My heart has been very heavy with sorrow for the 10 young widows of the Prescott, AZ Hotshot Firefighters. All of these ladies are in their 20’s and early 30’s. The above was yesterday’s scene as each of their husbands were being transported from Phoenix back to Prescott. It’s been a week since these men lost their lives and their wives have yet to lay their bodies to rest. We as widows know some of the emotions that they are feeling whether it be complete numbness or disbelief. Yet, there are other emotions that we may not know because of the way that they died and how they all died together. Not only have these ladies lost their husbands, but they lost all of their husbands’ closest friends and firemen family.
I am going to list the names of each of these new widows and would like for my widow readers to take a name and make a commitment to pray specifically for that particular lady.
Claire Caldwell (husband Robert) – Just got married November 2012; 5 year old step-son
Amanda Marsh (husband Eric) – No children
Stephanie Turbyfill (husband Travis) – 2 little girls that adored their Daddy
Roxanne Warneke (husband Billy) – Roxanne is expecting their first child in December
Juliann Ashcraft (husband Andrew) – 3 young sons and one little daughter
Desiree Steed (husband Jesse) – 1 young son and one little daughter
Marsena Thurston (husband Joe) – 2 young sons
Kristi Witted (husband Clayton) – no children
Krista Carter (husband Travis) – 1 young son and one little daughter
There are 4 other special ladies who need your prayers as well:
Tiffany (Girlfriend of Anthony Rose) – Pregnant with his daughter and due in October)
Leah Fine (Engaged to Grant McKee)
Alicia Owens (engaged to Wade Parker)
Heather Kennedy (Scott Norris’s girlfriend)
To read each firefighter’s story, you can go to http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20130705yarnell-fire-andrew-ashcraft-obit.html?nclick_check=1
The following 3 people need much prayer as they have been and will be the ones to continue ministering to each and every one of the widows long after people go back to their normal lives:
Darrell and Judy Willis – Darrell is the Fire Chief of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. He trained many of these brave young men. He and Judy thought of them as their own children throughout the years. Darrell was one of those who spent the night with the bodies and prayed for them through that first night. He is going to be speaking tomorrow at their Memorial Service which will be televised from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST. Darrell’s wife Judy has been assigned to work with the widows of the firefighters.
Kathy Beard – Kathy became a widow almost 5 years ago and is the author of the book INTO THE MIST which tells her widow story. Six of the Hotshot firefighters attended her church there in Prescott. Kathy has a heart for widows and is best friends with Darrell and Judy Willis. She will be helping to minister as well.