Hope Leann Sabbatini Bilbruck


Hope Sabbatini 001Hope Leann Sabbatini Bilbruck passed away on April 17, 2015 in Weatherford, Texas.  She was born on March 9, 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She graduated from Hazen high School in 1995 where she was a cheerleader, basketball player and Valedictorian of her class.  She obtained her BSE from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.  She earned her Master of Science Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2001 majoring in Communication Disorders.  She was a loving mother to Isabella Faye Bilbruck and Bentley Robert Bilbruck and loving step-mother to Charitey Bilbruck, Destiney Bilbruck and Hailey Hintergardt.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, loved the Razorbacks and traveling.  She was a respected Speech-Language Pathologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for over 10 years and currently at Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Guy and Virginia Sabbatini of Lake Village, Arkansas and maternal grandparents, Melvin and Margaret Hula of Hazen, Arkansas.  She is survived by her parents, Ronnie and Melva Sabbatini of Hazen, Arkansas; brother, Joseph (Renea) Sabbatini of Hazen; sister, Nina (Justin) Meins of Springdale, Arkansas; one niece and three nephews.


Visitation is Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. followed by rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Slovak, Arkansas.  Funeral Mass is Monday, April 20, at 10:00 A.M. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, Arkansas.  Burial will be in the Czech Cemetery.


82 thoughts on “Hope Leann Sabbatini Bilbruck”

  1. I received a text from Melody at 7 am this morning of the death of Hope.
    Hope was such a polite precious child whom I enjoyed babysitting back
    In Hazen at the preschool age when I babysat 8 little ones.
    Hope sent Melody many supportive texts after Wills death.and the
    Foundation of Wills Wag Wishes
    Prayers for you all. Ronnie Melva Nina and Joe

  2. Ronnie,so very sorry for your loss,I pray for you and Melva to make it through this terrible time,may God bless your family !

  3. Ronnie and Melva, I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family. May the Lord comfort you and carry you through this.

  4. AnnaMarie Woodell

    Nina, Joe, Melva and Ronnie
    So very sorry for your heartwrenching loss-she was always a bright spot in the afternnoons after school and during all the games the 2 years I worked at Hazen High School. Please know that I have you all in my prayers and will ask the Lord each day to keep you in His arms. God bless you all and give you strength!

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic loss! I loved working with Hope at ACH!

  6. I’v only known Hope a short time. She was full of energy. I was her hairdresser here in Texas. She shared stories about her life & career. She gave my daughter encouraging advice for her future, & we spoke about Christ & how we could be better Christians. She was so excited to talk about her family & her love for them. I’m praying for you all as you mourn the loss of her, but knowing we will see her again in eternity gives me comfort.

  7. Ronnie, Melva, Joe and Nina,

    Jeanne and I are so very sorry for your loss and we are praying for you all. Hope was such a sweet, loving child. May the Lord bless and keep your family.

  8. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Hope at CCMC in Texas and enjoyed getting to know her. She was so encouraging with her patients and families, who always wanted to know if she was the speech therapist that would be seeing them each day. She had a great repertoire with both the families and her coworkers. She talked lovingly of her kids. She was always friendly and cheerful when I worked with her. It was a joy to know her. You all are in my prayers! May God comfort you all in this time of deep grief.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Hope was such an awesome person. I really enjoyed working with her at ACH.

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God lay his healing hands on the family to help you all through your grief. Hope was a beautiful girl and is now in glory with the Lord.

  11. Thinking of you all and hoping you all are ok. You are such a strong family and I know you will find strength in each other. Sending prayers your way.

  12. My heart is with you all. I always loved hearing Nina talk of Hope. Hope was so very loved. I will never forget the impression Hope made on me when just meeting her briefly. Beautiful and so very happy to see her sister. May God’s peace cover you all.

  13. Amanda Pierce Miley

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. My god be with all of you through this difficult time.

  14. James and Margie Saul

    It is a beautiful picture of your daughter/sister that you have shared. You all are a wonderful and strong family that is loved by so many, and you have lots of family and friends willing to help you at this time of tragic loss.
    It is our prayer that you keep true, pure, lovely, beautiful, and good memories forefront in your lives as you deal with your grief and loss. Our hearts are filled with love, prayers and sympathy.
    Philippians 4:8 The James Saul family

  15. Bob & Sharon Hillman

    Ronnie, Melva and family, Sending our sincerest sympathy, love and prayers in the loss of your precious daughter. Only those who have lost a child can truly know the pain you are going thru. Healing is a very long journey. Not a day will go by that you won’t grieve for her. Our son died in 01 and there are still days that we can hardly make it. Peace be with you and know you are in our thoughts.

