“Teen Mom” star Mackenzie McKee’s mother, Angie Douthit, died last week from cancer. In the days after, there was an outpouring of support for McKee from the “Teen Mom” community, and on Saturday, Douthit was laid to rest at a packed funeral service.
McKee’s aunt, and Douthit’s sister, Mandi Smith spoke at length about Angie during the ceremony.
“I would like to tell you a couple things Angie would want you to know. First, Angie did not lose her battle to cancer,” she said. “She won the race set before her. We watched her cross that finish line. And no doubt the last part of the race was tough, but she never quit and she finished strong.”
“Second thing Angie would want you to know is that she knew many people would ask, ‘Why did this happen, why her?'” Smith continued.
“Angie would say, ‘Why not me?’ She knew this was God’s plan. That’s why she titled her book God’s Plan… the third thing Angie would want you to know is that she did not want any of us to get angry about her passing. Now she knew we would all go through the stages of grief — anger being one of them — but she did not want you to stay in that anger.”
Douthit’s son, Zeke, also spoke. “I know Mom’s got a huge smile up there with you Lord,” he said.
“I just pray that you be with everybody in this room and if they don’t have you in their hearts or know you, or we pray that this service can help them want to come to know you Lord.”
He also sang “Your Are My Sunshine” during a very emotional moment in the service.
A large screen at the service then played a video of Douthit speaking about what she thought her purpose was.
“When I turned 40 a few years ago, I said, ‘Wow my life is half over. What have I done?'” she said in the video. “One day, I had an X-ray and it changed my life … And I said, ‘God, what’s my purpose?’ And this is what he said, so simple. He said, ‘When you leave, I want people to know your Jesus.’
“My whole purpose is that people know my Jesus and they know the love of Christ and they know that rules, regulations, laws, it’s nothing. It’s all about Jesus Christ and what he did for us. …The whole world is just such a crazy mess, and I just want people to know Jesus. … So every one of you gotta go out and let people know your Jesus. Share the love of God. Don’t judge. Don’t condemn. Don’t hate. Forgive. Share love. Hug. Smile. Help people.”