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13-year-old Franklin girl dies after seizure

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Grace Atkinson died Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Grace Atkinson died Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy: Facebook.com)
Grace Atkinson and her mother Carla. (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Grace Atkinson and her mother Carla. (Courtesy: Facebook.com)

A 13-year-old Page Middle School student died unexpectedly this week after suffering a seizure.

Grace Atkinson, best known as Gracie, passed away shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a post on her mother Carla's Facebook page.

Gracie suffered a seizure at her Williamson County home Tuesday morning. She was taken to a hospital when she was later found not breathing while taking a nap.

She died after nearly an hour of CPR was unsuccessful at the hospital.

"She loved life, she loved people and wanted to be part of everything," mother Carla said.

 Prior to her untimely passing, Gracie had battled seizures for the last few years, but had been on medication to control the condition.

Despite her life being cut short, Gracie had already accomplished many things.

She was an active member of The People's Church Franklin and had recently taken a mission trip, which was sponsored by myLifespeaks, to Haiti where she worked in an orphanage.

"It was a blessing for her, she loved it and was planning to go back," Father Mike Atkinson said.  "As a Dad I was at reluctant at first to let her go that far away, but once I found out Carla [my wife] hooked me up with right people, I did my due diligence and was very comfortable."

"She told us in lieu of birthday presents in March, ‘Mom, I wish you and Dad would put your money for Haiti because I really want to go back for two weeks this year and not just one,'" Carla said.

Visitation for Gracie will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The People's Church Franklin on Murfreesboro Road.  The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.

Pastor Rick White will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to myLIFEspeaks.

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