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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

Mississippi State University Women’s Basketball
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Our entire bulldog family sympathizes with you and your loss.

Stephanie Siler – Director of Operations, Mississippi State University Women’s Basketball

Chris Brann
I want you all to know that I love you and that you are all in my prayers. Although I never knew Ronalda as well as you all did, I do know that her life was touched and she was blessed to have known each and every one of you. She is in a better place now and she is at peace. I love you and please don’t hesitate to call if you need anything or if you just need to talk.


Please accept our condolences for the tragic loss of a great athlete and a fine human being. In an all too short time, Ronalda made a valuable contribution to FSU Women’s Sports and showed true Seminole spirit and character. She will be missed.

May God comfort the Pierce family and the FSU community at this sad time.

Brandi Teamer
I have had the privilege of playing with Ronalda. I would like to express my symphathy to the family of Ronalda and the Florida State women’s basketball program.

Sincerely, Brandi Teamer (UVa WOMEN’S BASKETBALL)

Marcell D. Haywood – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Our prayers are with you all. We will all miss Ronalda for the great person that she was and just know that God will carry us through this time. God bless and hang in there!

Warmest Regards,
Marcell D. Haywood

Wright State Women’s Basketball
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pierce family and the Florida State Women’s basketball program, the Raider family mourns your loss. We know Ronalda is in a better place.

Sumter County, Florida
Just wanted to let the Perice family and the F.S.U. Women’s Basketball family know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kate & Laura Grace – Seminole, Florida
We’re very sorry about the tremendous loss that you’ve experienced. We really loved watching her play. We will keep her family as well as her team in prayer. God Bless.

Patrick Kinas (Raleigh, NC)
My deepest sympathies to the Pierce and Seminole family. It’s an unbelievably cruel tragedy to have Rolanda pulled from us so soon. He must have some special work planned for her.

My prayers are with all of you as you grieve this fantastic loss.

Patrick Kinas, Play-By-Play, NC State Wolfpack Women’s Basketball

Ashburn, Georiga

To the Pierce Family:

May it be a source of inner strength and comfort to know our Lord is always watching over you and that now and always, He’s by your side. We are too. “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalms 73:26

The Harris Family
Ken, Ann, Ki-Ki, Yo-Yo, & Teal

Barbara Scott – New Bern, N.C.
We send our prayers to the family and the team. This is a shock to everyone when something like this happens. She was so young with a bright future ahead. Although we are far from our Seminoles we keep up with them daily.

Brenda Nolen – Winter Park, Florida
I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of Ronalda Pierce. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to her family. Please know I will be praying for her family as they go through this difficult time.

Brenda Nolen – FSU Alumni 1980

Velma Wright ( Riviera Beach, FL)
My condolences goes out to the Pierce Family and the Florida State basketball team. Just remember to always think of the happy things that Ronalda did to make each and every one of you a part of her life and she will be with you forever.

Chenelle (Neptune, NJ)
Although I did not know Ronalda, hearing about this tradegy struck my heart. My prayers go out to the Pierce Family.

Rina Bradley – Tallahassee, Florida
I just would like to extend my deepest and dearest sympathy to the Pierce family and friends. I was blessed to have known Ronalda in a class we shared in Fall 2003 and although she was quiet and kept to herself, her smile never went unnoticed.

May God Bless and be With You Always Ronalda,

Rina Bradley

Cara Lucas (Albany, GA)
I played some AAU ball with Ronalda and she was always so sweet to me. She was a real team player. Every time I saw her, either around town or at a college ball game, she spoke to me. I wished her the best of luck going to college and kept up with her through the internet as I too was experiencing new things at this level of play. She was a great ball player and a great person.

The thoughts and prayers of my family and I are constantly with you for this terrible loss. I pray that God will send comfort during this truly sorrowful time. I am so sorry that this happened, but you will be in my prayers always.

Tyler Schmidt (Tallahassee,FL)
It saddens me deeply to see that Ronalda has passed away. I enjoyed watching her play basketball, as she was a great team player. She will be sorely missed. Much Love

Tyler Rutledge – Tallahassee, Florida
As a ballkid I was near Ronalda while she was on the bench. She always seemed to have a positive attitude and was probably the most energetic person when something exciting happened in the game. No one could ever take her place in the game because she always made a big impact.

W.L. Farmer – Sycamore Ga.
Our prayers are with you.

Weston Dulin (Tallahassee, FL)
I had the pleasure of meeting Ronalda once, and she was a great person to talk to. She will be missed greatly by everyone around her, on and off the court! May god bless the Pierce family to help them get through this awful tragedy. Rest In Peace Ronalda!!

