The young woman with a room-brightening smile who received a lung transplant last spring has died.
Brianne "Bree" Michelle Plines, a Lodi native, passed away in a south Sacramento hospital on July 11. Alongside her were family members and her beloved dachshund, Bella.
It was the same hospital bed where the Lodi resident had celebrated her 25th birthday less than two weeks earlier. She will be laid to rest at Cherokee Memorial Park on Friday.
In May 2011, after complications from cystic fibrosis, Plines received a double-lung transplant at University of California, San Francisco. But she contracted pneumonia in March of this year, and after being sent back to UCSF by ambulance, she was transferred in June to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento to continue her recovery.
Despite her health challenges and ultimate lung rejection, family said her daughter remained humorous, upbeat and positive.
"The doctors were hoping for the best, for her lungs to make a full recovery. But that never happened. It just got quite bad and quite quickly," Plines' mother Michelle Golladay said.
Plines was born with cystic fibrosis, a debilitating and sometimes fatal genetic disease of the body's mucus glands that often causes severe respiratory and digestive disorders. Throughout her lifetime, she was in and out of hospitals and required to undergo breathing treatments.
Her health began to deteriorate just after she graduated from college in 2008, and frequent visits to the hospital became routine, according to family.
Plines was in and out of the hospital every six months for shortness of breath, and was eventually put on oxygen just so she could stand up and walk. But after the transplant, she seemed to be doing well and was able to live a relatively normal life, Golladay said.
Plines attended Lodi SDA Elementary School and graduated in 2005 from Lodi Academy, although she went to Lodi High School for a short time, according to Dorene Hackett, registrar at Lodi Academy, who remembers Plines being forced to miss school a few days each school year for doctor's appointments.
"Upon returning to school, she always made it a priority to meet with her teachers and make up her assignments," Hackett said. "Brianne never complained. She always had a smile on her face, and was courteous, respectful and patient toward others."
Plines went on to attend Heald College and completed her bachelor's degree at DeVry University.
While in college, she worked for Wine & Roses, The Vintage and Pietro's. Most recently she began a career with Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. It was there that Plines was able to follow her dream and become a marketing director, Golladay said previously.
Brittany Akins worked with Plines at Vienna for about two months.
"We worked pretty closely together while she was here," she said, fighting back tears. "Bree was an amazing woman. She was so strong, so determined and so passionate about her work."
Plines' family said she had a great love for animals and was passionate about saving them. Her faithful companions, Annie and Bella, were both adopted from the Lodi Animal Shelter.
She also enjoyed shopping and wine tasting, according to Akins.
Sharon Linn, Plines' aunt, said she was a fighter.
"She fought until the end. It's just one of those unfortunate sad things," she said.
Hackett said Plines has been remembered regularly in Lodi Academy's daily worship and prayer held before greeting students.
"Brianne has been in our thoughts and prayers many times over the years," she said. "We are very saddened by her loss, and continue to pray for her family and friends."
Plines is survived by her mother and stepfather, Michelle and Ernest Golladay, of Lodi; father, Brian Plines, of Lodi; brothers, Brandon Plines, of Lodi, and Scott Plines, of San Diego; stepbrother, Michael Golladay, of Lodi; stepsister, Amy Golladay, of Lodi; and grandfather, Marshall Johnson, of Lodi.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1260 W. Century Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor Plines' love of animals, the family has asked donations be made to Lodi Animal Shelter, 1345 W. Kettleman Lane, Lodi, CA 95242.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.