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A Tribute To Ronalda Pierce


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


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A Tribute To Ronalda Pierce
Ronalda Pierce

Valerie Carithers-Parker
To the entire FSU womens basketball family:
It gave our entire family so much comfort to have you all there with us to share our loss of a wonderful young lady. Again we thank you for loving her and caring for her during her stay at FSU. And as I said to you all, we will be coming to make sure you got your game right. Ronalda wouldn’t have it any other way. I Love You all and may God watch over you.

Love, Hugs,& Kisses,
Nada’s cousin, the hair stylist

Ashburn, Ga
I thank God for letting us have Ronalda for 19 years (It’s hard to believe she’s gone) and Florida State for making Ronalda’s dream a reality.

It was our Plan she go all the way to the WNBA, however today she is a player on the HEAVENLY TEAM. Continue to pray for her entire family and God bless everyone she touched in her lifetime and in her death.

Auntee Stoodie

Laticia Harvey – Camilla, Ga
Ronalda was a very special friend to me; we played high school basketball against one another, also we were AAU basketball teammates. Ronalda was a funny and nice person to be around. She has traveled to Camilla to stay with me and my cousin Vieneisha Mitchell I must say we really enjoyed her company. We also traveled to stay with her and Ms. Smith. We went to her first game she played as a senior. We will always love and miss her deeply.

Ron, Stacy, Brendan West
Dear Pierce family,
Words cannot express how deeply saddened our family was by Ronalda’s death. I hope you can find some comfort in all the notes that have been posted. Our family are fans of women’s basketball and prayer warriors for the players and staff. Know that your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers. I will always cherish the attention that Ronalda gave our two-year-old son, Brendan. After practices were over, she would hold him high so that he could “Make two points”. We will miss her.

May you feel God’s Peace,
The West family

Jessica Guy – Ashburn, GA
I really didn’t know Ronalda that well, but what I did know of her she seemed like a great person and I am so sure she was. She had so much going for her. I just knew one day that we would she her on TV, doing Nike ads or somthing like that. She was very talented at what she did and she really put her heart into it. She will always be missed.

Curtis – Durham, N.C.
A tragedy. She will be missed. She is in our thoughts and prayers.

Lauren (Orlando, Fl.)
I am very sorry to hear about your teams tragic loss. My prayers are with all of you and the Pierce family. Hopefully you girls can get through the hardship and become a stronger and closer family (if that is possible) and pull through it together. Everyone’s prayers are with ALL of you and the Pierce family as this terrible incident has taken place.


Brad – Cardiff, Ca.
For the past week I have been posting all of these touching, thoughtful and heartfelt memories from people all over the world. I never was given an opportunity to meet Ronalda, but in working with Florida State’s Sports Information Department, as well as reading all of the truly kind words that have been submitted, it saddens me to know how greatly she will be missed.

Two years ago I lost one of my closest friends at a very young age and all I can offer, is to keep Ronalda in your thoughts and prayers and continue to think of her as you see and/or hear things that remind you of her. The more that you can remember the good times you had, the smiles you shared and the laughs you enjoyed, the easier each passing day becomes.

I can only hope that these words, coupled with those of the numerous others, help to heal the wounds of her passing. Please recognize all of the lives that Ronalda touched, both directly and indirectly, and know that it was her upbringing and her character that made her the wonderful gift she obviously was to the many that came in contact with her.

Please know that the Pierce family and friends as well as Ronalda’s extended family at Florida State University will continue to be in the thoughts and prayers of many. Also, know that her memory will continue to live on in all of the hearts and minds that were fortunate enough to come in contact with such a wonderful person.

Linda & Ed (Tallahassee, FL)
We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow. May God bless.

Tallahassee, Florida
I pray that God provide Mr. and Mrs. Pierce with comfort and peace. I can only imagine the feelings associated with the loss of your precious daughter, however, I do know that in God’s word the Bible it states “I will never leave you or forsake you.” God can and will comfort you. Family and friends rest assured that God cares.

Iris Carter – University of Miami women’s basketball player – Class of 1986

John Sims – Washington, D.C.
May God be with her family and friends during this tragic and sudden loss.

Whitney – Mobile, Alabama
God doesn’t hand you things that you can’t handle. Keep your heads up. Things will work out for the best. Never forget her.

Brandon Killings – Marianna, FL
My heart goes out to the family, friends, classmates, and the basketball team beacuse I know it is not easy to lose a loved one. I want you all to know that you don’t have to worry about Ronalda beacuse she is in a better place where there will be no more crying, no more weeping, no more pain, and no more sorrow. When I heard of the shocking news I couldn’t believe it because I am only 19-years-old too, but you never know when your time will be that is why we must be ready. I know that I don’t know you all and you all don’t know me, but I want you to know that everything will be alright and God will wipe every tear from your eyes and he will mend your broken hearts. I also want you to know that God loves you and so do I. Just remember that everything that the devil meant for bad, God is going to turn it around for your good. Finally, I want you all to know that I am praying for you all. May God Bless You and may he keep hearing our prayer.

Danny Root – Tallahassee, Florida
For the past week I have heard about Ronalda passing away. I will miss watching her play basketball at Florida State. My prayers are with her and her family.

Crystal Turner (West Columbia,SC)
I am sorry sorry to Ronalda’s passing. She will be missed at FSU, but even more by her friends & family. My thoughts & prayers go out to all her family & friends during this very difficult time.

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