George Cobb IV – Tifton, GA
Ronalda will be missed, the Tift vs Turner Co. games were always special with her being a part of it, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all of south Georgia, where she will be missed.

Nancy Whidden – Okeechobee, FL
My prayers go out to the Pierce family and the tragic loss of such a young life. My GOD help you through this difficult time!!

Kamaria S. & Kristy G. (Tallahassee/Miami, Fl)

We would like to send our sympathy to Ronalda’s family, friends, and teammates. I’m sure she will be greatly missed and was an inspiration for those following in her footsteps. She will continue to be in our prayers and may God Bless you all!!

Greg Johnson Houston, Tx
Having a 19-year old daughter in college, this really hits home. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg Johnson

Mike Hoffer – Houston, TX

The Pierce Family,

I can not begin to properly express my heartfelt condolences without thinking of my daughter, who attends FSU and plays on the softball team. We talked for awhile this afternoon and I became very emotional. I just can’t imagine it.

Ronalda’s time on earth may seem short to us, but her love will never be forgotten. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Eric Charles – Miami, Florida
My blessing goes to the family, friends, and teammates of Ronalda from the Carson Newman College Family of Jefferson City, Tn. May she rest in peace and be remembered gratefullly.

Sarah – Eagle Grove, IA
My thoughts and prayers are with her family. God Bless the Pierce Family! She will be remembered forever.

Charlie Porter – Waurika, Oklahoma
My condolences go out to FSU women’s basketball and the Pierce family. You have lost such a wonderful basketball player and what sounds like a great person. I myself am a girls basketball player and this is my senior year. She gives all of us senior girls strength in playing for a top school and that it can be done. She was hard working and I loved to watch her play. We Will Miss You Deeply!

Maurice Byron Capers – Toronto, Canada
I send my prayers and thoughts to the family of Ronalda Pierce. She will forever be apart of the family. Ronalda will always be a Garnet-N-Gold sister.

My deepest sympathy!!!
Byron Capers #23 fsu class of ’93

Byrd Thomas – Tucson , AZ
I did not know Ronalda Pierce, but my deepest sympathy go out to the friends and family of this young woman.

Dean – Tampa Fl
We will be praying for ya’ll during this time of great sorrow and grief.

James King – FSU P.E.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Pierce family as they cope with the loss. I did not know Ronalda personally, but she is part of the FSU family. I hate to see such a young person go before they could see the world. I know she’s in a better place and God has a plan for her. She will be missed by all that knew her and all of FSU students and alumni.

God bless

Crestview, Florida
I am very sorry for your loss and I pray that you find comfort in knowing that so many people thought so very highly of your daughter.

Kenosha Chastang – Columbus, OH
Although I did not know Ronalda, I can honestly say that being apart of a team definetly is a major part of a college athlete’s life. It is like a sisterhood, and my deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and all the memebers of the FSU family!

Philip Bennett – Jacksonville, FL
I would like to send my condolences to the family and my thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult situation. Seeing Ronalda play this year was wonderful, and I just want to let you know you’ve lost a wonderful daughter, athlete, and person. She will be missed, and I will continue to pray for your family.

With much regret,
Philip Bennett (FSU student)

Ashley Grant – Tallahassee, FL
I’m so sorry to learn of this tragedy. Although I did not get to know Ronalda very well in her season. I do remember her as one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was always nice to me whenever we talked. Jessica and I will remember her fondly, and our hearts go out to her family, friends, and the rest of the FSU Women’s Basketball Team.

Peter Saunders – Tallahassee, Florida
I just want to send my deepest condolences to the family of Ronalda Pierce. Florida State will definitely miss such a wonderful classmate and athlete. My prayers are with her family on this tragic day.

Atlanta, GA
To the family of this beautiful and talented young lady, I didn’t know Rolanda but my prayers are with you. She’s in a better place smiling down on all of us. God bless.

Rick and Erin Ballou – Chicago
Our prayers are with the Pierce family

Eatonton, Georgia
I’m sorry for the passing of Ronalda Pierce. She will be missed. She played as a true freshmen for the Seminoles. I’m sure she was just a great person and student. I’m deeply sorry for the Pierce family. My prayers and thoughts are for you.

Eddie (Senoia, Ga)
Prayers to the family and friends of Ronalda. She will greatly missed

Beverly & Bob Yerg – Tallahassee, Florida

To the Family of Ronalda, and to the FSU Family:

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Words are inadequate in times such as these, but know that you are not alone.

Blakely, Georgia
I will be praying for everyone in the Pierce family.

Jeff – Orlando
I will be praying for the family.

Patrick – Denver, Co.
I saw the story on CNN. I am sorry for your loss. May the Lord rest her soul in peace. You’re in our prayers.

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