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May 23, 2014

City Park students say goodbye to Brittany Huber

— Brittany Huber was born deaf. And she said she was thankful for it.

God made her that way so she could experience the world more through her eyes and to see things more vividly than most people ever will, she said.

And even though Brittany’s time on Earth was short-lived, friends and family said it was lived fully as they gathered at City Park Elementary School for a memorial service Friday, on the last day of school.

Brittany, who worked at City Park as a teacher’s assistant, died on April 28 in a car crash six days before her wedding. Her fiance, Dalton State College Assistant Basketball Coach John Redman, lost control of the car he was driving from Dalton to Mobile, Ala. The wreck happened on I-85 in Meriwether County, about 40 miles south of Atlanta.

“As a young child, I was always free-spirited and never worried about a thing,” Brittany wrote in an artist’s statement that City Park Assistant Principal Cindy Edmondson read during the memorial. “I never let my disability hold me back. In fact, the older I became the more I realized being deaf is what has shaped me into the artist that I am today.

“By being deaf, my visual senses are heightened and I have learned to become more aware of my surroundings,” Brittany’s words continued. “As a result, I’ve observed and watched everything in sight very carefully. This observation of my surroundings has allowed me to understand what is going on everyday in life. God created me this way because he wanted me to see how beautiful this world is with my eyes. And to understand what others may tend to miss out on.”

Brittany wanted to teach art to elementary school children, Edmondson said. Brittany would have been 24 in October.

“We are so thankful for all the love they’ve given Brittany and John in the short time they’ve been here,” Michael Huber, Brittany’s father, said of the local community. “It felt like this was her home. This town took them in and loved them. It means a lot to us that they were loved and supported in the way that they were here.”

Lori Huber, Brittany’s stepmother, said she was left “speechless” by the memorial. Audio of students remembering why they loved Brittany played over the crowd before balloons were released in Brittany’s honor.

“I loved when Miss Huber said I was a good student,” one student said.

“I loved when Miss Huber told me she loved my writing,” another said.

“Even though we are crying today, I want to say that this was wonderful,” Lori Huber said. “Brittany would have been shocked. She would have said, ‘Look at all this that they’ve done for me.’”

Redman is at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where he is recovering from a brain injury he sustained in the crash. He has spent four to six hours a day rehabilitating, said Derek Waugh, Dalton State’s athletic director. Waugh added that Redman’s progress has been “miraculous.” Redman is able to recognize family and friends, walk with assistance and speak, and is also showing signs of cognition and memory.

“It’s very encouraging,” Waugh said.

Waugh is updating the community on Redman’s progress at caringbridge.com/visit/johnredman.

Bo Redman, John Redman’s father, said the memorial was the “most beautiful thing I’d seen in my life.”

“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was unbelievable.”

John Redman’s mother echoed those thoughts.

“They touched so many lives,” Susie Kirk said. “I think, for me, I could kind of feel their presence here. Everybody here just took them in as a family. Today meant a lot to everyone.”

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