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Anika Anne Upton - July 10, 2012

Anika Anne Upton passed away peacefully in the arms of her mother at Children’s Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb., on July 10, 2012.
She was born July 4, 2012, to Eleanor Anne Upton. She weighed 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
She was a beautiful baby girl who touched so many lives in such a brief time.
Anika Anne is survived by her mother, Eleanor Anne Upton; her grandparents, Teresa Pursley and special friend Stephen Swoopes of Omaha, Pete and Nicolle Upton of Grand Island; great grandparents, Dean and Charlene Pursley of Benkelman; aunts and uncles, Abbie and Ronald Siemers of Palmer, Levi Upton of Omaha, Jessica Upton, Shauntel Upton and Parker Upton of Grand Island; and cousin, Jocelyn Siemers of Palmer.
She joined her great grandmother Eleanor Knudson Upton and great grandfather Harley Upton in heaven.
Anika will always be our special little angel. She has touched the lives of all who met her.
She was a gift from God, a blessing, and truly one of God’s miracles. She was loved by all who met her and will be greatly missed.
Each moment spent with Anika will be cherished always. Anika had a big personality which was expressed in her many facial expressions and her preference in sleep positions. She most enjoyed snuggling close to her mama and listening to lullabies.
A special thank you to the nursing staff at Children’s Hospital NICU for their tender and loving care of Anika.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8-9.
Services were held Friday, July 13, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wauneta, Neb., followed by a graveside service at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.