Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Mourning Week Day, age six May 4, 2021

Week Day. Photo source: Hamilton Funeral Home.

TODAY A FAMILY BURIES their six-year-old daughter and sister on the southwestern Minnesota prairie. My heart breaks. Tears flow. And sorrow roots deep within me.

To see the photo of an adorable girl with a sweet smile and braided pigtails makes this all too real. This COVID-19. This deadly virus which, on April 25, claimed the life of Week Day.

She emigrated with her family from a Thai refugee camp to Marshall, Minnesota, in December 2015. Week was not quite 18 months old. The daughter of Mu Mu and He Lars. And then big sister to Michael.

And when she passed, the first grade student of Ms Hewitt and a classmate and friend at Park Side Elementary School.

My heart breaks for those who knew and loved this little girl. The girl who loved the color pink and singing and dancing and drawing and painting. The little girl with the kind heart, best attitude, bright smile.

Any death from COVID-19 is tragic. But, when a child loses her life, it’s especially difficult to take.

If you wish to show your love and support to the family of Week, please send cards, words of encouragement and donations to:

Hamilton Funeral Home

Family of Week Day

701 Jewett St.

Marshall, MN. 56258

Thank you.

© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “Mourning Week Day, age six”

  1. Heartbreaking…….

  2. What an adorable little girl. I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful life and for those that loved her. Praying for her family and loved ones. And to those who do not believe that covid is real — here’s proof.

    • It’s so important for us all to remember that behind every statistic, there’s a person. A family grieving. And, yes, if Week Day’s death doesn’t show doubters that COVID is real (and deadly), I don’t know what will.

      It’s so important to continue wearing masks and follow all other safety protocols. And to get vaccinated.

  3. Valerie Says:

    Thanks Audrey, for highlighting this special little girl’s life.

  4. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    Just breaks my heart….

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