Eden Venice Kend, 10, born on October 6, 2005, the daughter of Robert and Diane Fraser Kend and younger sister to Alyssa, passed suddenly on Saturday while visiting her aunt, Laura, and uncle, Nate Betz, and their two daughters, Carolyn and Jessica in Maryland.
Arriving merely hours earlier with her father, Eden collapsed during a game of flashlight tag. She could not be revived by her father or the immediate response from Howard County rescue personnel and police. After numerous attempts at the Howard County General Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department, Eden died of causes that are still unknown at this point.
Eden's gift was her love of life. She brought joy and energy to everything and everyone she touched. An active and vibrant member of her fourth grade class at Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School, she continued to grow into a beautiful and caring young girl. Eden loved the beauty in every wonder that presented itself to her, whether it was an animal, mineral, plant, person or object. A truly creative soul that never ceased to amaze everyone in her too short life either by her artwork, baking and cooking skills or her intelligence. She often built elaborate fairy houses of her own design using the natural elements all around her.
Eden's amazing gift was an acute awareness of love and acceptance. She and that love will always be her family's guide through the rest of their journey and will continue to teach them about the awesomeness of life, to live it, and most of all, to believe in yourself.
She leaves behind her parents Rob and Diane; her sister Alyssa; grandmother, Dorothy Fraser; great aunt, Myrna Baye; uncles, Peter Kend, Nathan Betz, David Fraser, Daniel Sullivan and MacAndrew Stasco; aunts Kate Kend, Laura Betz, Christine Fraser, Susan Sullivan, Tracy Mougin and Sandra Stasco; cousins, Sydney and Sam Kend; Carolyn and Jessica Betz; Thomas and Meghan Fraser; Alan and Shane Sullivan along with Alan's daughter, Mallory; Andrew, Arin and Dale Stasco; and Amanda, Anna and MaryEmma Fraser. She also leaves her cat, Bella, dog, Lyla, guinea pigs. Midnight and Oliver; and her five chickens.
She was predeceased by grandparents, Elaine and David Kend, Joan Kend and Peter Fraser Sr.; uncle, Peter Fraser Jr.; and great aunt Connie Eisenstat.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday, June 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee.
A Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, July 5, at the First Congregational Church in Lee at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow. Friends wishing may make donations in her memory to Eden Kend Memorial Scholarship Fund in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home 3 Main Street Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures, please visit www.kellyfuneralhome.net.
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