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A Tribute To Ronalda Pierce


In Memory of Ronalda Pierce
February 23, 1985 – June 8, 2004


June 11, 2004 – Responses
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A Tribute To Ronalda Pierce
Ronalda Pierce

Charms – Tallahassee, FL

To every grieving survivor,
Though I never spoke with Ronalda, I saw her constatnly. I remember her as a quiet girl. I noticed very early that she was a hard worker. She immediately stood out from all the other athletes I see so regularly. I can’t tell you about her post play or even how her voice sounded, but I remembr her presence. So much so, that when I heard the news I knew that it was her and was immediately saddened.

As someone who has experienced death so much and so often, my heart goes out to you. Everyone’s fussing over you and telling you a milliion things a minute. I don’t want to do that. I know that each hardship is unique. I would never dare to say I know what you’re going through. However, I would like to encourage to take the support that’s offered and take care of yourself. Many times we’re so busy being strong that we don’t take care of ourselves like we should.

May God grant you the strength to hold on as the pain becomes more manageable and bearable. While the pain will never go away, I do know that you can have peace again. I pray that you let God work in you and through you; you’ll experience Him like never before and that will be so fufilling.

God Bless,

Steve, Lori, Michael,Liz, Jen and Stephen Fredrickson
Coach Sue, family of Ronalda and her teammates,
We are thinking of you and our prayers are with you all.

Victoria Roby – Hazlehurst, GA
To the Pierce family I’m truly sorry of the loss of Ronalda Pierce. Even though I didn’t know her, I know she was a nice young girl. Ronalda played my team two years ago in 2003 in Albany (Jeff Davis High) and beat us in triple-overtime. She almost scored 50 points on us. To play aganist her was a fun for me. I’ll be praying for the Pierce family everyday. Be strong and God Bless.

The Staff of the University Center Club
The staff of the University Center Club sends our thoughts and prayers to the Ronalda Pierce family and to our good friends, the Lady Seminoles during this tragic time.

Christina Jump – Ashburn Ga.
I watched Ronalda grow up in our community. She was my nephew’s friend and a wonderful young woman. I first meet Ronalda the first year I taught school, she was in the third grade. She brought Turner County together in a tremendous way through her basketball. Everyone rallied behind her and cheered her on to tremendous success.

Her loss is felt through out our community. We will pray for her family and friends that God brings comfort that only he can provide.

Christina Jump


To the family of Ronalda Pierce and her FSU family,
I can’t begin to know the sorrow and grief you’re feeling. Just know, that God is in control, and will grant you the comfort that only He can give. My heart is heavy for you all. I’ll miss the service, but you will ALL be in my thoughts and prayers.

Prayers given,
Sherrie Cartee
Hoop Troop Board Member

I just can’t believe what has happened to a wonderful young lady. I have watched her play for a while and she was a good lady. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family and friends. I had a chance to play with her, when I came to apply for the school, but didn’t go. May God continue to bless her and her family. You have my thoughts and prayers with you always.

Stuart, FL
After attending FSU it was very evident of the strong Christian influence that is evident in the women’s basketball program. I pray that during this time of loss, that influence will be a something that you can lean on.

Pat & Debbie Caton – Ashburn, GA
You are in our prayers. Ronalda was such a sweet young lady and will be greatly missed. We enjoyed watching her play ball with our daughter, Nicole.

Ryan (Tallahassee, FL)
Ronalda was one of the most kind and humble people I have had the experience of being around. May God grant the Pierce family peace in this time, as well as all of Ronalda’s teamates who are strugling with this loss.

Bob Carpentieri – Gainesville, FL
All of us in the Seminole family are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. As the parents of a daughter at FSU, we can only begin to imagine the grief you feel.

Randy Breedlove – Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Pierce Family:
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your precious child, Ronalda. I’m an FSU alumnus. I didn’t know Ronalda, but my prayers are with you all as you walk through this difficult time. Remember these words that Jesus gave to his disciples when they were troubled:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) Jesus will meet you at the point of your need today – seek Him for comfort and strength and he’ll supply His peace during your sorrow. Again, I will prayer for you and may God strengthen and comfort you in the days ahead.

With God’s love,
Randy Breedlove
Montgomery, Alabama

Jeff Bacigalupi Osceola Co. Corrections Fl.
The FSU fans and Alumni here at the Osceola Co. Corrections Dept. send our deepest sympathies. Past or present, we all mourn in the loss of a ‘Nole.