  16. Greg & Jackie Askren

    Jackie and I pray that you find strength to get you through this. There are never good answers. You are in our prayers.

  17. Jimmy and Tommye Baugh

    Melva,Ronnie and Family- jimmy and I are so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter, wife, sister, and brother. We are saddened and send our heartfelt sympathy. You are in our hearts and prayers. With Love!

  18. The Class of '95

    The Class of 1995 would like to extend our sincerest condolences. Hope was one of our dearest friends. So many great memories were made throughout our school days. We will always remember her beautiful smile & her contagious laugh. To us Hope was not just a friend or classmate, she was family.
    We love you Hope & will miss you more than you know. Rest in Love.

    Goodbyes are not forever.
    Goodbyes are not the end.
    They simply mean I’ll miss you
    Until we meet again!
    — Author Unknown

  19. Deanna Smith-Melcher

    So sorry for your loss of a daughter, sister, mother and friend. Praying for you all during this difficult time.
    2 Corthians 5:8
    We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

  20. Glenda & Gerald Bednar

    So sorry for the loss of your daughter. Your family are in our thoughts and prayer during this difficult time.

  21. Phil & Linda Jackson

    To the family:
    We are so sorry for your loss!!
    Our thoughts and prayers are for all of you.
    Praying that our Lord will give you peace and strength during this difficult time.

  22. My life was better for having known Hope in college. Her entire family will be in my prayers.

  23. Ronnie and Melva,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this difficult time.

  24. Blessings for peace and comfort during this difficult loss. Loving wishes to all the children and family. My ties are through the UUCLR church when Hope and Tim were married and had their first child. I spent a lot of time with Charitey, Destiney and Hailey as a community volunteer. As a voice of rom this community we send compassion and loving thoughts to all.

  25. Becky Crow Clem

    Hope was a much loved and respected member of the rehab department at Cook Children’s. She did love her Arkansas Razorbacks! We will miss her terribly. Praying for her family for The Lord’s comfort and remembering Hope’s special gifts.

  26. Richard and Carol Plafcan

    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your whole family since we heard the sad news. It is such a great sorrow that only God can help you handle. There really are no words, just know that we pray with you for healing and consolation.

  27. Polly and John Fricke

    John and I are so very sorry for your loss. We met Hope soon after she started at FUMC Bryant and found out she had a Lake Village connection. We will dearly miss her sweet smile and will be praying for you all during this heartbreaking time.

  28. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a special person. She will be greatly missed. My prayers will be with the incredible family I had the opportunity to get to know, not so long ago.

  29. Ronnie ya’ll are in our thoughts & prayers. So sorry for ya’lls loss.
    Ruby, Cherie & Bruce Brown

  30. So very sorry to hear about the death of Hope. She was a very sweet young lady. May got comfort your family during this time.

  31. MarQuinta Moore~Russell

    The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt in our hearts. ~Helen Keller

    My prayers and thoughts remain with you all.

  32. I had the honor of working with Hope for 6 years at ACH. She was a joy to be around. She made me laugh daily while we were on rounds. Her laugh was infectious and her smile was so warm. She was so genuine and her coworkers and patients families could feel that. She made you feel good. She loved her children very much and loved to share stories about them. She showed me that there are genuine, good, loving, honest, people left in this world. I am so sorry to her family. All who knew her will keep her memory alive. I pray for your peace.

  33. So sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for all of your family. Let The Lord be your comforter during this difficult time in your life.

  34. Heather Bartlett

    I am so very sorry for your incredible loss. I’m absolutely devastated. I met Hope while my newborn daughter was fighting for her life at ACH. As my daughter started to get better, Hope taught her how to eat when know one else could. She called Alivia, “her baby.” She quickly became family. She always supported us, celebrated with us cried with us and always advocated for us. I loved her from day one and I’ll love her forever. Thank you for bringing such an amazing person into this world. Prayers and love to you all.

  35. So very sorry for your loss. I am praying for all the family and friends. May God help you find peace and strength during this difficult time.

  36. Infinite love and prayers to the family, friends and everyone who was blessed to have Hope in their lives.
    A loss on earth, but a great gain for heaven.

  37. Mike and Barbara McCreight

    words are never enough at times like this but may you find peace and comfort knowing that Hope touched the lives of many and you will one day be reunited again. We knew Hope from Bryant United Methodist Church and are very thankful to have known her.

  38. April Henard Lasater

    My thoughts and prayers are with Hope’s family and friends. I worked with her at ACH for a number of years. She always had a beautiful smile and enthusiastic greeting for everyone she had contact with. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

  39. Rita Raper Anderson

    Ronnie,Melba,and children, my sincere condolences in your time of grief. May God comfort you and give you peace.

