Memorial service set for girl who died in sand collapse

SANDY, Ore. - A memorial service for the girl who died after sand collapsed on her while she was helping to dig a hole at the beach in Lincoln City last week will be held Wednesday.

Isabel Grace Franks was found to be unconscious and not breathing after rescue teams pulled her out of the hole she dug in the sand last Friday evening. Efforts to save her were unsuccessful. Witnesses told KATU Isabel was helping to dig the hole along with her siblings and other friends on the beach.

The memorial service will be at the Abundant Life Church, Sandy Campus, 16633 Champion Way in Sandy. It will begin at 5 p.m. The church said seating will be limited and priority will be given to family and close friends.

Isabel's family released the following statement Tuesday through the church:

The Franks family is grateful to everyone for the outpouring of love and support, especially the caring people, first responders and medical personnel who surrounded us on the beach and at the hospital. You were evidence that God was present with us every step of the way.

Isabel Grace was a creative, smart, adventurous, beautiful girl who bounced, pranced and danced through life. Although tragically cut short, she lived an abundant life. She loved the ocean and many of her happiest moments were there. She spent her final hours playing, singing and enjoying life in her favorite place. We know on that beach Jesus met her and together they skipped from her earthly home to her eternal one. As a family we are comforted to know that someday we will dance with her again in heaven.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family: