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Savannah Hyden Memorial Service; Flu takes 11-year-old's Life, But Not Her Spirit--Mikayla Lewis

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.--The flu has taken nearly a dozen lives in the state this season. Savannah Hyden passed away this week from H1N1, and her community honored her life today.

Hyden was coming off of Christmas break, when she caught the flu. In three days, she went from feeling fine to passing away at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Her parents want others to be aware of the virus signs, to avoid anymore tragedies. On Saturday, Hyden's family focused on her life more than her death.

Steven Hyden, Savannah's father said, " We had something special, I was very lucky to have Savannah as my daughter."

Steven Hyden gathered with nearly one hundred family members and friends at the Lighthouse in Sumner County this afternoon. The community remembered the 11-year-old whose life was cut short from the flu.

Steven Hyden said, "She's always been my source, my center, my whole world."

Savannah's father played a singing bowl, during the memorial service. The instrument was a gift from Savannah and her sister.

Natasha Renee, Savannah's mother  said, "She was full of love. That's what's binding us all together. All of these people coming here from different walks of life to celebrate hers."

Many people sent messages to Hyden, attached to balloons, and released them together during the ceremony.

Natasha Renee added, " During the balloon release,  I felt everyone else pain diminish... just a little bit."

Savannah's family says she was a healthy young girl. When this year's flu strain hit her, it was too much for the Knox Doss 6th grader to handle, without the vaccine. After she passed away on Wednesday, Savannah is inspiring many people across the country to get their flu shots.

Savannah's cousin, Claudia Renee explained, "People are going to the doctor when they thought it was just a sniffle or a low fever. I think people are taking their health seriously and that means a lot."

Many young friends and family of Savannah's attended the service to say goodbye, and say they learned many things from the 11-year-old.

Savannah's cousin, Sam Kornegay learned,"To believe in your actions and spend every moment like its your last."

Myrick added, " She was so bright and so intelligent,and had such a timeless wisdom about her."

Everything at the funeral was tailored to Savannah. Right before she died, Savannah wanted zebra walls in her bedroom. Today, zebra print table runners were placed throughout the event center, with purple candles her favorite color.

"We appreciate all the support. We love you Savannah, " said Steven Hyden.

Savannah's parents are going to the Smokey Mountains on Sunday, to say goodbye to her in a private service. Her parents say Savannah it was her favorite place.

Donations can be made to any Regions Bank location to the Savannah Memorial fund or online by clicking HERE or HERE.

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