  40. Amanda Chudy Liberatore

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace throughout the time.

  41. Pat Carter Rickels

    Ronnie, Melva, Joe, and Nina.

    So sorry for your loss. We have your family in our prayers
    and hope that you will let God help you with your grief. You have always been a special family and I hope you will have peace with God.

  42. Ronnie,Melva,Joe and Nina

    I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are on our prayer list. God will carry through. If i can do anything please call.


  43. Sherri Wingard

    Hope always had a smile for everyone. She touched so many lives and made a lasting impression on those she met. We attended church together at Bryant United Methodist Church. May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you peace, comfort and strength.

  44. Nina and family…there are no perfect words to share…every outsider wants to find perfect words to make it all ok. Yet, it is impossible. Your world is forever changed. Your “normal” will never be the same again. Many people will say some pretty crazy things trying to find the perfect words. Just take a deep breath and know their hearts are in the right place. They are just as confused as you all are. I will tell you this from experience. There is a jagged hole in all of your hearts right now. That hole will never close, yet, the edges will soften a bit and will allow you to move forward knowing she is always with you. My prayers for all of you is that you know that you are loved (as seen on this site and FB)…please reach out to your family and friends. Let them help. Know that I am praying for all of you…and please make sure you take the time to grieve for yourself instead of always being strong. Much love to you Nina and all your family.

  45. Terri Hatfield Chapman

    Ronnie, Melva, and Family,
    There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Hope could brighten up a room with her beautiful smile. Praying for peace & comfort for all of you.


  46. Hope was such a beautiful girl. Our hearts were saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  47. Debbie VanHouten Beachler

    Mr. & Mrs. Sabatinni & Family, I express my deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  48. Corey and Lynn Cortez

    We have known Hope and her precious family for several years through Bryant FUMC. She was a wonderful person and a great mother to her babies. She will be greatly missed by all. I pray for peace and comfort for your family during this time. So many special prayers for Bella and Bentley.

  49. Suzanne Bonifert

    Our hearts at Cook Children’s are heavy with the loss of our colleague and friend, Hope. We are in prayer for Hope’s family & friends during this time of loss & grief. “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:19-23

  50. I’m sorry for your loss, even though i did not know her personally-my prays are with her family. May god have her in his glory.

  51. Dan Oshman, MD

    I am stunned and saddened by the news of Hope’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her intermittently for the past several months at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. She was wonderful with the patients and brought a breath of Southern joy into the room whenever she was there. I wish for her family good memories and knowledge that she will be missed terribly by her friends here in Fort Worth.

  52. Stefanie Stinnett Rauf

    My family and I are sending our love and prayers to you and your family through this difficult time of need.

  53. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you in your time of sorrow. Praying that God will givve you comfort as only he can.

  54. Jaryn Bartlett

    I am still in shock over hearing the news of Hope’s passing. I am so grateful for having the brief few words with her in the elevator the day before she left this earth… who knew a simple hello and how are things going would be cherished a day later.
    Hope was a good for a smile and laugh. I worked with her briefly and radiology and feel blessed to have known such a true southern girl.
    She will be deeply missed by her CCMC family.

  55. Stephanie Booth Smith

    Sending prayers and love to your family. May The Lord wrap his loving arms around you and fill you with comfort, peace, and strength.

  56. Nina and family: My heart breaks for you and your sweet family at the loss of your sister. Praying and knowing God will sustain you. May you find comfort in His love and grace and that He has prepared a home for us in Heaven. Words are inadequate in expressing my sympathy, love and support of you and your family during this time. Hugs!!!!

  57. Chris and Amanda Stock

    Ronnie, Melva, Joe, Nina
    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Chris & Amanda Stock
    Micah Rogers
    Alex Rogers

  58. Donna Herrington

    My heart was broken when I heard of her passing. I did not know Hope personally but I do know how precious her family is. I have been so blessed to able to work with Renae and through Holy Rosary School have met Joe and his mother and father. Such sweet people. My prayer is for peace and comfort to be with each one of you.

  59. Shannon Minton Snowden

    Mr. Ronnie and Mrs.Melva and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Hope. I will be praying for all of you for strength and comfort in this difficult time.

  60. Ronnie and Kathy Simmons

    We can’t imagine what your family is going through during this time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord give you strength and comfort.

  61. Wil & Elaine Bilbruck

    Ronnie,Melva and FAMILY; I am an Uncle to your Daughter, HOPE. So sorry to hear about the loss of our Niece. We loved her communication with us about her family and her as a Niece. God Bless Wil & Eaine Bilbruck

  62. Hope was so wonderful with one of my challenging feeding patient (baby) at Cook Children. She showed such enduring patience with the parents and love for people. We shall miss her here. May the Lord give you His peace and comfort.

