CANTON, GA – A Canton Police Officer and his family are in mourning after his beloved wife died just eight days after giving birth to her daughter.
Now, instead of making plans for the future, the family is planning the woman’s funeral.
A Canton police officer loses his wife days after she gives birth to the couples second child. Today, I sat down with her parents to talk about their devastating loss and meet the miracle they have been blessed with . This story ahead at 5pm and 6pm pic.twitter.com/Z0EslWlo9Y
— Patty Pan FOX 5 (@PattyPFOX5) January 19, 2022
Canton Police Officer Jesse Lee and his wife Brianna had their second child in January of this year.
All seemed normal leading up to the delivery…and even the birth. However, eight days after giving birth to their second child, Amelia Ray, Brianna suffered a brain aneurysm and died.
Now, Officer Lee and his family are in mourning and planning a funeral instead of enjoying the new addition to the family.
A GoFundMe page was created to help Officer Lee and his family cover the cost of medical and funeral expenses. The post says, in part:
“Brianna Lee passed away unexpectedly due to medical complications. Brianna was the wife to Canton Police Officer, Jesse Lee. Brianna Lee leaves behind her husband and their two beautiful children. William Lee is their firstborn, age of 4, and is the cutest kid you’ll ever meet.”
Fox News spoke to the grieving parents of Brianna who said that although they are faced with a tremendous loss to their family, they find strength in their new granddaughter and God. Richard White, Brianna’s father, spoke about how much Amelia reminds him of his daughter:
“She looks just like her, just like her. To me, I’m calling her Briebo, because that’s what I called Brianna. But this is Amelia Ray, but to me, she’s little Brie.”
Richard and his wife then added:
“The anger we had, the sadness is still there but the anger we had that our baby girl is gone…people bringing…literally God putting pieces of my heart back together.”
According to Brianna’s parents, Officer Lee and their daughter first met and started dating in high school. Their relationship continued as Jesse joined the U.S. Marine Corps and they eventually married.
When Jesse left active duty, he and Brianna made themselves a home in Canton where he became a police officer.
After learning of the tragic passing, the Canton Police Department and the community have stepped up to support Officer Lee and his family. Friends and family have worked to ensure that Jesse and his children have prepared meals every night.
This poor family 😢 Keegannwent to middle school w/them. Canton police officer’s wife dies 2 weeks after giving birth
— ＣＡＲＬＡ (@VolGirl_4Life) January 18, 2022
While the family is receiving a tremendous outpouring of support now, at some point, that support will dwindle as things get back to normal. That is where the monetary donations become so important as the Lee family faces life without Brianna. In the post, it said:
“During these trying times, we know it takes a village to raise a family. Not to mention Jesse being able to provide for his family and attempt to continue with anything close to normalcy as possible.
“We need all the support and prayers for his family as they continue their journey trying to learn this new environment.
There is no doubt the struggle will not end with just raising money, but it’s a kick start to one thing this family would not have to worry about at the moment. Please find it in your heart to donate anything to support this family.”
So far, the post has raised over $75,000 that will go towards financially supporting Officer Lee and his two young children. Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for January 22nd at the Mount Paran North Church in Marietta, Georgia.
Given the past-tense usage of these first three sentences, it might be easy to determine that both William and Carol left this life for their eternal ones. In an amazing closing chapter to their story, they did that together as well.
Their daughter, Melissa Noke, said that eight members of their family had contracted COVID. Carol was on life support for two weeks. William, who suffered from lung and kidney failure, was for 8 days.
Nokes said that neither of her parents were vaccinated. The family had been unable to visit them during their last days due to hospital protocols. On December 30th, Parkland Medical Center conducted their “Walk of Heros.” This allowed family members to see their loved ones, even if just f or a few seconds.
William, 73, and Carol, 69, were placed in the same room, side by side. Staff members put Carol’s hand in her husband’s. Seconds later, William drew his final breath. Roughly 10 seconds later, Carol breathed her last.
“Placed both beds side-by-side, placing my mother’s hand into my father’s hand,” Noke said.
“As soon as they touched hands, my father took his last breath, and then my mother 10 seconds later. They were the true definition of soulmates because it’s like having love birds. You can’t just buy one: you’ve got to buy both.”
According to ABC 7, she was asked what she would say to her parents now if she could. “It’s an honor to be your daughter, and I love you and I will see you again someday,” she responded.
As tragic as this story is, it is equally as heart-warming and touching. It is vaguely reminiscent of a Mark Schultz song that reminds this writer of his own grandparent’s story of caring for each other, even through death. It is called Walking Her Home.
The first and the last verses and their choruses go like this:
“Looking back, he sees it all. It was her first date the night he came to call.
Her dad said, ‘son have her home on time, and promise me you’ll never leave her side.’
He took her to a show in town, and he was ten feet off the ground.
He was walking her home and holding her hand.
Oh, the way she smiled, it stole the breath right out of him.
Down that old road with the stars up above. He remembers where he was the night he fell in love.
He was walking her home.
He walked her through the best days of her life.
Sixty years together and he never left her side.
A nursing home at eighty-five. The doctor said it could be her last night.
And the nurse said ‘Oh, should we tell him now?
Or should he wait until the morning to find out?’
But when they checked her room that night, he was laying by her side.
He was walking her home and holding her hand.
Oh, the way she smiled when he said this is not the end.
And just for a while they were eighteen. She was still more beautiful to him than anything.
He was walking her home.”
This type of love is what I pray for my wife and me. In fact, I pray it for all couples. Through life and into death, may we all have someone that we cannot live without.