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Annick Marie Knisely

Obituary for Annick Marie Knisely

April 10, 1982 - May 27, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 36

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Annick Marie Knisely, beloved daughter of Paul and Nanou Knisely, passed away on Sunday, May 27th. Her family will hold a reception to remember Annick at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, on Saturday, June 9th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Remembering
Annick Marie Knisely

The first time I held Annick in my arms I thought, "she is perfect." We had waited a long time. She was everything we had dreamed she would be. I did not know what life would bring but I knew Paul and I wanted to share the rest of our lives with her. As an infant, she had an intensity rarely seen in a baby. Once, at a grocery store, a man who was trying to make her smile looked at me and said, "lady, you have the most disconcerting baby." I remember that word, "disconcerting." It was the first time I took a step back and wondered what kind of journey we would travel with this little one. She was nine months old.

Annick was beautiful, kind, smart, talented and funny. She was an unusual child. When she was five, she sat in front of our stereo speakers and listened to the entire Ninth Symphony by Beethoven. When it ended, she looked at me and said, "Mommy, play that again." She loved music. She learned to play the piano and she played beautifully. She learned to play the tenor saxophone and she was soulful. Her preference was for jazz and she improvised whenever she could. At a piano festival at the University of Texas, she inspired a judge to tell me, "talent does not get any better than this." She had played her piece as written and then she had improvised.

Annick challenged us as parents. Paul and I did the best we could to keep up but for the most part, we were way behind. We had expected the usual trials of raising a child but we were faced with an entirely different scenario. This girl was unique. She found trouble we could not imagine. At a particularly challenging moment, Annick told me she had had a dream. She was standing on the edge of a volcano looking into the lava and I was hanging on to her t-shirt so she would not fall in. In her dream she was yelling, "Mom, don't let go."

Paul and I loved Annick heart and soul. She took us from the highest highs to the saddest lows. We struggled. We improvised. We made many mistakes. Annick taught us to be patient, steadfast. She was always passionate, loyal and loving. She was strong and she gave us strength. She was brave and she gave us courage. I admired her in so many ways. Not many people can stretch you to the limits of your being, but that is the gift Annick was to us.

The past few weeks have allowed us precious time with Annick. We spent long hours at her bedside. She was excited, hopeful, looking forward to a happy and healthy future. She told me how much she loved her brother, Vincent, her sister, Jacqueline, and Jacqueline's wife, Jessica. She was enchanted by their daughter, Gemma. She told me that her partner, Micah, was the love of her life. She was grateful that her family was by her side. I am thankful we were able to tell her how much we loved her.

Her life ended much too early. She told me she had just figured things out. I did not understand her life would end so soon. We were not ready to let her go. Yet, miss her as we do, I cannot help but think that her life ended on a high note.

Thank you

To the wonderful doctors, nurses and techs in ICU, on the third floor and on the fifth floor, as well as the people in OT and PT, we can never thank you enough. Your skill, your efforts and your kindness gave us two very precious weeks with our daughter, Annick. If you ever wonder whether you make a difference, please know that to us, your efforts meant the world. Again, thank you.
Nanou and Paul Knisely

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