  63. Sonny and Tina Thompson

    Words cannot express how saddened we are for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  64. Ronnie, Melva, Nina,and JOE, it seems like only yesterday Hope, Jami, Ashley, and Melody were cheering , getting ready to be in homecoming and just hanging out. The mention of Hope will always put a smile on my face. She was so truly loved and admired by so many. I pray that GOD will put HIS loving arms around yiu and comfort you like only HE can. I pray for you in the many days ahead. I pray you find comfort in knowing that she is only gone from our arms, but not our loving hearts. It is GOD’s promise as HIS children that we will see her again and what a great reunion that will be. Love you and always praying for you.

  65. Ronnie and Melva,

    I just heard from mom today of the loss of your beautiful daughter. I am so deeply sorry and pray only for your strength to shoulder this tremendous weight. With love,

  66. Earl & Kathy Ashley

    We are so saddened by the news of your precious daughter. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  67. Dawn Beeler (Pich) Teer

    Ronnie and Melva and family – I am so very sorry to hear of Hope’s death. As a writer, words normally come right out, but not here. I am at a total loss for words. There are no words that can even ease the pain you must feel, but I will pray and ask God to minister to you, and strengthen you . I remember Hope as a toddler, and I see that spirit she had. even then. shining through.

  68. Ronnie, Melva, Joe and Nina,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Hope was very special. Mom called me yesterday and told me, calling her Hopie as we always did. She had stopped by Mom and Dad’s in Bryant one day to visit a few years ago, and it was so good seeing her. She clearly touched many lives. I know this is a really painful time for all of you. I wish there was more I could do, but I know you’re all very strong and have friends and family who will support you close by. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  69. Shirrel and Shirley Copeland

    Ronne, Melva and family-
    I was so sorry to hear about Hope–such a precious girl and loved by all that knew her. I can’t imagine how you are handling this but I know that God will give all of you the strength to make it . Please accept this as a Hug for all the family and my heart is very heavy with saddness for you all.

  70. Jami Sims Branch

    To the Sabbatini/Bilbruck Family,

    Oh how I loved this girl!! So many great memories, and some I’d rather forget! LOL. Hope’s service was perfect. On the way to the cemetery, some of us were talking about how many cars were in the processional. I’ve never seen a processional that long. She was loved by so many. Some of us from the Class of ’95 gathered together after the Rosary and talked, laughed, and cried about our time with our dear friend. I know she was watching and listening.

    I know her children, Bella and Bentley will make their mother proud. I hope they know what a loving, caring, honest person their mother was. They will be in my prayers everyday.

    I remember when Hope drove that white Jimmy. Good grief, we put some miles on that vehicle. We would drive to Carlisle at least 3 times a day waiting on the football players to get out of 2 a days. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

    Mrs. Melva, Mr. Ronnie, Nina and Joe, please know I will be praying for you everyday. Miss her already.

    Jami Sims Branch

  71. Kerrie (Liles) Carlock

    My heart and thoughts are with the entire family. Sending love and light to all of you. I am so sorry.

  72. Lawrence and Sue Tubbs Pambianchi

    Ronnie and Melva,

    Lawrence and I are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and bring you peace and comfort.

  73. Mr. Ronnie I live in Benton now I would occasionally run in to Hope at Walmart I’m sorry for your loss she was always a sweet and smart girl very few people are burdened with the pain of burying one of their children My family has experienced it to many times I know your pain and will keep you in my prayers you are one of the people I always looked up to and respected a true Hornet

  74. What a special person your Hope was to so many. She loved, loved, loved her whole family and also knew she was loved back. She was obviously cherished by her parents and related stories which reflected that she knew she was beyond special to you both. Her death has saddened our whole department at ACH and we have also lost a family member. It will be a happy memory though to remember her way of looking directly without blinders at complex cases, connecting with the babies and families, seeing solutions quickly and getting everyone on board with a plan by being honest and direct – and to do that with a sometimes sassy line or two, upward glance and funny (and cute as can be) face to drive home her point. Parents could relate to Hope and she related to them. She will always live on in our hearts. Karen, ACH Speech Pathology friend

  75. “Cuz” and Melva and family, I guess I’m living under a rock because I just heard today of the saddened news. Everyone has already expressed many of the same feelings I have. Please know that had I known earlier, I too would have been one of the overflow at the church to give my prayers and love to the family. May God hold you in the palm of His hands during this tough time. “Maggie”

  76. Margaret McLellan

    We knew Hope when she was dating Tim and attended UUCLR in Little Rock. It is difficult to believe that such a bright light has left this world so early. We grieve with you and with all the others who loved her. We wish you all our blessings. And will say extra prayers for the children.

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