Mackenzie Byrd

Mackenzie Byrd

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11

MAHOMET — Her family and friends are clinging to good memories and her favorite Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11, in the wake of a Mahomet teenager’s death.

The community is in mourning this week after Mackenzie Byrd, 16, who fought a congenital heart defect and was awaiting a heart transplant, died on Monday at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Her parents posted this on the “Prayers for Mackenzie” Facebook page: “Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today. On this day, Sept. 2, 2019, at 12:20 p.m., our beautiful heart warrior went to be with the Lord. We feel so blessed that we have had 16 beautiful years with you. You fought so hard and with so much bravery always. My beautiful girl you sure did leave your mark on this Earth. So proud to be your Momma & Daddy. Until we meet again my sweet angel. We love you always and forever.”

Hundreds of people offered condolences to the family and tributes to Mackenzie on the Facebook page.

Visitation for Mackenzie is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday with a celebration of life at 5 p.m. at Grace Church, 800 W. Oak St., Mahomet. Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet, is in charge of arrangements.

Read the full story in Friday's Mahomet Citizen.