|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1967|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 1986|
Shelly Sue Pierce was born on Feb.25, l967. She was the sweetest and prettiest little baby that I have ever seen. I spent hours just looking at her and counting her fingers and toes. When I left the hospital and brought Shelly home, it was easy to see she was the apple of her Daddy's eye. Since I was a only child and had never been around babies before I had to learn from Mom I had to learn how to boil bottles and mix formula, which was made with Karo syrup back then. I had to learn alot and even though it was hard, I was determined to be a good Mother. Shelly was a good baby, she seldom cried, she was so very sweet.
When Shelly was 8 months old, she didn't like Halloween, it was her first, so me and Tony decided it was time to take the bottle away from her,so we told her the spooks got it,and she never asked for it again.
All too soon it was time for me to go back to work Mom kept Shelly till she was 5 years old. She got to see her walk for the first time at 9 months, Shelly never did crawl, Mom potty trained her. Everyday Dad would take her to the park to play. He was so proud of his granddaughter. When I would come home to pick her up she would ask where is Daddy... I think she was a Daddy's girl.
When Shelly started to school, she was very smart, I don't know where she got that at! But I would ask her to get her homework and she would get so mad at me, so she told her Dad and he said to leave her alone and see if she gets good grades at the end of the six weeks, so I did and she got all A's. So that made me feel like a fool. But I was happy for her, and never did bother her again.
But she had her moments, she was a TomBoy all around. She would climb fences and run across the street and see the Peacocks that the neighbor had. That's when she would get into trouble. But as time went on Shelly grew to be a beautiful young lady, she had the prettiest blonde hair and blue eyes. When she was 5 years old, Tony told me to quit work and be at home when she got home from school. Shelly was very smart in school, did not get it from me! =) But she loved school. She started swimming when she was 5 years old, by the time she was going into the 9th grade, she was swimming and diving in competitions Her school did not have a swimming pool. I transfered her over to Glencliff where she could keep competeing, she won alot of ribbons When she went into the 10th grade like most girls
she went boy crazy and I hated to see that, she gave up swimming, except at the Swimming Pool we belong too.
Time flies by fast and when Shelly wanted a big bicycle to ride and take the training wheels off, well guess what her Dad did, and Tony taught her to ride it. But she wanted me to ride it first, well I will never forget this, I was trying my best to impress her and I fell off the bicycle
into the biggest bush up the street and I was stuck in the bush, well guess who laughed - Tony and Shelly.
Time flies and Shelly went to the prom her Junior year and her Senior year but she was really a tomboy.
I remember she said well it was alright, but I want this dress off!!
Shelly graduated from High School in l985. We were so proud of her. She had a good job and was making good money at Royal Insurance She wanted a new car, so she got it all by herself. She was a very strong willed person.
It was on June 14th, l986, that it came to an end... she had a boyfriend named Ricky, and of course I didn't care for him, but that is a mother. He had a old car with no seat belts in it. Shelly and Ricky were going to her company picnic, as she was still with Royal Insurance then. On the way home, for somereason, Ricky decided he wanted to drag race with Shelly in the car. Shelly was on her way to her company picnic she worked for Royal Insurance and she was dating Rickey and he had a old car but what he had under it I did not know. A Big Engine and on their way to the picnic he decided he was going to drag race with another car and he had Shelly in there and they wrecked and the car turned over three times and threw them out but the car landed on Shelly. I never did get to see my baby, her godmother Sue looked at her and she still has nightmares. Half of Shelly head was gone. This just makes me so sick to think about it, and why did he do it, I will never know. We never heard from him again, they took his driver's license away for a year and then I was told he was drag racing the next week. I will never understand why he had to do this, but he destroyed our life. And I try to forgive everyone, but this one is hard. I miss her so much and I know everyone knows about that, we think it will get better and it does not. One day we will all be together.
Oh God why didn't he wait? Why with my baby in the car? Ricky lost control of the car, it flipped over 3 times throwing them both out, the car landed on my precious Daughter. He only got one scratch, but it killed my beautiful 19 year old daughter.
They said she was gone right then, and Ricky didn't get but that one scratch. When hospital called they said come to Vanderbilt, that there had been a accident. My husband asked how bad, all they said was just get here. He knew it was bad and forgetting about me, he ran out the door and went to the hospital. There was no way I could go by myself. When I told Mom, we got her neighbor to take us. Tony was crying so hard when I got there, He was fighting with the doctors, they would not let him see Shelly. They told us she was gone, and they just walked away. Mom fainted, and a nurse came to help her. I don't remember much of anything, but hollering, somebody give me my baby. The next thing I knew we were back home, how I do not know. Mom's blood pressure was up alot and they had to give her something. Dad was crying and saying he wanted to go see Shelly. This was the most awful thing anyone can ever imagine. Hell could not be this bad.
We had to go to the funeral home, Shelly's Godmother Sue wanted to see her. To this day she will not talk to me about it. She did tell me half of her head was gone. I think about that all the time. Her Godmother still has nighmares about it. I don't remember anything about the funeral, just crying and screaming and young people everywhere. I was just in another world.
We buried Shelly on Daddy's Birthday. It was awful. I just want everyone to know that losing Shelly was the end of my life, how you go on must be the strength that God gives us. I go through the motions of each day, not a day goes by that I don't think of my precious Shelly. Sometimes her Dad and I just sit here and cry. There is not too much laughter in this house anymore. I was looking forward to
being a grandmother, now that will never be. But life goes on whether you want it to or not.
To My Precious Shelly:
Forever is too far to see, from where I am today, but I know you are on a higher plane than any of us can see. But you have found a perfect home, where their is no sorrow and no one is left alone. But do you know how much we miss you and love you. I know you went ahead of us, and that wasn't suppose to be, but God said he needed you, and had better plans for you. So Sweetheart I know we will have to wait till our Journey ends, but I also know that you will be at the beautiful gates to welcome us in. Until that day I just want you to know how much you are loved and missed. Your Mother and Daddy Forever looking up at you! Thanks so much for the beautiful plant with the pretty flowers you gave me, I will always treasure it as I have these past 25 years since you parted
Shelly was born at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tn. Davidson County and she died at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tn. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery on Thompson Ln. in Nashville, Tn.
Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Created by: shirley baer
Record added: Jan 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103195374