Usually when somebody dies, I don't think about where they are going or what happens to them because I just want to forget, but Monique I will never forget. I don't know where she is but I know she is in the hearts and minds of a lot of people. My mind has flooded with memories of her and every time I see her, I see her beautiful smile. It is amazing how detailed every memory is. I can remember things I haven't thought about in years. I can hear her voice on the phone. I can see her twisting her hair over and over again. I can hear her smacking her lips as she eats spaghetti with honey. I can hear her shrieking when she saw a bug.

I can remember turning around and having to prepare myself as she came running to jump on my back.

Monique was a very strong-willed person. Her generosity and general concern for others' well being was noticed by all. Her creativity was also well recognized. My dear, sweet, beautiful Monique. I love you. I always will and I know you want me to smile right now so I will even though my heart aches. I will smile for you forever. I love you.

Lara Kubitt

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