking out at the night.

You were once a yellow pumpkin
Growing on a strudy vine,
Now you are a Jack - O - Lantern
See the candlelight shine.
Otis (Poem by Miranda)  

I have a pet.
My pet is a dog.
His name is Otis.
My dog is black.
He is a large size dog.
He has pointy ears and a pointy tail.
He has short fur.
He can give me five.
He barks a lot.
I love my dog.
Apples Smiles (Poem by Miranda)  
Way up high in an apple tree,
All the little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could;
Down came those apples,
Ummmm--They were good!
Dear Mommy written August 28, 2005 by my friend Joani White  

Dear Mommy:

Mommy, I knew that you’d be worried cause I saw your tears last night, so I asked God if I could tell you that everything’s alright.  At first I didn’t want to go, I knew that I’d be leaving you, but then a hand took hold of mine, it was someone that I knew.  He told me not to be afraid, and to walk with him awhile. He said that I was just like you and he could see you in my smile.  He told me stories about you and your brother, and how he felt the same way I do when he left your mother.  I knew that he’d take care of me as we walked the streets of gold, and I knew that you’d feel better knowing it was Opa’s hand I hold.

I’m not sick anymore, and I don’t even need my glasses. I’m laughing and playing, and mommy, I even cheered for the masses.  My hair’s grown back and I have lots of curls, Opa said I’m the prettiest of all the girls.

They gave me a crown made of stars, and they shine so bright. It’s so you can see me on that dark, lonely night. Opa said a thousand years on earth is like one day here, and it won’t be long before our loved ones are near.

So mommy don’t worry and please don’t cry, this is just the beginning and not a goodbye.
My Favorite Memory with My Family by Miranda Barnes, 2003  

It is when my step-dad and my mom got married.  My brother wasn't that happy, but I was, with my hair in curls in a pretty blue country style flower girl dress.  My mom with long wavey hair and a white country style wedding dress.  My step-dad wore a cowboy hat and a country style tuxedo (my brother was wearing the same thing).

I was the first one to dance at the reception, then my mom and my brother joined me.  I danced almost the whole reception except for three or four breaks for grapes.  My step-dad's cake was almost gone when I stopped for a second break.  People just loved those chocolate covered strawberries on his cake.  By the time my dad picked us up to leave, we were exhausted.

Miranda's Photo Album
Miranda on her Make - A - Wish Disney Cruise in June 12 - 16 2005
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