Anne Cullen Atnip

Born in Nashville, TN on November 23, 1946

Departed on February 2, 2010 and resided in Smyrna, TN

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Anne Cullen Atnip, age 63 of Smyrna passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Kate Cullen. She is survived by her daughters, Melanie Shaffer and Melisha Shaffer; granddaughter, Alivia Levnjak; sister, Carolyn Hamlett; brother, Barry Cullen. A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Gallatin Memory Gardens at Crestview.

2 Comments to Anne Cullen Atnip

  1. Melisha Anne Shaffer
    February 7, 2010 12:00 am

    Mom,
    I don’t know how we will go on without you but through myself, Mellie, and Alivia you live. My heart aches like never before and breaks over and over throughout each day since you left. The hardest part is waking up in the morning and realizing that you are gone and this isn’t just a bad dream. Mommy, I will NEVER FORGET the feel of your skin or the smell of your sweet “I will make everything ok” scent. I held you after you died so tight like never before. I breathed you in and felt your skin and the flood of memories broke free and will never be dammed up again. I am sorry we had to argue as much as we did but it was because you made me a little version of you in so many ways…I was just showing off what you taught me! I miss you so much but now I wear a piece of you around my neck and the comfort you give is great. I hope and pray that peace is finally what you found on this arduous journey. I love you. Why now that you are gone do my words to you flow so freely? Mom, I swear when we brought you home from Vanderbilt I thought we had so much more time than just 1 week! I am also sorry that we pressured you to come home…we just wanted to stop the hospital circus but if we would have known the outcome we would have made you fight harder although I don’t know if that would have been the right choice either or just plain selfish on my behalf. Oh, mom I just don’t know much at the moment other than I miss you terribley! I am so so sorry for the way you passed as well. Mom, it was NOT supposed to be like that. I hope you weren’t still here to know. It wasn’t fair what Alive Hospice did to you. I’m sorry for recommending them and I promise not to ever suggest that any of my patients use them. I am so sorry mom. But I hope you are at peace and no longer have any of the pain present that you endured here on earth. Although your death was “planned” in no way could we have prepared ourselves for how this could feel. I guess you were more deeply seeded in our hearts than we could have ever imagined. But please rest now…truly rest. I know you couldn’t find it here but there you know the promises from HIM. His promises last forever…ours only a short lifetime. I’ll see you again and what a sweet day that will be. Until then I love you so much and will try to move on as best I can and help take care of Mellie. I know that you would have wanted me to do these things. I love you~Lish