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Haley Elizabeth Baer
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Birth: May 15, 1995
Richmond County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 2010
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

Haley Elizabeth Baer
(May 15, 1995 - February 1, 2010)

AIKEN - Miss Haley Elizabeth Baer, 14, died Monday, February 1, 2010 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at St. John United Methodist Church, Graniteville. Reverend Alan Quarles will officiate. Interment will follow in Graniteville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Hanisee, Jason Griffin, Christopher Griffin, Daniel Baer, Lauren Baer, Charlie Wood, Keith Wood, Ethan Baer, and Damian Baer.

Honorary pallbearers will be her classmates at Schofield Middle School.

Haley was born in Augusta, GA and was an A-B Honor Roll student in the 7th grade at Schofield Middle School in Aiken. She was an avid gymnast, loved to swim, was Miss Sixth Grade at Schofield Middle School, was known for always having a positive attitude and loved her pets and animals. She was a big fan of Clemson Football and Schofield Middle School Football, and enjoyed spending time on Facebook with all of her friends.

Haley is survived by her loving parents, Adrian Johnsen Baer and Stephanie Jones Baer, Aiken; sister, Ashley Baer, Aiken; maternal grandparents, Ron and Sharon Griffin, Aiken; paternal grandparents, Ken and Debra Baer, Aiken; aunts, Rhonda Heath, Lauren Baer, Madeleine Stratton, all of Aiken; uncles, Jason Griffin, Aiken, Christopher Griffin, Aiken, Damian Baer, Seattle, WA, Nathan Baer, New York, NY, Daniel Baer, Aiken, Ethan Baer, Fayetteville, NC, Wayne Heath, Aiken.

Memorials may be directed to The Mended Hearts Inc., Aiken Chapter, P.O. Box 976, Aiken, SC 29802, St. John United Methodist Church, 18 Gregg St., Graniteville, SC 29829, or the MUSC Pediatric Cardiology Department, 165 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425.

Haley's online guest book may be signed at

The family will receive friends form 5:30-7:30 PM Friday evening at Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC

Haley Baer lived a "life worth dying for," family and friends said Wednesday.

14-year-old Haley Baer began having more health problems a little more than a month ago.

The Schofield Middle School pupil, who underwent a heart transplant in 2004, died Monday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

Haley's health began failing a little more than a month ago, said her father, Adrian Baer.

Last Thursday, Haley's family found her unconscious in her bedroom, her grandmother, Debra Baer, said.

"There were no grave indicators. It's still a shock to us," she said. "We still don't know what happened, and it'll be a month or more before we do. That's the tough part."

In December, the lively 14-year-old first came to terms with death, Debra Baer said. Haley underwent a routine medical procedure, and her heart stopped.

"That was the first time she started contemplating that she could die," Debra Baer said. "It was very intense. She was still happy, but, in her quieter moments, she would have more questions."

Her family jokingly said she majored in socializing, and lived for outdoor events such as water skiing and swimming. She also had a passion for gymnastics and participated until she had the heart transplant, made necessary by a congenital defect, when she was 9.

Although her classmates are in a state of mourning, Principal Carl White said, her lasting impression is one that's celebrated.

"She was very popular," he said. "She was a student who loved her friends, so much so that even when she wasn't physically well, she was here."

By Wednesday afternoon, a Facebook page -- RIP Haley Baer, started by classmate Callie D'Andria -- already had more than 700 members. Many of the comments were from strangers who appreciated the kind words of the people who knew Haley.

Debra Baer said a collage created by Haley's friends after her death characterizes the way she lived her life.

"It reads, 'Don't be afraid of dying, live a life worth dying for,' " she said.

Graniteville Cemetery
Aiken County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Bill Waters
Record added: Feb 04, 2010
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Haley Elizabeth Baer
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