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Adrienne Cole

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 13, 2018 @ 10:41 am In Durham,Obituaries | 46 Comments

DURHAM – Adrienne Cole, age 13, died on October 10, 2018. She was born on April 21, 2005 in Durham, NC to Chris and Amy Cole.
Adrienne was an 8th Grade student at A. L. Stanback Middle School, where she was an excellent mathematician, scientist, and artist, though she loved and excelled in all subjects.
Adrienne was an avid collector and craft-maker. She loved to travel, go to plays and Durham Bulls games. She regularly volunteered in youth ministry activities with ARC of the Triangle and Ronald McDonald House through Immaculate Conception Church. She was a supporter of organizations who provide medical care, food and education to children around the world.
Adrienne had many challenges in life related to her diagnosis with ataxia telangiectasia (AT). She was an inspiration to many people as she bravely faced and overcame those challenges on a daily basis.
Adrienne is survived by her parents, Chris and Amy, and her brother, Jay.
The family will be accepting friends and family to visit Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Chapel between 5:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
A funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM.
The Cole family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com – select obituaries. The family is requesting that donations be made, in memory of Adrienne, to the AT Children’s Project at www.atcp.org and UNICEF at www.unicef.org.

Condolences for the family of “Adrienne Cole”

Condolence from Chris Cox on October 13th, 2018 12:04 pm

Adrienne I will always love you and will miss our games and shopping sprees . You will always be in my heart.

Condolence from Chris Cox on October 13th, 2018 1:33 pm

Adrienne , I will always love you and I will miss your big hugs, our shopping sprees, playing games and doing crafts but especially your big smile, you will always be in my heart . Grandma

Condolence from The Sebolt/Zimmer Family on October 13th, 2018 5:31 pm

May you and your family be comforted by the love and compassion surrounding you. Our sincerest condolences.

Condolence from Anne E Hopp on October 13th, 2018 8:46 pm

Adrienne, I am so glad that I got to be a part of your life. Chris and Amy, you are incredible parents who made sure that Adrienne lived her life to the fullest and were such strong advocates in her life! Blessings and love, Anne Elizabeth Hopp

Condolence from Regis Lyons on October 13th, 2018 9:48 pm

Adrienne, you are as fresh as a raindrop and as beautiful as a snowflake. Thank you for your smiles and happy reactions to my silly games. I will miss your beautiful smiling and happy face. You are with God today and always.
Love always,

Condolence from Ethan on October 13th, 2018 10:12 pm

Adrienne, I remember all the times we would be partners at school. And you would always have that beautiful smile and I was always glad to get there and see you everyday. If I was having a bad morning I would get to class and see your amazing smile you are my best friend. Ilove you Adrienne you will always be in my heart,
Ethan Bullock

Condolence from Jeanne Rabold on October 14th, 2018 10:15 am

It was a joy to see Adrienne before the 5:30 PM Saturday Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Her smile was so warm and welcoming. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I will miss seeing you.

Condolence from Amy Oliphant on October 14th, 2018 10:25 am

Grateful for Adrienne’s joy for life, while she so generously shared every time a encountered her.

Amy O
An IC parishioner

Condolence from Kristie Mabry on October 14th, 2018 11:45 am

Adrienne. I am so glad to have met you. I will always remember the amazing scientist you were and how hard you worked at EVERYTHING you did. I loved doing art and crafts with you and painting your fingernails. My favorite memory was when your group at STEAM camp built the strongest spaghetti bridge. You had the biggest smile on your face. I will always keep you in my heart.

Condolence from Vivian d’Alelio on October 14th, 2018 3:46 pm

I’m so sorry about your loss. It was great meeting Adrienne at the DLA Family Day. My prayers are with Adrienne and the whole family. God Bless

Condolence from Cheryl Callahan on October 14th, 2018 4:16 pm

Chris, Amy and Jay – I was so sorry to hear about Adrienne. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Laura on October 14th, 2018 7:52 pm


You are angel. I love you. I will miss our adventures, your silliness and your laughter. Thank you for giving me a universe of love.

Love, Aunt Laura

Condolence from The DiMeglio Family on October 14th, 2018 10:33 pm

Adrienne, your greetings and smiles lifted up so many lives. Thank you! We will miss you.
Chris, Amy, and Jay, your incredible and limitless love for Adrienne shines so bright! Our thoughts, prayers, and lights of love are also shining bright for you all and for Adrienne.

Vittorio, Christine, and Allegra DiMeglio, fellow parishioners from ICC 5:30PM Saturday Mass

Condolence from Carolle M Epstein on October 15th, 2018 9:05 am

Our families have known each other for a long time now, I remember you as a baby girl, tagging along with Mom and Jay to Kid Tracks fun!

