Isaiah Kenneth Love, was born on May 3, 2016, in Ponca City. He left this earth at 3:50 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at OU Children’s Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was one year, four months and 18 days old.
Isaiah was the son of Nicholas Love and Michelle Mendiola Love of Tonkawa. Even though his short life was fraught with health complications, his bright blue eyes and toothy grin brought joy and inspiration to people from coast to coast. He touched countless lives and united thousands in prayer, truly living the meaning of his name, “Yah (The LORD) is salvation.”
He loved music and was adept at making joyful noise with his tambourine and xylophone. He also loved bright colors, tickles from daddy and posing for selfies with mommy so she could share his smile with the world. Our little superhero was loved dearly by all who knew him and knew of his story.
He is survived by his parents; paternal grandparents, Paula Love, of Blackwell, Darrel Cook, of Norman and Eric and Jennifer Brady, of Springfield, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Franci Mendiola and Kevin Woodvine, of Tonkawa and Mark and Cindy Mendiola, of Moreno Valley, Calif.; great-grandparents, Darlene Fletcher, David Cook, both of Oklahoma City, Dianna Spellman, of Mount Vernon, Mo., Joan Mendiola, of Moreno Valley, Sally Goss, of Orange, Calif., Wilda Henderson, of Moreno Valley and LaVonne Woodvine, of Lancaster, Calif.; aunts and uncles, Alexandria Bowan, of Emporia, Kan., Darrell and Angie Mendiola, of Tonkawa, Mark and Ashley Mendiola, of Tonkawa and Mat and Summer Woodvine, of Ponca City; numerous great-aunts and -uncles, cousins and special family friends who are all heartbroken that he was taken so soon.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Kenneth and Shirley Love, formerly of Blackwell; great-aunt, Kenna Grace, formerly of Tonkawa and great-grandfathers, Carlos Mendiola, Robert Brant, both formerly of Moreno Valley and Max Woodvine, formerly of Lancaster.
The family would like to thank Tonkawa Fire and Rescue for their compassion and the community at large, the medical team at OU Children’s Medical Center for their tireless efforts to improve his health since day one and the people who gave and continue to give so selflessly to assist in every way imaginable – financially, emotionally, spiritually and beyond.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2 at Christian Life Church, 115 West Grand, Tonkawa. Darrell Mendiola will officiate. Donations may be made to the family at First National Bank in Tonkawa.