Charysse Kristine Hesse Memorial Service


Sunday, October 19, 2014 • 2:30pm PST



Congregational Singing
Led by Pastor Jonathan Colburn

Kyle Chowning, Brother

My name is Kyle Chowning. I’ve had the honor and privilege of being the brother to Charysse Hesse for the past 37 years.
On behalf of my family and the Hesse’s, welcome to the memorial and celebration of Charysse’s life.
As I scan the room, I see people from all walks and stages of Charysse’s life:

Some of you know her as a young child who, believe it or not, was shy and loved to play hard to get—well, that’s probably not hard to believe.

Speaking of shy, dad was telling me a story: Charysse was in Sunday school; one boy kept biting the kids; Charysse got bit and the quiet, shy and unassuming Charysse didn’t like it, so she DECKED HIM. Is anybody surprised by this? Me either.

Some of you know her as the “TALENTED AND GIFTED” child who was smarter than most, especially me, as she loved to remind me; and truthfully — most of us in this room.

Some of you know her as the BIG HAIRED MIDDLE SCHOOLER

Some of you knew her because of her ATTITUDE…and Sara Adams’….and Pastor Kent’s…doh! Look whose got the mic now!

Some of you know her as the domineering center on one of her many volleyball teams. It didn’t matter if she was playing at Bend High School, Linfield College, George Fox or a pickup game, we all enthusiastically waited for her to slam the ball in her opponents face; not because we wanted to see someone get hurt, but because we all wanted to shout “OHHH” when it happened. Man, that girls hit was something to  be feared.

Some of you know her as a die-hard Oregon State Beavers fan. For the record, she grew up a Duck fan and betrayed us when Marvin come into the picture. Love you Marvin, but go Ducks.

Some of you knew her for the food she loved to share. starbucks drink: iced venti, non-fat, upside-down, caramel machiato with light ice; buttered popcorn jelly belly’s; handfuls of marshmallows which also doubled as objects to be thrown across the room at high rates of speed.

Some of you were familiar with her violent reaction to anything that came close to touching her neck. It didn’t matter if you actually touched her neck or mimicked it, she just couldn’t handle it.

Some of you knew her as a music enthusiast. She absolutely loved choir from a child through her adult life. She was especially fond of worship music

Some of you knew her for her playful spirit, sense of humor and laugh. She always knew how to lighten the mood with her comments, often slightly unexpected comments that sends you laughing from your belly. She loved to laugh. She had a great smile: both the nice one, and the mischievous one

Some of you knew her because of her Strength. She was so strong: in character; in personality; in her will to live and beat cancer; great hugs; and from experience she could HURT you. Trust me, she could inflict pain when she wanted to…Right Marvin?!?

Some of you knew her as a loyal, attentive and caring friend. Speaking of…THANK YOU on BEHALF OF THE FAMILY: moms, staff and families at Crosshill Christian

Some of you knew her as a committed family member. She was a daughter and a sister not just to the Chowning’s but the Hesse’s too; wife to Marvin; mother of two fine young boys: tyler and trent.

All of you knew her story.

All of you knew her as an advocate and a fighter…especially when it came to cancer. THANK YOU on BEHALF OF THE FAMILY: kind, caring and compassionate staff at Evergreen Hospice

All of you knew her as a someone deeply committed to her faith.

All of these memories help us remember what we knew and loved about Charysse Kristine Hesse. But we’re not here to only remember what we’ve lost, but to turn our attention to what’s been gained. Yes, Charysse is no longer with us, but she’s healed, whole and living in God’s fullness. Can you imagine how great that is!
As we thought about today, we thought it best to highlight a few of Charysse’s favorite things. When you walked in, you saw: a caramel macchiato; buttered popcorn jelly bellies (they really are good); volleyball; pictures of her boys; and many other things that Charysse loved.
In this service, you’re going to experience some of Charysse’s favorite things: SING some her favorite songs; SEE some of her favorite moments in a video tribute; Jesus
On behalf of the Hesse and Chowning family, we invite you to remember and celebrate the life of Charysse Kristine Hesse.

Salem First Nazarene Choir

Scripture & Reflection
Read by Sara Adams, Best Friend

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Salem First Nazarene Choir


Pastor Tim Crump


The family of Charysse K. Hesse deeply appreciates the love, support and help given by so many of you during the past ten years.

Specifically, we’d like to thank Salem First Church of the Nazarene, the moms at Crosshill Christian School and the amazing staff at Evergreen Hospice. Your kindness and thoughtfulness means so much to us.

We can’t thank you enough.