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Message in the sky amazes friends at teacher’s funeral

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. – The photo is being passed around social media by friends and family of a Mechanicsville Elementary school teacher who died suddenly earlier this month. The picture was snapped at Renee Parr’s weekend funeral.

The word “love” is written in the clouds above the cemetery. Can you see it?

Love Cloud

“I can’t stop looking at it. Beautiful,” one of her friends posted on Facebook.

“That photo is amazing. Brings goosebumps,” another friend commented.

Still can’t see it? Here’s another shot with an added heart highlighting the message in the clouds. Look inside the heart to see the message.

Heart in Clouds

In addition to the word love, other friends said they saw a cloud that depicted an angel carrying a baby. But it was neither the word, nor the that initially moved friends and family gathered at the ceremony.

“We had just all arrived to the private graveside ceremony.  The pastor had just said ‘please gather around; come in closer.’ We stood there tightly, silently at the ceremony ready for the pastor to begin when Renee’s aunt yelled, ‘There’s a rainbow, look at the rainbow.'” Parr’s cousin Crystal Heflebower recalled. “What we saw was an upside down rainbow.  We were amazed; we all stood there for about 10 minutes in awe of what was happening. We commented that this was indeed Renee smiling down on us and letting us know she was okay.  We were so thankful to see that rainbow.”

While looking at photos of the rainbow later that evening, Heflebower said she found other messages in the sky.

“I noticed that you could make out an image of an Angel in the blue part between the clouds and that the rainbow goes right across the chest of the angel.  On one angel wing and in the shape of a heart, you can make out what looks like a baby angel; Renee was 14 weeks pregnant,” Heflebower said. “I was so happy to make these things out on the picture.  It’s amazing how happy we were to see the upside down rainbow at the graveside ceremony not knowing that Renee and God’s message for us was so much bigger and better!”

Heflebower said other friends then noticed the word “love” written in the clouds.

Here is a copy of the original photo taken at the funeral.

(PHOTO: Geoff L.)

(PHOTO: Geoff L.)

Parr, 30, is survived by a husband and young daughter.

Along with teaching at Mechanicsville Elementary, Parr was also a cheer coach at Atlee High School, her own alma mater.

Renee’s Cheerios Fund has been setup in her honor to benefit the students of Mechanicsville Elementary School.

Donations can be sent to:

Hanover Education Foundation
Attn: Renee’s Cheerios
P.O. Box 1297
Ashland, Va. 23005

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