A golden butterfly had just emerged from its cocoon in Sophia’s Secret Garden.
The butterfly rested on Sophia Myers’ arm, crawled up her shoulder and fluttered near her for hours last Wednesday afternoon.
“I want to put him on your nose, Sophia, but I won’t,” Josh Myers said as he smiled and watched his daughter gaze at the butterfly’s transformation into a beautiful creature eager to spread its wings.
The butterfly, one of Sophia’s favorites, rested on Sophia’s hand one last time before it was able to spread its wings and fly into Sophia’s garden.
The next morning, the 7-year-old’s suffering from a rare and deadly brain tumor took a turn for the worse.
“After she passed I bathed her with Josh,” Angel Myers wrote in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 4,000 times. “I washed her beautiful hair. I put a little lip gloss on her and lotion on her legs, feet and hands. I guess it was my final physical act of love and caring for her. It’s so primal as a mother — I just want to care for her.
“Josh carried her to the funeral home stretcher. I don’t know how he had the strength to do it, but he did. He carried her as he always had. His final physical act of love as her daddy.”
Josh and Angel Myers, surrounded by family, friends and the community, will lay their “Baby Bug” to rest Thursday afternoon in a beautiful mausoleum overlooking Fort Bayou.
Sophia’s resting place is decorated in hues of hot pink and baby blue, two of her favorite colors.
Paper flowers, trees, string lights and butterflies illuminated at the Riemann Family Funeral Home in St. Martin Wednesday as family and friends attended visitation.
A celebration of Sophia’s life begins at 2 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church East Campus on U.S. 90 in Ocean Springs, followed by internment at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church.
Josh and Angel Myers have recorded eulogies dedicated to Sophia that will play at the church during the service.
The Myers family is asking those who attend to wear clothing “as bright and fun as our beautiful girl was.”