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A sad farewell to the little Mermaid girl, Shiloh Pipen

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Wrapped in a beautiful butterfly blanket she’d received as a gift from a woman in California, Shiloh Pipen was buried today in Pine Grove Cemetery in West Kennebunk, Maine .   She will find her resting place, next to the stillborn sister she never got the chance to know.  

The little girl that was full of life and spunk


brought hundreds of people together at St.Davids Episcopal Church today.  But Shiloh’s mother Leslie, wants to make sure that people through out the world remember her daughter for how she chose to live, not for how she died. 

"She did everything with a zest for life," Leslie Pepin said Sunday through her tears.   After being in the hospital for a week, her mother Leslie told SeaCoast online that Shiloh made up her own mind that it was time to go after a second bout with infection ravaged her body late in the week.   She further added “She had gotten septic again and she just couldn’t do it anymore,” she said.  Shiloh’s Dr. Matt Hand, director of pediatric nephrology at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center informed Leslie and Elmer that the time was near.   There was no choice to be made, Shiloh died on Friday Nov. 23.

Leslie also recalls that her daughter “didn’t want us to get divorced, but she knew we were both moving on, that we had people who loved us and we wouldn’t be alone,” she said.She told me it was OK to fall in love again. She was my old soul. I don’t know why she chose me for her mother, but I’m ever going to be thankful for that.”

 “We’ve gotten so much response, we can’t not share her now,” she told Sea Coast Online “She touched a lot of people.” “She was a special girl, so special,” she said. “Just because she died, doesn’t stop what she’s all about. “She allows us to live our lives with a legacy of love and hope. I want to do her proud.”
At the funeral, in honor of Shiloh,  family members celebrated her life and wore ribbons in her favorite color, Aquamarine — all the while remembering a little girl who touched  lives and warmed our hearts. Her father Elmer said, like the butterflies she loved, Shiloh is finally free to fly.
She has her wings now,” he said

Our prayers to the family and to the community that loved her dearly.

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  • Becky, Cleveland Family Examiner 5 years ago

    This is so heartbreaking. The family has such a wonderful, thankful attitude. I'm sure they hae already helped thousands with dealing with the loss of a child.

  • Examiner Reader 5 years ago

    What a special gift she was to this world! God bless her and her family!

  • bethann 5 years ago

    i am very sorry to hear about shiloh she was very brave

  • Dena/Nashville Gardening/Tri-Cities Small Business 5 years ago

    Really can't write anything because of tears.

  • olga feliciano 5 years ago

    im sorry for your lost

  • Vickie Foy 5 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. Shiloh was a beautiful and bright child. I enjoyed the part of her life you shared with us. I wish I had known her. Her passing is very sad, she will be missed.
    God Bless your little girl. You were wonderful parents.

  • maxine butler 5 years ago

    so sorry for your loss

  • hannah 4 years ago

    i feel sorry for you hannah

  • lorena 1 year ago

    i am so so sorry :(

  • Sean 1 year ago

    My heart is breaking :)

  • Sean 1 year ago

    I meant to say truely my heart is breaking :(. Such a beautiful smart and wonderful little girl she was. So sad for her family.

  • Beth 1 year ago

    I am so sad to say she passed away she was such a big inspiration to me Shiloh reminded me of someone very special but let her be gone but never ever forgotten R.I.P Shiloh

  • sarima 10 months ago

    so very sad she was a bright girl