I will also very fondly remember your smile and the presence you had at NHES.
You had a great, loving and supportive family and you had many many friends. Thoughts and Prayers for you Amy, Chris and Jay. Please be in touch if there’s anything that you need.

Heaven has gained an angel!

Miss Carolle

Condolence from The Romans (Rafael) on October 15th, 2018 9:09 am

We are so sorry for your terrible loss. It is difficult to understand life when we suffer such a terrible heartbreak. But please know, that a great big hug awaits you from your little girl. In the meantime, cry, smile, laugh to honor Adrienne.

Condolence from Rylan C on October 15th, 2018 9:21 am

Adrienne, I will always keep your smile and the way you carried yourself close to my heart, I wish the best for your family and friends and may God help them in the grief of this difficult time. I will share your spirit with the world and I will never forget you.

Rylan C (your elevator buddy)

Condolence from Colby Kimball on October 15th, 2018 9:28 am

Adrienne, you always had such a pretty smile. It filled me with joy just seeing you even if it was just for a little bit. I always knew you were such a strong girl. You will always be missed but we all know now that you are in a better place, and now we all know we have a guardian angel looking over us. You will be missed Adrienne

Condolence from Sexton’s (Lori) on October 15th, 2018 11:51 am

There are no words, but am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Praying that many beautiful memories come to mind and that they are a balm to your souls.

Condolence from Dick and Kim Locastro on October 15th, 2018 11:54 am

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Adrienne. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Amy and Jay and your entire family

Condolence from Susie Beaver on October 15th, 2018 2:40 pm

I remember so well Chris bringing the kids to the office and them coming to my room for candy. Such sweet children and the most wonderful parents God could give a child. Every year my husband and I always looked for our Christmas Card with a picture of The Cole Family. Adrienne leaving us will leave a huge void but Our Lord and Saviour is truly gaining an Angel.

Condolence from Pete Balbirnie on October 15th, 2018 3:53 pm

Dear Adrienne, I always enjoyed seeing you at the 5:30 Mass and you always greeted me with a smile and a wave. Your smile would light up the room! I will miss seeing you and know that you must have touched many lives during your time here. I am praying for you and hope that you will pray for me. I’m also praying for your family, knowing the tremendous loss they must feel. God bless you!

Condolence from Brittny Bell on October 15th, 2018 4:22 pm

My sincerest condolences to the Cole family. I pray that God places peace upon your hearts. God bless.

Condolence from Dominic C on October 15th, 2018 8:14 pm

Adrienne, I liked that you traded Shopkins with me and you were a very kind cousin and I loved you. I am sorry that you died and I wanted to say goodbye to you. I will miss you. Love, Dominic

Condolence from Dorothy oneill on October 15th, 2018 8:36 pm

My son Jason Pattison attended school with Adrienne and says that she always had a smile on her face and daily brightened his day. He says that she has inspired him to be positive and make a difference for others. We are truly sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Gretchen LaNier on October 15th, 2018 9:00 pm

Amy, Chris and Jay,
We pray for peace for all of you. Adrienne leaves a legacy of kindness and strength that we can all aspire to. We remember her as a baby at Kid Tracks and as a lovely young lady always along for the ride, whether it be behind Amy’s bike or supporting Jay at sports. God bless and keep you. With love from the LaNier family.

Condolence from Peggy taylor on October 15th, 2018 9:16 pm

Adrienne I so loved all the times I saw you at Julie’s house and at school functions. I loved your smile and your perseverance and your delight in the activities you were participating in. You were a lovely example of just how much a person can continue to be a joy for others in spite of difficulties. Go with God, sweet girl so happy for you. We will really miss your smile.

Condolence from Michael Laches on October 16th, 2018 10:03 am

Chris and Amy, my deepest and sincerest sympathies on the loss of your precious daughter, Adrienne. Prayers to you and your family during this very difficult time. Adrienne was and will continue to be an inspiration.

Condolence from Susan Waters on October 16th, 2018 11:54 am

Amy, Chris and Jay,

I am so incredibly sorry to hear that Adrienne has passed. I will always remember her sweet, shy smile. Even in her quietness one could see her strength.

With much love,

Susan and Briana Waters

Condolence from Norma Murphy on October 16th, 2018 12:05 pm

Adrienne I will always miss you. Your smile, intelligence, and heart were a true inspiration to everyone who had the privilege of knowing you! I was blessed to have been your assistant! I love you my angel. Your smile lit up the world! Mrs. Murphy

Condolence from Patty Hollenbeck on October 16th, 2018 12:06 pm

Adrienne I will miss laughing with you you made me smile when my sisters were making fun of your aunt. I will miss the art work you gave me which I have framed and hung. I know you were angel and you will watch over all of us. I loved making Easter candy for you. You will be missed greatly. Love Aunt Patty

Condolence from Erin Belford on October 16th, 2018 9:33 pm

Sweet Adrienne, your smiling face was so often the highlight of my day! You will forever be in my heart. Much love to you all, Erin

Condolence from Lauren Farrell on October 16th, 2018 9:55 pm

Adrienne you were the best and most brightest person I have ever meet. I loved hanging out with you in the mornings and seeing you and watching you grow and enjoy all your classes. I always loved seeing your smile even when things were tough. I loved how you came to me that one day and showed me your paper after you had passed a test and you had such a bright smile.

