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Carter Matthew Abbott

July 30, 2010 ~ March 30, 2012 (age 1)
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   Carter Matthew Abbott, 20 months old son of Matthew and Emily Geng Abbott, died on Friday (March 30, 2012) of a brain hemorrhage.

   Carter was born July 30, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  At 6 days of life, he fought a virus that left him with brain damage and doctors did not expect him to live. Carter fought the virus and surpassed all human expectations. The family moved from Kansas City to San Francisco, California to start a course of extensive therapy at Anat Baniel Center.

   With all of Carter's struggles, he never ceased to give smiles of joy, intoxicating laughter and snuggles that melted hearts. His parents provided him with every chance possible for recovery, achievement and success.  In his short 20 months he was healthy, strong and a little fighter.  Every person who meet this little man fell in love. As humans we desperately try to set expectations and parameters on human life, yet Carter taught us that God scripts life, not us.

   Survivors include his parents, Matthew (formerly of Quincy) and Emily Abbott; his big sister, Elizabeth; paternal grandparents, Ken and Leslie Abbott of Quincy; maternal grandparents, Joseph and Judy Geng of Hillsborough, NJ; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Carter was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents; and his paternal great grandparents, Bernice and Kenneth Abbott of Quincy. Great Grandpa Ken died March 11, 2012 and Carter was back in Quincy with his parents for the memorial celebration.

   Carter's family would like to thank everyone for their loving prayers in the many prayer chains for Carter following his illness.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:00 in the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Mead, New Jersey.

   Visitation will be Friday evening at the Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, New Jersey.

   Memorials are requested for a scholarship fund to the Anat Baniel Method, to help other children receive this amazing therapy that helped Carter live life. Contributions may be sent in care of the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301.
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