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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

Linda C. Pierce (mother) – Ashburn,GA
Ronalda was a gift from God to me as well as you all. She was with us for 19 years but left a legitimate and distinct mark in the earth by the many accomplishments she made in her short life.

We have so many memories to cherish along with all of your remeberances of her and how she touched each of you along the way in her life and in her death.

Your prayers, visits, thoughts, words of comfort, and rememberances of Ronalda have helped my family and I during this tragic loss tremendously.

Thank you Florida State for making Ronalda’s dream become a reality, and for being here for us.

I thank God for the internet, because this technology has served a purpose for my family and me during this tragic time in our life.

Thanks to everyone who’s lives my child touched, and may God be with you. Continue to pray for us. Earth has no sorrow Heaven cannot heal. The Lord, gave and the Lord hath taken away! Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Linda C. Pierce

Shunda and Andre (siblings) – Ashburn, GA
Wow!!! So many people have just made my heart burst with tears. It makes me and my little brother think that our sister was really blessed by a lot of people who cared for her. She has made our lives a little bit easier than it was before.

There are times when you are going to have to go and thank the Lord up above he chose the right one. Ive heard this so many times that it just hurts to my heart that it was her turn to go. God said that you are never to young or old to die and my God she was young. I am really glad that I spent 19 years with her.


I am happy that my sister is with Jesus. She was very good at basketball. I can’t wait to see her again in heaven.

I love you Nalda.

Roshunda Pierce (Sister) – Ashburn, GA
Hello! This is Shunda Baby speaking to everyone who sent in a responde to my sister’s death. I really just wanted to say that I am so happy to see that my sister touched so many lives while she was here. She has made a lot of people make their dreams come true in what ever they do.

I am really hurt to see my sister go, but she is in a better place with our Lord Jesus Christ. He has made all of her dreams and wishes come true.

I can remember when me and her went on a family vacation at Walt Disney World and we had on our Mickey Mouse hats and our shades on. We thought that we were really something (We looked good too!!!) Then we went to McDonalds and got on the slide. I was scared until I went down the slide with her. She made it fun for me that I could just go down by myself.

Even though we had fights and agrued a lot, we still loved each other and looked after one another. Sometimes I would just think of us being good and better sisters then we were before. I wanted us to be really close together like we used to be when we were little.

Now that I am the older sister, I have a lot of responsibilities to take care of and also I have to take the role of being a big sister to our little brother, DeAndre. He really looked up to Nalda because he wanted to play basketball just like her. I can’t be her, but I can try to. I want to be a pro singer and just watching my sister’s dreams come true, makes me think that I can do the same and sing on television.

So I just really want to end this off with a lot of thank yous and love to the ones who have cared for her, watched her play, and have also been there when she needed them. One more thing! Thank you coach Sue and staff for making her dreams come true. Thank you a lot.

Love you all for everything,
Roshunda Denise Pierce “Shunda Baby”

Styvenson Coriolan (Boynton Beach, FL)
I’m sorry to see someone special leave. I wish the best for her friends. Be strong.

Lenora & Steven Edge – Omaha, NE (a long-time friend)
Steven and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of our friend and neighbor, Nada.

No words can express the pain of losing a child. Especially such a talented and spirited young lady. I remember her as a young child so shy and meek. Each year I came to visit, she seemed to grow a few inches in height and confidence. By the time she had completed high school, Nada had grown into a aspiring young athelete who blossomed in personality and spirit. She took pride in her accomplishments but always challenged herself to improve, setting higher goals of achievement. She was very much like her mom, Linda. I was very proud of her and her accomplishments as I followed her FSU Basketball career from Omaha.

We will miss her dearly and she will live in our hearts forever. May God be with you in this time of sadness and give you and your family the strength to get through each day. God Loves You and We Love You.

Keeping you in our Prayers Always,
Lenora & Steven

Jon Burford (Mooresville, North Carolina)
I am really sorry that Ronalda was taken away from you the parents and you the University. It is hard to loose someone that you love really dearly. I send my love and prayers to the University and to the parents.

May God bless you richly through this horrible ordeal.

Trina (Panama City, Fl)
My heartfelt prayers go to the Pierce Family and to Ronalda’s friends and teammates. Although I did not know her personally, the loss of a member of the Florida State family is painful. The loss of such a young promising life is even more painful. It’s hard for us to understand, but we still must pray for God’s grace and mercy and give all glory to Him. He called her home for a greater purpose.

Courtney Baker – Florida
Ronalda Pierce was one of the best basketball players that played for FSU. I went to most of the home games and I wished that I could play as good as her. She was only a freshman, so I knew she would have grown into a better ball player and a good teammate. I pray that God has her watching over all of the basketball players today and I know when I go to the home games, she will be there, playing basketball in my heart.

