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Name: Ciara Marie May
Date of Birth: 04/15/1999
Passing Date: 12/09/2004
Home Town: Athens
State: AL
Location of Crash: Limestone County, Highway 72
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Our sweet Ciara. She was the apple of our eyes, a handful to say the least, and the most active and imaginative child you would ever meet. One day she would be a dog, or maybe a cat. She would tire you, watching her, and you could see the wheels in her little head spinning non-stop. But at the end of the day, when she looked up at you with those big, blue eyes, all you saw was the sweet angel that she was. Her little life was cut so short, but in the five years she was with us, it was truly an honor, an experience and a blessing.

Both Ciara and her mother were inseparable here on earth, and on that cold and rainy December morning, they went to heaven together.

She was my little walking buddy, and I miss those "clue walks," as she called them. She would say to me, "Gan-ma, something looks suspicious about that rock." My last memory of Ciara that is too funny is when she came to stay with me on her fall break that October. Her mother showed up a day early, and Nicole bent down and smelled her hair, and she said, "Ciara, has your grandmother not washed your hair?" And she looked at Nicole, so serious, and said, "Mom, I am on vacation, and when you're on vacation, you don't have to do anything." I hold tight to all my memories, and I thank God for the time I had with both my granddaughter and Nicole and for Nicole being the picture and video guru she was.

Ciara was her Aunt Sherry's little Hunny Bunny, Sponge Bob and Scooby Doo's best friend, her Aunt Robbie's fishing buddy, and a dear friend to Aunt Robbie's time-out chair in her living room, her Aunt Debbie's little crawl-in-bed buddy to watch cartoons on a Saturday morning. And it didn't matter if she was sleeping, because Ciara would just pry her eyes open and say, "Watch, Aunt Debbie, this is so funny." She was her Uncle Ryan's angel, pure and simple; she did no wrong. He had put her through what he called "baby boot camp." He said no one would ever be mean to her and take her cookies.

But to me, her Gan-ma, well, she was my world, and words cannot express how I miss my big girl. And each time I see her sweet face, I can hear her saying to me, "It's OK, Gan-ma."

I can hear them both in heaven, my daugher saying to her Ciara Marie, "What are you doing?" And Ciara will say, "Nupin, Mama!"

We all love you, Sweetie.

Gan-ma, Uncle Ryan, Uncle Chabo, Aunt Robbie, Aunt Sherry, Aunt Debbie and Aunt April
John E. Richardson
Colonel
John E. Richardson

Jack  Clark
Lieutenant Colonel
Jack Clark


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