Clarke Reese
(1993-2007)
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Clarke at 27  / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (mom)  Read >>
Clarke at 27  / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (mom)
Another year and another milestone. 2020, which I gotta tell ya has been one hell of a year; marks your 14th Heavenly birthday. You have officially spent more birthdays in Heaven than with me your mother. I cannot reconcile my mind and heart with that. It just does not seem possible. Clarke, on your 27th birthday I cannot but compare my life to what you could be doing. When I was your age, I was newly married an anxious to start a family. I do not know if that is the path you would have chosen But I would love being a grandmother. But you had a much larger calling, “THE STAGE”. I know you are saying “mommie dah, no kids before my career”. But I dream. I dream because that is all I have of your future. Sure, I have your precious writings, videos, photos and a lifetime of memories to treasure, but they are not you. Your future was lost when left. Every birthday I am reminded of that exact moment you entered my world. I remember all the joy, hope and plans me and your daddy had for you. Of course, you came with your own plans and we just followed. But we neverminded because you were our world. You loved celebrating your birthday the most. Clarke, you had the oddest themes for a little girl’s party. But they were all uniquely “YOU”! I know where you are now, the birthday bashes are beyond compare. I just wish you had had a few more with your old mom who misses fiercely each day. Your old mom wishes she could hold you and see the brilliant woman you would have become. Clarke, I gave you the 13 best birthday experiences I knew how to. I am sad I didn’t and won’t get to do anymore; but I know you’re in very capable HANDS, HAPPY 27th BIRTHDAY CLARKE DANI REESE! Close
A Lifetime  / Clarke's Mommie (mother)  Read >>
A Lifetime  / Clarke's Mommie (mother)
Dani, when I first saw you, I said oh my, oh my that’s my dream. That is not just a song lyric, but it is a fact. I am so totally blessed to be your mom. This year marks the equinox of your time on earth and your time in Heaven. It has been 13 years since I last heard your voice or received one of your famous bear hugs. I think what I miss most is our talks. Talks about all things Disney, ramen noodles, Charmed and other teenage chatter. This year your Heaven date falls on Mardi Gras, one of your favorite holidays. Masks, jewelry, cake……. what’s not to like about Mardi Gras? You were always able to find the hidden surprise in the cake. I miss you kiddo. Thank you for giving me: a lifetime of happiness , a lifetime of memories, a lifetime of “Dani” stories, a lifetime of smiles, a lifetime of laughs and a lifetime of love in your 13 very short, but well lived life. Close
13 + 13 = 26  / Clarke's Mommie (Mother)  Read >>
13 + 13 = 26  / Clarke's Mommie (Mother)
My Dearest Dani, I can’t believe that this is your 13th birthday in Heaven. I really can’t wrap my head around it. This birthday, your 26th is the age your father asked me to marry him {who knew we’d be engaged for two years). I wonder if you would be married by now. Would you have made a grandma mouse? Oh Dani, I can just imagine all the fun we would introducing your little one to everything Disney. I wanted to do something different and special for this birthday, I went through the seeming endless amount pictures of you to find a good picture that captured your yearly birthday celebration. Little lady you had an imagination, you always had to have a them. And I guess because you were an only child we obliged. You were joyful at these events. Joyful, joyful joyful is the best way to describe you. As I looked through photos, I felt joyful. There were moments of missing you and your dad, especially if both of you were in the photo. I would feel sad and alone and missing you both so much. Through crying eyes I’d see your JOYFUL smile and I’d soothed. Dani, I miss you so much. Everyday my heartaches. I muddle through the day with all the physical pain and things I can no longer do for myself. You know how we used to joke about me being a pharmacy bottle and that I should rattle when I walked because of all of my medicine; well I’ve added so much more since you left. Happy 26th birthday. I love more than life itself. I truly enjoyed your 13 years on earth with me. Missing and loving you Dani’s Mommie Close
I had a bad day  / Chris Redding (Godfather)  Read >>
I had a bad day  / Chris Redding (Godfather)
12 years ago I had an incredibly bad day. One of the worst of my life. But recently, a good friend of mine reminded me that I focus too much on that day and not 13 years of wonderful life that you had. My life was changed, for the better more than 25 years ago. The birth of my little angel made me rethink life. And the loss of her 12 years ago took part of me away. But my love for her never ended and never will. Give your dad a hug for me And pop in from time to time to say hi. There will always be some pain on this date. But I'm learning to focus more on the great memories. I love you Clarke Danielle. Rest easy my angel Close
A Quarter of a Century.  / Clarke's Mommie (mother)  Read >>
A Quarter of a Century.  / Clarke's Mommie (mother)
