Amanda Leigh Westbrook: Joy born into the world on May 27, 1975. She was born beautiful and lived beautiful. She had her share of ups and downs like we all do, but she handled the down times gracefully. She loved children, even as a teenager and they loved her. You couldn’t be sad around her, especially if she ever started laughing. When she laughed it spread around like a virus infecting everything in its path. It would catch you unaware and build up inside you until you just had to explode and join in, possibly rolling on the floor with her. It could be that this laughter was at someone else’s expense since Mandy was so gifted at catching people in the most hilarious poses. Many of us are victims of these pictures that she so lovingly posted on Facebook. Her sneezes are another subject altogether, but we will all greatly miss both her laughter and her sneeze-screams. Of course, she would tell you that famous sneeze was not her fault, that she inherited it from her Granny Robbins.
Mandy loved deeply, especially her daughter, Mackenzie. You did good, Mandy. Mackenzie is beautiful just like you and is such a joyful reflection of her Mother. Mandy loved her family and friends and was always trying to lift others up and encourage them. We’ve all been touched by her love in some way or another. She was good at loving.
There was a time when Mandy was a teenager that she surrendered her life to the Lord Jesus Christ. She would be the first to tell you she was not perfect, though. There were things in her life she would have changed had she known she would never wake up Friday – that she would meet Jesus face to face that day. She is free now of all the worries of this world but, if she were here right now, she would look you in the eye and tell you that the most important decision she ever made was choosing Christ. She would urge you to fix your eyes on Him, the Giver of Life, and not to delay in doing that. She would plead with you to be ready when your time comes because He doesn’t promise us tomorrow. Plus, she really would like to see you again, OK?
Survivors are her father, Johnny Westbrook; mother, Karen Robbins Dean and Randall Dean; daughter: Mackenzie Steele; sister: Kaitlyn Dean of Winston; brother and sister-in-law: Joshua and Lindsye Westbrook of Lithia Springs; nephew, Blaine Westbrook; grandparents: Eva Robbins, Richard and Wilma Dean and Lamar and Peggy Westbrook.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. from Hightower’s Memorial Chapel with Dr. John Pennington officiating.
The family will receive friends, Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated.
You may share your thoughts and memories online at www.hightowersmemorial.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hightower’s Memorial Chapel and Cremation Service, Douglasville, 770-489-2818.