Despite being partially deaf she would always babble at the most opportune times, whether it was during someone telling a story that she would give her “opinion” or during Mass at Emmaus as if she was responding Amen!
Abbey was not only a gift but was gifted as well. Numerous were the family and friends, facing difficulties in their own lives, that drew courage from her as they saw what Abbey faced daily. Or when she would be sitting next to someone who was sad, she would reach out and pat them on the arm offering comfort, how she knew to do that remained a mystery but it was always welcomed. Those were the good times of her eleven years.
Abbey’s family always knew this day, February 7, 2019 would come although they always had hope it would be the “next day”. Every day was a gift and blessing from GOD allowing all who knew her to love her. Now she is in GOD’s care, free from pain, where she can walk, talk, and do all the wonderful things that she could not do on Earth. Her Great Grandmothers, her namesakes, Mary Elizabeth Doerfler of Temple and Abigail Salgado of Marfa will keep her company until her family is reunited with her. Her friend James Bickley of Lakeway might even have a balloon waiting for her.
Her mother and father thank all of Abbey’s family, doctors and nurses, therapists, and Lake Travis ISD teachers who all played a lovingly important role in her life and care.