My darling Dani (I guess I should start calling you Clarke since you are a quarter of a century old) I miss you so terribly much. I’ve listening to that Kenny Chesney song on your web site. And I do wonder who’d you be today. I see your and my friends too; getting married, starting families and exciting new careers. Which of these paths would you have chosen? Clarke, I wonder what you would think of me? What you’d think of me as a mother, woman, and person. I’d like to know what you think of the life you had here or Earth. What do you think of your legacy that I’m continuing to present to the world? People often ask why I keep talking about you? Why I don’t just forget you? These must be people who didn’t know you. Clarke you were LARGER than life when you existed on this planet. Nothing could capture your true spirit and zest for life and the people and rocks (hee hee) in it. I could no more not talk about you and introduce future generations to you than I could not breathe. I am so blessed to have been chosen to be your mother. It is my honor and privilege to share your enthusiasm with each and everyone reading this. I hope you are as proud of me as I am of you. Loving and missing you! Happy 25th Birthday Clarke! Close
Thinking of you  / Keyona Bartley (Friend)  Read >>
Thinking of you  / Keyona Bartley (Friend)
Hey Dani! I just had to come by & say I was thinking about you, because you were in a dream I had last night. We were playing a basketball game for charity & you were on my team. Both teams weren’t taking it too seriously, mostly goofing around & finding ways to cheat & win & I remember you were the ringleader in all the pranks our team played. You were standing on a ladder near the net, and every time someone in our team would shoot the ball, you would catch it & make sure to steer it in lol. At the end on my dream you had me write your mom a letter to tell her that you loved her, and I remember being so excited to give that letter to her & let her know you were happy & having fun. I don’t remember exactly what the letter says (I wish I did & I hope maybe it all eventually comes to me), but I do remember it saying “I love you”. Anyways, we’re all missing you beautiful! I’ll be thinking of you Close
You are missed  / Danielle Kuneck (Friend)  Read >>
You are missed  / Danielle Kuneck (Friend)
Although I never met you, I know you were awesome by your name "Dani"! Your mom is one of the most amazing people I have met. She has done such a wonderful job sharing your memory and allowing us all to love you even while you are in Heaven. I love your stories of dancing and singing. Keep watching over her, give her a sign. Look for my brother up there in Heaven, he would love you! Much love to you sweetie and I look forward to meeting you personally the days our paths cross. ❤ Close
Rememberance / Clarke's Mommie (Mother)  Read >>
Rememberance / Clarke's Mommie (Mother)
Clarke, How do I even begin this written message to you? I’ve feared the effect this day would have on me for months. It is Sunday February 25th. It is the 11th anniversary of ascension to Heaven. My memories take me back to that light snowy day in the hospital praying that you wouldn’t leave. The heartache of that day has never left me. Over the years it may have dulled a little from the initial piercing blow, but its harsh wound still raw and unhealed. You are my world, my reason for living still. I remember that it was Oscar weekend. You were excited because you had a chorus performance at Barnes and Noble on Saturday and we were going to watch Jennifer Hudson win the Oscar on Sunday. Well, it didn’t quite turn out like that. Instead we ended up in a hospital room; a room that you would never leave. I hated every Sunday after that. Then I hated every 25th of the month, every February, every February 25th. And now we have arrived at Sunday, February 25, 2018. I’ve feared this day so much. Would it hurt more because this year your dad is not here to lean on? Would I fall apart? Would this day be the end of me? The answer, no. The only thing that could do that is if people didn’t remember you. Clarke, you were an amazing human being who just happened to be my daughter. You brought so much joy and love into this world. I was recently telling someone that you seemed to give everybody met exactly what they needed. It was if you knew exactly which void to fill in each human being you met. You gave of yourself so naturally. The world lost a lot when it lost you and my mission will be to remind them. So this Sunday February 25, 2018 is not a day of only sadness, but of remembrance as well. Close
24th Birthday!  / Clarke's Mommie (mother)  Read >>
24th Birthday!  / Clarke's Mommie (mother)