Debbie McCollum – Orlando, Fl
Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends! No one should leave this planet so young. May we hold your ideals and memories in our hearts!





Minister Travis S. Grace/United New Jerusalem Church (Dothan,Alabama)
Every time God calls someone home, we must remember that every thing happens for a reason. Through it all God is still in control. I’m a very big FSU fan and I came across this article on Florida State’s web site. Be encouraged and know she has gone to a better place.

Dale – Tallahassee, Florida
She was a very good basketball player. Nothing can take that away. It is very very sad. People should recognize that Ronalda was not just a great basketball player, but a very nice and considerate human being as well. She will be dearly missed, not by just ‘Nole fans, but her friends and family.

I am very sorry for your loss and wish all good thoughts be with the Pierce Faimly.

SSG Wilford Coleman Jr. – Ft. Campbell, Ky.
At this time of our loss may we all remember Ronalda and as we continue on in this life doing whatever it is that we do giving our all even more, now that we know that life can be short. We must make our impression on life now because Ronalda has made a everlasting impression.

Yolanda John (Hillsboro, OR, but always Ashburn, GA)
Linda and family, my prayers are with you. Nalda never knew, but I was her west coast advocate. Keep strong, God will see you through.

Joe Reilly, 89 Alumni, Chicago, IL
God Bless you and your family.

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Ulysses & Rhonda Campbell (Orlando, FL)
Our prayers and thoughts have been with the family since we heard the news of Ronalda’s death while in Texas. Family and friends, may the memories you are blessed to have of Ronalda bring a smile to your face. Hopefully, her death teaches us to live each day as if it is our last day on earth. May God truly bless each one of you with an abundant life in him.

Janice Souder – Atlanta, Ga
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Pierce Family from Atlanta. My daughter is a high school junior and basketball player and she was very saddened to hear of Ronalda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Trust in the LORD!!
Janice Souder

Quiana Holsey – Gainesville, Florida
May God be with Ronalda Pierce’s family. My prayers are with you!

Nashville, TN
My thoughts and prayers go out to Miss Pierce’s friends, family, and teammates. Please know that the Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball team is praying for you.

Jackson, Mississippi
May God be with the Pierce family and Ronalda herself. I’m sure she is in a better place. I would like to offer thought for the Pierce Family, “There will always be better days.” GOD BLESS!!!

Darren Jackson – Austin, Texas
My thoughts and prayers are with Ronalda Pierce and her family. It’s tough to lose someone that you truly love as a family and at the Univ. of Texas we dealt with the loss of Cole Pittman. Hope that God will always be with you.

Keiya Mitchell – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
I send my prayers for the team and the Pierce family. Tto the family, keep smiling and keep God first. To the team, keep your head up.

Clarence Outland Jr – Atlanta (Stockbridge), GA
I can’t say I know what you’re feeling, felt, and are going through, BUT I do know time heals all wounds and the ‘GOOD MASTER’ makes no mistakes. I pray you find comfort in knowing this. I PRAY GOD BLESSES YOU ALL!!!!

Shantell Waiters (Miami, Fl)
I would like to send my prayers out to the Pierce family as well as the Florida State Basketball team and I am deeply sorry for the pain that you all are dealing with. I know that the Lord has put Ronalda in a better place. May the Lord be with you and bless you and give you the strength to deal with the pain you are feeling.

I can understand what you are going through as a team because I too am a part of a basketball team (University of North Carolina at Asheville) and when my teammates hurt I hurt, but everytime you step on the floor from now on play hard a give it all you got for Ronalda. I’m sure she’ll be watching.

God Bless you.

Monique Bassett – New Orleans, LA
I just felt that it would be right for me to send my condolences to the Pierce family and to the members of the FSU womens basketball team. From one ball player to another I send my deepest apologies to one and all. Keep your heads up and remember the good times, that’s how Ronalda would have wanted you to remember her I’m sure. To her teammates this should be a reminder to cherish all the opportunites you are given and go at everything 100%.

Shawn Murray
May God be with her while she’s in Heaven. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Lindsay (Tampa, Florida)
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength to get through this tragedy. Wishing you and yours the best at such a hard time.

Lindsay, student at FSU

Josh Marbett – Bellevue, Washington
I am truley sorry to hear about this tragic death. I know how it is to lose someone, and I know your pain. She was a remarkable basketball player and she did leave a mark on this world, and you just can not forget that. I wish you and your family the best.

Martel – Raleigh, N.C.
I would just like to send my thoughts and prayers out to her famliy and sorry they had to loss a loved one,

Randy McFadden – Denton, Maryland
I don’t know relly what to say, only to stay close to God in times like these. Just keep your strentgh in the lord and we can all get through this. Hold on to God’s unchanging hand.

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