Jay Moore (Cleveland, OH)
My heart goes out to Ronalda’s family, friends, teammates, coaches, and all of those who are touched by her loss. I worked for Coach Sue a few years back, and I must say there may not be a better person in all of college basketball than Sue. I am sure that Ronalda was fortunate to have spent some time with her and the FSU athletic department family, as I am sure they must be thankful to have gotten to know her for some time as well.

May you all find strength in the love and support from those close to you in this very difficult time.

Ulysees & Tira – Gainesville, FL
Our family would like to send our deepest condolences. To the family always remember that GOD is there for you to Lay your burden in his hands, for he is strong. You can rest your head on his shoulders, for he is compassionate. Give to him your pain and sorrow for he is love. Our family is praying that his love will comfort your sorrowing heart.

May God Bless You!
Ulysees, Qwameshia, Deasja and Tira Johnson

Lisa Warman – Orlando, Florida
My thoughts and prayers are with both the Pierce family and Ronalda’s coaches and teammates. Bishop Moore Catholic High School will say a special intention on Ronalda’s behalf. God bless you all in your time of loss and grief.

Chris Speck – Panama City Beach, Florida
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the FSU women’s basketball team.

Laura Bedard – Prague, Czech Republic
I heard about our terrible loss while teaching in the Czech Republic. My children and I are HUGE women’s basketball fans attending all the home games. We loved watching Ronalda play. She was a talented woman. She will surely be missed.

Virginia – Gainesville, FL
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I will pray that the Lord would give you peace during this time.

Carrie L. Edwards – Tallahassee, Florida
From my family to yours. We send our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Ronalda’s entire family. Our prayers are with you during this trying time.

Michael Pray – Rochester, New York
As an alumnus of FSU (class of ’80) I pay special attention to the activity surrounding Florida State, including the athletic teams. I was shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Ronalda Pierce. I never had the pleasure of knowing her, but I want her friends and family to know she and they are in the thoughts and prayers of many.

As the father of a nineteen-year-old daughter, Ronalda’s untimely passing reminded me how fragile life is and how much we should cherish our time with loved ones, because one never knows what the future holds. I am confident Ronalda is in a better place now and we are left to carry on without her. God bless Ronalda Pierce, her family and all whose lives she touched.

Dana Conte (Hoops & Dreams) High Point, NC
From the staff of Hoops & Dreams we send our thoughts and prayers to the Pierce family as well as to the Lady Seminole family. May God’s strength provide for you all.

Dana Conte, Kenny Carter, & Terry Haire

Errol Boswell (Tallahassee, Florida)
I would like to give to the friends and family my heart, because at a time like this it’s hard to let go of your emotions. I want everybody to keep thier heads up and remember that Ronalda is watching over all of you.

Carolyn Bush-Gretna, FL
May God grant you strength and much comfort. Remember when you cry God cries with you. He can’t wipe your tears unless you let Him. Prayers of strength to go through.

Brett (Acworth, Ga)
My heart goes out to you and your family. This was terrible news and I am certain she will be missed by all she touched. God Bless.

Brett A. Strauch

Nicole Burgess – Ashburn, Ga.
I love And miss you number 55!

Larry Davis, Jr. (Crawfordville FL)(Cordele GA)
My prayers go out to the family. I didn’t really talk to Ronalda while I worked the gate for the FSU games, but if she was anything like her family she was a great person. I will pray for you everytime that I go through Ashburn on my way to Cordele. Let God be with you.

Larry Davis

Ronnell – Crawfordville, Fla
May God Bless you All in your time of need
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so. I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1,2

Rachel Bolden – Ashburn , GA
I remember when I was younger, I would always see Ronalda walking down the road as a small girl dribbling a basketball and later driving by the park seeing her play with a group of guys. My 11-year-old son played ball with her at the old gym and whenever my husband and I would see her we would tell our son and he would always ask, did you get her autograph? She was his idol even though he didn’t get to see her often since she moved to FSU. We went to just about every game just to see her play. The last time I saw her was at a friend’s wedding reception April 17th, and she was as friendly and humble then as she was when she was ten years old. Not just Ashburn, but the whole world will miss a beautiful and talented young girl.

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