Russ and Lisa came home from the hospital on Sunday night. Lisa is experiencing some pain and mobility issues as she recovers from a fractured hip and temporary nerve damage in her right arm and hand. Hannah flew in from Minneapolis on Sunday morning and the family is now together.
A memorial service for Kalkidan “Dimples” Qualls will be held at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Moscow, Idaho. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to the Kalkidan Memorial Fund for REACH Ministries. REACH Camp was very special to Kalkidan and her family. You can also contribute to GoFundMe.com/loveforthequalls, which has been established to purchase a safe, new vehicle for the Qualls family.
Our family experienced a terrible tragedy yesterday.
Dimples was born in October 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She became a part of our family eight years ago and it was our great joy and honor to love and care for her.
Yesterday morning, Russ and Lisa were driving Dimples to Montana for a holiday visit with friends when they were involved in an automobile accident. Dimples passed away instantly in the collision.
Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the loss of our sweet girl. We loved her deeply and are heartbroken by this tragedy. We thank God that she did not suffer, and that she is now completely healed and at peace in the arms of Jesus.
Lisa is in the hospital with fractures and temporary nerve damage, but we expect her to be discharged in the next couple of days. Russ is unharmed. All the Qualls children are together, waiting for Russ and Lisa to return home.
Instead of emailing Lisa or sending personal messages on social media, please send condolences and prayers to [email protected].
[Edited 10-24-15, the above email address is no longer in use, please send email to Lisa at [email protected] Thank you]
Russ and I are heading out on a short road trip this morning with Dimples. A friend who used to work in the cottage at Dimples’ program invited her to come visit for a few days. Dimples is beyond excited. Not only will she see some of the adults who were integral to her life and path toward healing, she’ll see some of her friends as well. One of her closest friends has a family now (!!!!); they’ll get to visit and have fun outside of the more structured environment where they met.