Thursday, November 2nd 2006 -
||My friend just e-mailed me this site as she was looking for Rikki's
'Memory-of' site, this one came up. It made me cry (again). I miss you
Rikki!! For those of you who do no know, you can find her memorial site
Thursday, May 12th 2005 -
Wednesday, April 20th 2005 -
||I don't know what to say honestly. My heart goes out to you Mrs.
Lewis. I never actually met Rikki but from reading all the websites with
her on them, you can tell what an awesome person she must have been. My
heart is with Rikki, yourself, your family, and John. he always loved her
and he always will. Stay strong John. Everyone is here for you. we all
Thursday, April 14th 2005 -
||To all my daughters friends, I want to take the time to thank everyone
who has written on this web site, sent cards and letters to my e-mail and
to my home. Rikki had a zest for life that is not found in most. She was
not only beautiful on the outside, but just as beautiful on the inside.
She had a way to make me smile, even when I was at my lowest point. She
still and always will bring a smile to my face and to my heart. I thank
God every day for the gift He gave me, it was 21 of the most wonderful
years of my life. I believe in my heart that she was sent here from God to
touch each of our lives, and she will continue to watch over us from a
distance. I love each of you, as my daughter did. And will forever hold
you in my heart. Thank-you all again, Gwen Lewis|
Friday, April 8th 2005 -
||This is very odd for me to be writing this here. First of all, I
haven't seen or heard from Rikki since I graduated in 1998. Secondly, I
just found out about her passing a few hours ago. |
I am greatly
saddened by this terrible tragedy. I knew Rikki very little and for a very
short while at that, but my memories of her are nothing but fond ones. She
was such a beautiful, intelligent, charismatic, and talented girl. I
always thought that she was destined for greatness.
I was a senior
at Western High School when she was a freshman. We met in a musical
theater class. Every boy wanted to get to know her better. I was certainly
no exception. She was a phenomenon, her spirit was intoxicating. Her
beauty seemed that which could only be created in dreams. But she was no
dream, she was as real as real could be.
Until I was a senior, I
was one of those heavy metal jerks that hated everything and everybody. I
especially put down cheerleaders. I'm not quite sure why, but I digress.
By the time I was a senior, my entire attitude had changed. Meeting Rikki
put an especially positive spin on my outlook on life. Ever since her, I
had gained an appreciation for cheerleaders. How could I not? She was one,
and she was irresistably hypnotic.
I spent a good chunk of each
class that we shared talking to Rikki and I loved to make her laugh. She
loved to laugh and enjoy life. All young people should. Life is too short
to be sad or bitter. She made people happy in that class. The girls may
have envied her, but who can blame them?
When I heard the news a
few hours ago, I was shocked. Saddened. Disgusted. My stomach is in knots
and I cannot stop crying. But truthfully, the Rikki that I remember would
not want to see anybody as mournfully sorrowful as I am at this moment. It
seemed like her goal in life at that point in time was strictly to make
people smile, laugh, and enjoy life as she did.
I flipped through
my senior year yearbook, crossed my fingers, and said "Please, God. Please
have a signature from Rikki" and I do. It reads:
"Mark, well you
definitely have always had a way to make me laugh, even when I'm in the
worst of moods. You are such a great person and don't ever let anyone tell
you different. I will always remember your white suit and your
inspirational "attitude checks"! Good luck - I know you will succeed in
everything you do in life. I will always love you. Love, Rikki"
cherish this yearbook now more than ever. I cannot find the right words to
express the sadness that I feel about this tragic loss. It cannot be put
into words. I send my condolensces to Rikki's family, friends, and anybody
else who will miss her as much as I will. I have not cried in a long time.
I've had no reason to. Now, I can't stop. Rest in peace, Rikki. I hope
that there is as much love for you in Heaven as there was and still is
Tonight, you will be a dream. Love, Mark
Monday, March 14th 2005 -
||Rikki was always able to cheer you up no matter how upset you were.
All she had to do was show off her beautiful smile and you completely
forgot what it was you were upset about in the first place. She was a
beautiful person with a beautiful soul. I feel extremely honored that i
had the pleasure of having her in my life as my friend. She will always
hold a special place in my heart and I will miss her very much. Right now
I know she is in heaven watching over all of us, smiling! love you ms.
Monday, March 14th 2005 -
||It goes without saying that we have lost someone truly special to us
all. Rikki, we miss you so much. To her family and friends, may God watch
over you all because we all know that Rikkis is watching over us.
Wednesday, February 2nd 2005 -
||Rikki will be missed. I remember her when she was my daughter's
childhood friend at flamingo elementary. My heart breaks for her mom,
Gwen, each and every moment of the day |
Sunday, January 30th 2005 -
||We all share the loss of Rikki Lewis...I had the pleasure of knowing
Rikki from Western HS and that is how I will remember her...Rikki made
everyone around her see how special a person she was...there was always a
smile on her face and you couldn't help but want the best for her...she
will be a part of our lives, always...Tom|
Thursday, January 27th 2005 -
||Rikki was my oldest friend... since 4 years old. I am devastated and I
will never forget what I beautiful person she was, inside and out!
Tuesday, January 25th 2005
||Rikki Leigh Lewis first came bouncing into my life at an all-star
cheerleading competition in Jacksonville in 2001. She was pigtailed and
glittered and grinning from ear to ear. She introduced herself to me, and
told me she was a dancer who wanted desperately to dance with the USF
Sundolls. She had been to more than a few of our football games and had
recognized me as their coach. She was bubbling with excitement. Though we
spoke that day only briefly, I was immediately taken aback with how
confident and outgoing she was. I even had the opportunity to watch her
perform with her cheerleading squad and was impressed by her energy. I
remember thinking that she would be a fabulous addition to the team.
I didnít see Rikki again until Sundolls tryouts that April, but I
immediately remembered her when I saw her. She was a shining presence
amongst a roomful of talented women, tall and beautiful, with the most
infectious giggle Iíve ever heard. By the end of the weekend of tryouts,
Rikki was one of 18 women chosen to perform with the Sundolls for the
2001-2002 season, and I was thrilled to work with her.
and the youngest on the team, Rikki was surprisingly never afraid to speak
her mind. At every practice, she was a ball of energy, a perfect balance
of hard-working dancer and complete clown. I was often accused that season
of favoring Rikki, having admittedly enjoyed her company. She was
youthful, yet insightful, and animated beyond reason. A simple story told
by Rikki could often become a stage production, and Lord, she could make
Rikki and I had close-knit families and found common
ground in that respect. Rikki spoke often of her family and her love for
her little sister. They were her support system and she adored them. I
could tell by the way they watched her from the stands that the feeling
was mutual. She was as proud of them as they were of her.
after resigning as the Sundollsí coach, I was able to see all of the girls
together at my wedding. Sadly, after the wedding, I lost track with most
of the girls, but was able for a short time to keep in touch with Rikki
and a few others. I lost track of Rikki with time but she has always been
in my thoughts, as have the rest of the Sundolls family.
received the phone call that Rikki had been in a fatal accident, I felt
like someone had cut off my air supply. I immediately thought that she was
too young, too vibrant to be taken away so young. But then, we are never
ready to lose people we love, no matter their age. I have learned not to
seek reasons in tragedies, and cannot offer any insight into why weíve
lost Rikki. I can only say that for me, the sun is not shining as brightly
today and that the world will not be the same without her beautiful smile
and infectious laugh. My heart goes out to her family, her friends and
those of us who were truly privileged to have shared her life with her if
even just for a moment.
Danielle Pena Fitts