Hey Clarke ;or little one as you dad always called you;it is your 24th birthday. It does not resemble in anyway I thought it would. You are in Heaven and your dad is fighting for his life in the hospital. I am not ready for daddy to join you. Please continue to watch over him. Clarke it is hard to visualize at age 24. Would you be a young career woman, a young wife and mother, or here's a thought all three. Would you be dancing, singing, acting or a triple threat? { would enjoy seeing you drive a car or do something as simple as a load of laundry. I miss having the opportunity to be a grandmother to your kids. If I can say so myself, I'd make a terrific grandma .I miss having the fights we would have had over clothes, make-up, and boys. the fights you and your dad would have had about boys, curfew, and did I mention boys. Clarke. your birthdays are always difficult to muddle through. Your dad and I usually go out of town because being here hurts too much. The pain from the parties that are no longer held, the pain from the friends who no longer gathered, and the presents that are no longer opened. We would have dinner with uncle Chris and aunt Camelle and reminisce. We would also speculate on whether you would have inherit mine or your daddy's tolerance for grapes and grains. This year things are drastically different. With your daddy, or as you would probably be calling him by now, father in the hospital I am left to carry on our rituals as one rather than two. Baby girl, don't feel slighted for if he could he surely would be right there beside me. We would both hold on to you so tight and give you the biggest bear hug. It has been eleven birthdays in Heaven for you. It feels like a million to me. Speaking for your daddy and me, we miss your smile, your touch, your laughter, your loving heart and your giving soul. Happy 24th birthday! Send a little of your pixie power down to daddy :-) Close
Rememberance / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mother)  Read >>
Rememberance / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mother)
Clarke, It has been a decade since we all sat in church and said farewell to you. Oh if only I could have traded places with you. Gone too soon. I hope you knew how much you were loved while you were us in the flesh. If it is possible you are loved even more now with you in Heaven. Loved and missed. Never knew someone could be so missed. Recently I have been accused of choosing to "live in my grief". That had to come from someone who hasn't lost a child. You don't just ""get over it". It's not normal to bury a child. Clarke you were supposed to bury us. You were supposed to have a long life filled with joy and happiness. I wished for all of your wildest dreams to come to fruition. Nobody deserved that more than you. Clarke you were such a kind spirit. You liked ever body and shared your talents with the world. I think the world loved you too. How could it not with that smile of yours. I think that smile is why year 10 is so hard. I miss seeing it. I miss hearing your voice. Our love of Disney, Charmed and Harry Potter. You brought me so much joy and now I struggle still some days to find joy. My world has been shaken to its core. I'm in a better placed than 10 years ago, but it still hurts. Clarke, I love and miss you. Close
Your birthday  / Donnetta Reese (Mommie)  Read >>
Your birthday  / Donnetta Reese (Mommie)
Clarke, It is a milestone occasion that we mark this year. 10 birthdays that you have spent in Heaven. You would be 23 today. A young woman blossoming in adulthood. I miss you something awful. I pray you are dancing and singing in Heaven as you did on Earth. I wish I had you to celebrate with on your birthday. Instead all I have are memories. I can't help but feel honored to have been your mother. You brought and your memories continue to bring me great joy. I was never as happy as the day you came into my life. And never as sad as the day you left. Everyday is a balancing act...trying to be just happy enough so sadness doesn't overtake me. But enough about me, this is your day. I honor you. My wonderful daughter I will scatter these rose petals. Some will land on the water where you loved to cruise and some will touch down on giant rocks which you loved to collect. In your own words "It's all about me, momie!" Who can argue with that. Love, miss and honor you. Mommie. Close
WOW! / Dinah Thomas (Her Mother's friend )  Read >>
WOW! / Dinah Thomas (Her Mother's friend )
I know you have been gone 10 years but it seems like yesterday I heard of the sweetest girl anyone could know would now be putting on those dancing shoes and using that sweet voice to entertain so many who needed to hear it. I did not know you personally but I did know your awesome Mom! Somehow I believe you would be just like her. Always giving and showing love to so many. So glad she has been a part of my life and has shared yours with me and others. Have a wonderful birthday in Heaven.I have many family members there with you and my Mom just joined you all in March. Whoop it up beautiful. :0) Close
still gone  / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mommie)  Read >>
still gone  / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mommie)
Clarke this your 9th Heaven date. I can’t say that it has gotten any easier. I still am unhappy in this Clarke less world. I have learned to survive. Survival mode is a good day for me; it means I didn’t spend it in bed crying because my reason for living isn’t. I tell myself that you are happy in Heaven and that I should be happy to, but I just can’t make that leap. I still miss you on earth. My heart is so broken and I haven’t found anything to fill the hole that your death left. I just miss you so very much. You touched so many people in your short life. I’ve come across so many things that you had written. So much is about who were role models to you. Clarke you were my role model. I looked up to you. You were a loving family member, loyal friend and strong leader and champion of good. This world lost something special 9 years ago today when it lost you. Nine years later I still visit your grave and ask why and know we will never know. I cry as we leave flowers and walk away. It reminds me of that night 9 years ago when we left the hospital without you. I never thought that would happen. Clarke we miss you every minute of every day still. Close
