Service marks start of healing process

By Tony Thornton Published: April 21, 2006
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PURCELL - Jamie Rose Bolin is "dancing and singing on golden streets ... where not one bad memory of this life can ever trouble her, mourners at her service were told Thursday.

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Pastor Duane Elmore also implored those close to the murder victim not to "allow hatred to flavor our lives, but to let Jamie's death strengthen Purcell.

Nearly 1,000 gathered in Purcell's high school gymnasium to say goodbye to the 10-year-old girl, whose death has drawn national media coverage for the gruesome plot uncovered in a neighbor's apartment April 14, two days after she disappeared.

Police claim Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, planned to eat her body after suffocating her one floor below the apartment she shared with her father. Jamie's body was found intact, however.

Elmore thanked law officers who investigated the case and those who prayed for Jamie and her family and showed other acts of kindness. Then he addressed people who live outside the McClain County town of 5,600.

"This tragedy and evil that has been the source of so much focus is not who we are as a community. We are people who love our kids and care about our neighbors and help one another, he said.

Moving forward

Elmore said somehow, God will use Jamie's death as a blessing. "How? We will love our children more and treasure them more as the gifts they are. We can love each other in the community more. We can tear down the walls that separate us and build up one another with our words and our deeds.

The service drew so many people, police cordoned off traffic for two square blocks. Golf carts carried mourners from their cars to the gym.

Two dozen green balloons - her favorite color - hung behind Jamie's casket. They would be released two hours later after a graveside service in Guthrie.


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How to help

Memorial funds in Jamie Rose Bolin’s name have been set up at two banks.Contributions may be made in care of her memorial fund to any Bank of Oklahoma branch, or to the First American Bank, P.O. Box 1560, Purcell, OK 73080. That bank may be reached by phone at 579-7000.

What you said

Hundreds of people from across the state and nation expressed sympathy and support online for the family of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin. Some could relate to the loss of a child or loved one, and many offered a prayer or kind thought. Most who posted on The Oklahoman’s online obituary guestbook were shocked by the tragedy and senselessness of her death.

When we first heard about Jamie on the news my heart just dropped. We were sure that they would find her and she would be fine. We are so sorry for your loss. Just know that she is in a better place now, and God will take care of her. She will always be in your heart. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Michael and Doris Ventris, Meeker

I have a beautiful 10-year old niece. So I know how much Jamie was loved and cherished. Remember, she is with our Heavenly Father now, and will be there to meet us when it is our time to see God.

Lavern Smith, Apache

Since Wednesday, we have prayed for your family that your little girl would be found. We’re truly sorry that it has turned out this way. God is there for you during this difficult time. We’ll pray that you will find a way to continue. As a community, we are mourning her loss also. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Mark and Jennifer Brazell and Carolyn Womack, Wayne

Our hearts go out to you. We can’t possibly understand your loss, but we want you to know we grieve with you.

Joe and Carol Barker, Bartlesville

Rose was such a sweet little girl. Her smile was worth so much. God bless the family. We lift you up in our prayers.

Cindy Watkins, Lexington

Words cannot express what you must feel for the loss of Jamie Rose. But my prayer is that you will find much comfort and consolation. Jamie Rose is precious. May she rest in peace.

Melda Rossiter, Agra

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