Decatur Woman, 32, Dies of Bacterial Infection

After a months-long battle, Hannah Rinehart died this morning at 4:15.

, a Decatur resident who battled cancer and a rare bacterial infection, died Wednesday at 4:15 a.m.

"She is celebrating," her husband Mark Rhinehart wrote on a Facebook page in her honor, "and I am thankful for God allowing me to have the privilege of being her husband while she was here on this Earth. Family was present, and when Hannah was ready to go, she left quickly."

Hannah, 32, was a patient care technician in DeKalb County. She and Mark lived in Decatur. 

the last weekend of June which resulted in blood poisoning. Complications led to the amputations of both hands and feet, but the biggest challenge was fluid in her lungs. Yesterday, doctors told the family that she was very, very tired.

"Thank you for loving her," wrote David Johnson, Hannah's brother, on Facebook. "She knows perfectly now what she always believed in faith. Jesus is the One and Only True and Living God."

Her father, Doug Johnson, expressed thanks for the prayers of old and new friends worldwide. 

"Many of you knew Hannah well," he wrote on Facebook, "and some of you only by the posts we have tried to put up to keep folks informed. Regardless…Thank You. 

"We will grieve. But we have been doing that for over nine weeks... She loved people and she loved living. I will always be grateful that the Lord brought Mark Rinehart into her life. They were so complete. She adored her nieces and nephews. She loved her brothers and sister-in-laws. She loved and was grateful for her Mom who was always there for her. 

"I will miss Hannah terribly. You are not supposed to follow your children into eternity. We find solace in the knowledge that today she has new hands and new feet." 

Donations are still being accepted through Operation Appreciation

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Ms. September 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Beating cancer twice is huge. Was very sad to read this news. Condolences to her family and all who loved her.
ten September 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I was following this too. No one should have to endure what this lady had to. Makes our everyday problems look small. She didn't lose her fight she won the gold medal !! Rock on Hannah !!
Laura Long September 07, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Mark, Although I am not at South this year, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you daily. We were saddened to hear the news. Sorry we did not get to meet this beautiful and brave woman.
michael douglas September 07, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Mark this is Douglas, we serve together in the armed forces and I cherish the time when we were side by side encouraging each other. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Johnson family. You are the best and my prayers will be for and with you constantly. God Bless Ens. Douglas USNR
john penn September 08, 2012 at 11:15 AM
God bless you and your family.


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