Last You  / Donnetta Reese (Mommie)  Read >>
Last You  / Donnetta Reese (Mommie)
Last you. Nine years later I still visit your grave and ask why and I know we will never know. I cry as we leave flowers and walk away. It reminds of that night 9 years ago when we left the hospital without you. I never thought that would happen. Clarke we miss you every minute of every day still. Close
You turned 22 today.  / Christopher Redding (Godfather)  Read >>
You turned 22 today.  / Christopher Redding (Godfather)
You turned 22 today. A reminder that my life was changed forever more than 2 decades ago. You were with us in spirit as we broke bread, dean and talked about a host of things. Most of the conversations were based on you and others on your cousins and our crazy memories. But we were there to celebrate you. Some people will say that this would have been your 22nd birthday. But it IS your 22nd birthday. I know that you are not here in the flesh, but you still live in MANY hearts and minds. You will be with me forever and I will ALWAYS celebrate on August 31st! Sleep well my angel. Until we see each other again. ~Uncle Chris Close
birthday / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mother)  Read >>
birthday / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mother)
Dani, it is your 22nd birthday. I can’t believe that another year has gone by with you in Heaven away from us. I miss you so more than words than words could ever say. This year your friends all graduated from college. It is painful knowing that you never got to experience that. I wonder what you’d be like today. What career choices would you have made? What partner choices would you have made? Would daddy and I approve? Where would you be living? Oh how I miss you. Some days still I cry myself to sleep. Your absence has left a cavernous hole in my life and heart. There is nothing or on one who can fill it. I know it has been 9 birthdays in Heaven, but I can’t use to you spending them there. I don’t think I ever will. I know that birthdays are glorious there, but I’m selfish….I want you here with me. I sleep with a quilt made of your old T-shirts that a very dear friend made for me. I do anything to be close to you. Just the other day I found some photos of you dressed in my clothes. I guess you were the age you were when you died. I cried so much. You looked so grown up in my clothes. I can’t bring myself wish you a happy birthday in Heaven, kiddo but do enjoy your day with our Lord. Close
2,922 days  / Clarke's Mommie (Mommie)  Read >>
2,922 days  / Clarke's Mommie (Mommie)
Clarke
This year as I sat down to write your “In Memoriam” for the newspaper I started thinking about how many days it had been since I last talked to you. It has been over 2922 days. It reminded me of one of your favorite songs (from a musical of course) “Seasons of Love” from RENT. I remember that summer like it was yesterday. You were 6 going on 7 and taking a theater class at St. Catherine. Y’all performed that song. That same summer you went to the Barkdale to see “Annie Get Your Gun” and you were such a critic after having seen it on Broadway a year earlier.
Oh Clarke I miss you so much. You are my heart. It hurts so much not to have you here. I know that you would be a woman and would be on your own now but you would still always be my babygirl. I still make myself get up everyday to deal with this world without you in it. Most days I am just on autopilot; doing just enough so grief doesn’t swallow me up. I try to be supportive to others who like me who have lost a loved one and that helps. I talk to your Dad about you. We both have such great memories of you. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. I’m always talking about you to somebody because you stay on my mind. Some may say that it is unhealthy but I thought about like this when you were physically here with me too. That was just the bond that we had….even death can’t sever it.
So here we are two thousand nine hundred twenty-two days into this Clarkeless world and it sucks. You should be graduating from college in the spring and starting your career. How I wish that were the case. I wish you were able to fulfill your dreams. But I have to believe that you are doing that in Heaven. I just bought a T-shirt that says; “I hope you’re dancing in the sky.” I wish that for you. Love and miss you something fierce.
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You turned 21 today.  / Chris Redding (Godfather)  Read >>
You turned 21 today.  / Chris Redding (Godfather)
You turned 21 today. And instead of taking your first legal drink with you, I take a drink to honor you. I sit and remember all of the good and funny times. How you changed my life in so many ways. I wish you were here. There may be a tear in my eye, but there is joy in my heart. And while I can't call you, text you or hug you, you will always be with me. You were my first and made me want children and for that I will be forever thankful. Thanks for keeping an eye on me, your mom and dad. Love you always Clarke Danielle Reese Close
08-31-2014 21st Birthday  / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mother)  Read >>
08-31-2014 21st Birthday  / Donnetta Quarles-Reese (Mother)