Condolence from Clay Winberry on October 17th, 2018 8:07 am

Miss Adrienne, thank you so much for sharing that beautiful smile with the rest of us. You set the example for how to live a great life with zest and love. I am grateful for the short time I got to work with you. You are missed.

Condolence from Emily on October 17th, 2018 8:07 am


Your beautiful bright light has touched all who were fortunate to see it.

You are missed deeply


Condolence from Sharon Hayat on October 17th, 2018 9:24 am

My heart is breaking for all of you. I can only wish for all of you that you remember all the good times and joys.

Condolence from Susan Rivenbark on October 17th, 2018 9:26 am

Amy and Chris,
Words fall short in times when deep sorrow drives us to our knees, but the people who know your beautiful family want to thank you both for giving us the gifts of Jay and Adrienne. You blessed the world with loving, kind,courageous, unselfish, happy children who are beacons of light to everyone . They have always been reflections of the incredible people/parents you and Chris are.
Adrienne will live on in all the good things that surround us and she will make heaven an even more amazing place to be. We are all praying for you both and Jay, May you all gain strength and comfort from the love that surrounds you and may God grant you His peace now and always.

Condolence from Barb Johnston on October 17th, 2018 10:36 am

Adrienne was a touch of heaven right here on earth. I will miss her shining smiling face at mass each Saturday.

Amy and Chris, the loss of a child is a physical pain that cannot be described. You are in my prayers and if I can ever be of any assistance or just be an ear, I’m here. I promise you that your daughter will never be forgotten.

Jay, to lose your sister is like losing an arm. But she will always be with you, in your heart and in your mind. Always let her be present through you.

Much love to you all.

The angel choir just grew by one!

Condolence from Bruce Smith on October 17th, 2018 11:44 am

Dear Chris, Amy and Jay,
Heartfelt condolences from my family to yours during this very difficult time. You are a strong family and as hard as it may be to believe right now, you will survive and move on. I was lucky enough have been Adrienne’s one on one on several occasions and each time was a pleasure. Adrienne will be missed but always remembered and her memory will always bring a smile to anyone’s face who was fortunate enough to have had their lives touced by her.

Condolence from Tona D. Glascoe on October 17th, 2018 3:14 pm

Dear Cole Family:

I am so sorry for your loss. Adrienne was a joy teach. She was such a sweet child and a great student. She will be missed by me and remain in my heart. RIP Adrienne!

Tona Glascoe, Your Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher

Condolence from Jacqueline Breeze on October 17th, 2018 3:54 pm

Dear Family,

It was a pleasure knowing Adrienne. I will miss seeing her smile each day. She was truly an angel. Never forget that the ALS family loves you all. You have my deepest condolences!

Condolence from Emily on October 17th, 2018 6:13 pm


You were a beacon of inspiration for all who had the good fortune to know you. You will be missed sweet angel.


Condolence from Paula and David Preti on October 17th, 2018 6:53 pm

Chris, Amy, Jay,
We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss of a sweet little girl.

Condolence from Mary on October 17th, 2018 7:07 pm

Adrienne will be missed. She was a ray of sunshine.

Condolence from Breanna Stokes on October 18th, 2018 9:42 am

Adrienne always had a smile where ever she went. She always saw the glass half-full, never half-empty. She was a friend to all, including me, I remember in 6th grade she made a song about brownies. I still remember some of it. Adrienne was a great student as well and tried her best to fit in. Everyone will miss her, I am so sorry for your loss. It is selfish that I want her back, because I know she’s happier where ever she may be now.

Condolence from Deputy Lee Sparrow SRO, New Hope Elementary on October 18th, 2018 1:17 pm

Never have I met a child that smiles every time I see them, until I met Adrienne. Never have a met a child that has done more positive and loving things for her community, her friends, family and her Lord, than Adrienne.
If, for the rest of my life here on Earth, I can accomplish just a fraction of the things that she has, then maybe I can make a positive difference in this World, as Adrienne did!! There is no other word I can think of to describe this beautiful person, with the beautiful smile, than Angelic.

Condolence from Margaret Plambeck on October 18th, 2018 1:22 pm

Adrienne’s joie de vie inspires and motivates me. She is a blessing and I am glad I had the opportunity to know and love her. I will never forget her smile and her giggles.

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