The world has lost its best hugger. The incomparable Morgan Dana Harrington was torn from us on October 17, 2009.

Morgan, age 20, was a shiny, loving, beautiful original. She was very much loved by her family, her friends, and her community, which has now expanded to include much of the world.  We cherish the time we had with Morgan and are grateful for the breadth and variety of experiences we were able to share in her tragically abbreviated life.

Morgan was born on July 24, 1989 in Charlottesville, Virginia and killed there in October 2009.  She was an avid music fan, a champion of children’s rights, and planned a career in education.

To recognize some of Morgan’s passions we ask that, in lieu of flowers, gifts to honor Morgan’s memory be made to the Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine or to OMNI – Orphan Medical Network International, an organization that provides medical care in Africa.  Scholarship donations may be mailed to: Virginia Tech, Attn: Gift Accounting, University Development (0336), Blacksburg, VA  24061, and OMNI donations to 6930 Empire Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Our reconfigured family, Dan, Gil and Alex plan on honoring Morgan with a Mass on February 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Roanoke, Virginia followed by a reception to celebrate Morgan’s life at the Hotel Roanoke.

We are grief stricken by her death but also lifted by the knowledge that Morgan Dana Harrington was precious to so many and will not be forgotten.  She mattered, to us all.

2 4 1

15 Responses to “Remembering Morgan Dana Harrington 1989-2009”

  1. Angie Miller says:

    Morgan will not be forgotten, we will carry her name, her light and her love with us always. I will never forget Morgan’s hugs, I can look back and remember the last time I got one of her hugs. Now it is a cherished memory.Our loss is truly Heavens gain. She is our beautiful angel there now,as she was here amongst us. My love and prayers are with you always.

  2. Lee Harless says:

    It’s nice that you’re celebrating her life with the community. We’ve all been worried. I’ve checked the forums and websites, at least once a week, since she disappeared. I hope that you’re able to move forward in life and find joy again.

  3. Alice Hutchens Carpenter says:

    I know you all have a lot on your minds, dear friends. One suggestion . . . would it be helpful or possible to include a “donate” button on your website for people to make donations to Morgan’s memorial charities online? Might help facilitate the donations of many people who want to remember her with these gifts?

  4. Miriam says:

    Our family has been praying for Morgan and your family in our daily Rosary before we heard the sad news and will continue to do so. May Our Lord and His Blessed Mother hold you up and comfort you.

    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more. Nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.”

  5. Janet says:

    Dan,Gil, and Alex
    Thank you for sharing Morgan with the world. She was a brite beautiful young lady who had everything going for her. May you all have some peace now. knowing where she is!(With God in Heaven)
    She is probally that big brite star.

  6. Cory says:

    Dan, Gil and Alex,
    Morgan has touched so many, this is a testament to her love for others and life itself.I am deeply saddened by the past weeks events but want you to know she will not be forgotten.I had put this on an earlier blog but feel it is appropriate for your beautiful daughter.The song “Gold Dust” by Tori Amos can be Youtubed, it is sad but holds hope in “freezing that frame” Many hearts will be with you this Friday, you are not alone. Your strenght and courage has inspired many, blessings of peace always.

  7. Cory says:

    On an important final note,something the Harringtons already know, the fact that Morgan was found at all is our miracle in all this. Lets not forget the snow, the fact that she was on 700 acres.The prayers of hundreds of people made a difference and this is the proof.The chances of that farmer being there when he had so much land to cover, the break in the weather, it was 45 in January that day, snow melted, all the events that helped lead to her recovery have given me more faith. God answered prayer……this could have gone on for years. My thoughts will be with the Harringtons this Friday as well as all of Morgans friends and loved ones.A candle will burn brightly.241

  8. Lee Harless says:

    The Lord works in mysterious ways.

  9. SARAH HESS says:

    May God Bless your family today as you celebrate the life of your first born and may it be a true day of love. Love in the beginning and the end is all the really matters, your family has both.

    prayers and thoughts,

    Sarah Hess

  10. Patricia says:

    Many thoughts and prayers are with your family today as you honor the life of your beautiful daughter. Thank you for sharing Morgan with all of us; she will remain in our hearts and minds forever.

  11. Susan says:

    Thinking of you and your family – from all of us in Northern Virginia who will forever hold Morgan in our hearts…

  12. Alice Hutchens Carpenter says:

    Dear Gil, Dan and Alex:

    As those “frozen tears” for Morgan fell relentlessly from the sky today, my thoughts, prayers, and heart were with you all. Those “tears” thwarted our plans for traveling to be with you today. It was our heart’s desire to be among those with you today to love you through this chapter of Morgan’s life.

    Although our wish was to be there, I saw those unending, beautiful snowflakes falling from the sky throughout the day, and thought of your Morgan. Beautiful, light, soft, “shiny”, playful, and each one completely original. They made me feel peaceful, somehow, and helped remind me of the part a massive snow storm played in lifting Morgan up, making her visible, and returning her to you.

    I was so thankful to learn that you allowed Morgan’s memorial mass to be filmed and reported on WDBJ7 in Roanoke so that all of us who were with you in love on this day could also share in the peacefulness of her beautiful mass. Thank you for that gift.

    There was a host of people at St. Andrew’s today to hold you close. Often we have heard of the support of the “Hokie Nation” for your family. I hope you felt the support of a “Morgan World” with you today, from the many people all over the world who came to love your child through your generosity in sharing her with us. Rest in peace, sweet angel. God bless, Gil, Dan & Alex.

    Blessings and peace to you all.



  13. Cheri Kostek says:

    Dear Gil, Dan and Alex

    For some reason you were all in my thought this morning. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t stop in front of Morgan’s picture in my kitchen and place my hand on it. I just know that they will find this killer and bring him or them to justice. I will never forget Morgan. Peace be with you all

    Love, Cheri

  14. Becky says:

    I was away overseas and hence, did not keep up with news of your beautiful daughter. Upon my return, I found out the horrific, most undesirable outcome. Please accept my heartfelt, most sincere condolences for your entire family. May her soul RIP and may you and your loved ones be given the fortitude to bear this grave, irreparable loss.

Leave a Reply