Well Dani here it is, your 21st birthday.  You're spending it in Heaven.  I had hoped that 2014 would be "our" year.  I turned 50 this year and you turned 21.  I always thought we'd do something extra special to celebrate.  But alas, I was robbed of that experience by your untimely death.

Dani, I miss you so very much. I as so all alone.  I miss my daughter, my best friend, my everything.  After 8 birthdays in Heaven I still function on autopilot most days.

I think of you often, but more so on special days like today.  I wonder what you would be doing with your life.  What career path would you have chosen?  What boy would you be dating? And the question I'd want to know the most, what would you look like at 21.   You were a mere 13 when you left us.  I wonder how you  will be celebrating in Heaven today?

There is this Blue Bell ice cream commercial that always makes me cry.  Sometime sad tears, most times happy tears; it talks about what people are doing in Heaven today.  I have always pictured you eating a dish of vanilla ice cream.  On the 21st birthday I hope that you have the finest.  I hope you have bubbly, lobster baked spaghetti, your favorite music and all your new angel friends and family around you.

I love you and miss you more than you will and can ever know.

Clarke's Mommie Always

 

 

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Hello / Tighmir Sayles (Cousin)  Read >>
Hello / Tighmir Sayles (Cousin)
Hello Clarke.. we have never met... and unfortunately won't until I am where you are. I was sitting back at my desk and decided to start looking up my family history and have spent hours and hours searching for the side of my family that I've never known. Then I stumbled upon this... and my heart is broken to know of such a gorgeous and beautiful young lady gone too soon. We are about 18 months apart actually. Please dance it up up there...!! To Donnetta... I am SO sorry for your loss :( Close
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