By Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
ORANGE — Tears and laughter filled the sanctuary of North Orange Baptist Church as hundreds of friends and long time supporters came to pay their final respects to the girl with the never ending smile, Victoria Enmon.
Enmon, 15, died early Monday from complications of a fungal disease after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for more than four years.
Two large images graced the back wall of the sanctuary as people entered the church. Looking back at you, with that trademark smile, was Victoria, wearing angel wings and arms spread as if flying through the heavens.
A long line of people, at times stretching from the front dais to the main doors of the sanctuary, patiently waited their turn to speak with Enmon’s parents, Jo Ellen and Victor, and offer their condolences and support.
While some waited to speak with family members, others mingled and moved about the sanctuary viewing the dozens of photograph snapshots, portraits and collages of various periods of the teenager’s life.
A common thread in every photographic image was Victoria’s enchanting smile, which she would even wear on not so good days.
Among the images present included a family portrait from her sister Christin’s wedding, while another was of Victoria and Gov. Rick Perry taken during one of her trips to Austin.
A gavel from the Texas State House of Representatives laid upon a table, which also held a framed proclamation recently received from Shelby County Judge John Tomlin proclaiming Jan. 25 as Victoria Jo Enmon Day.
Hugs, handshakes, and tears were plenty during this heart tugging visitation service, especially for friends and family members. Victoria’s best friend, Sydney Taylor, was doing her best to stay composed at this difficult time.
Best friends since first grade, Enmon and Taylor, both 15, have shared each other’s joy and pain over the years.
By Tommy Mann Jr.
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