The friends and relatives of 18-year-old Abigail E. Bott filled Christ Church of Oak Brook Friday morning.
The Rev. Daniel Meyer, on behalf of “Abbey’s amazing family,” thanked those in attendance for what they had meant to Abbey, and for coming to celebrate her life.
“Abbey was one of those people who engaged and touched hearts,” Meyer said.
He spoke of the wide range of emotions of those gathered in the church, including frustration and anger, that Bott, a 2013 Hinsdale Central graduate from Clarendon Hills, should die so young.
Bott died in her sleep Sunday in her dorm room at Indiana University. The cause of her death has not yet been determined.
Meyer said some of her friends may be pounding their fists, others are shaking them up at the Lord, wondering why “Abbey’s life should end so suddenly, so soon and so strangely.”
He assured them that God has taken Abbey home “at the right time for her.”
“Abbey is safe from sickness and disease, pain and suffering ... despair, depression and disappointment. She no longer is missing her dear father,” who preceded her in death, Meyer said.
Lauren Treacy recalled how when she was 7, Abbey’s twin sister, Olivia, invited her to play with them.
Treacy remembers playing The Game of Life and Froggy Frenzy with the twins, being together for “lengthy swim meets and soccer games,” and going on vacations together.
“I have very few memories that do not involve the Botts,” Treacy said.
Olivia was the peacemaker between Treacy and Abbey, who both were more willful.
When they were 10 years old, Treacy said, “Abbey would sit on me until she got her way.”
But she grew into the definition of a true friend, who always had time when her friends needed her, Treacy said. Abbey loved to entertain and was a good cook, and often acted like a second mother.
“She always seemed to know the right answer and we never doubted her,” she said. “I am so grateful for the years I had with Abbey because she influenced me more than anyone I know.”
Abbey’s great uncle, Donald Bott, told all the young people, “You can keep Abbey’s spirit alive for the rest of your lives,” by being the kind person Abbey was.
“Do something special everyday,” Bott said.
A smile, a kind word to someone without joy, helping a community build up after a disaster, singing a happy song.
“Call it an Abbey action,” Bott said.