When you visit please light a candle. They mean so much to us and bring us comfort.
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Tara Arnold who was born in Hicksville Ohio on April 19, 1986 and passed away on October 29, 2006 at the age of 20. We will remember her forever.
Tara touched so many people and she left the world a nicer place than she found it.
While attending college Tara would donate blood and plasma. If she had any money left in her food plan she would spend it all at the campus store for food and take anything she bought to the local homeless shelter.
If you wanted to do anything, swimming, playing badminton, cards and no one else wanted to play you could always count on Tara. However Friday nights was pepperoni pizza and movie night so the games had to wait. Saturdays were brownie day and the brownie mix would end up on the floor, cabinets and ceiling. How we miss that mess.
Tara loved to swim. Her first time scavenging the lake bed of Lake Huron she found a bed spring and golf ball. She kept the bed spring in her bedroom and gave us the golf ball. I still have that golf ball and many times I carry it with me. I will always treasure it.
Tara had a laughter that would fill the house with love and joy.
Tara was a huge Indianalopis Colts fan. If you go to the new stadium look for a brick with her name on it. The brick is in the "First Down" row section F.
When we would travel Tara would always write her name in the sand or with sticks for people would know she had been there.
We have continued this tradition. Tara’s name has been written on the beach in Port Huron Michigan on Lake Huron, Marblehead Ohio and Erie Pennsylvania on Lake Erie, Vero Beach Florida,;Cocoa Beach Florida, The great salt lake in Utah, Aztek ruins in New Mexico,Kill Devil North Carolina on the Atlantic, Niagara Falls New York, Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and Patuxent River in Maryland. Pensacola Florida, Gulf Shores Alabama and Texas beaches on the Gulf. Also in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and Charleston South Carolina harbor area. Ocean beach park New London Ct on the Long Island Sound and near Race Point Lighthouse at the point of Cape Cod Bay on the Atlantic Ocean
Using sticks her name has been left in the mountains in northern New Mexico and hiking trails in Hocking Hills state park in Ohio.
Using rocks her initials were spelled out with rocks in the river that runs through Cuyahoga National Park near Cleveland Ohio.
Her name was written in the dirt outside of Belle Fourche SD at the center of the nation marker.
In addition to the brick at the Colts stadium we have purchased bricks at Pontiac Park Defiance Ohio, Central Park Bryan Ohio, Marblehead Lighthouse Marblehead Ohio and Bald Head Lighthouse, Bald Head Island North Carolina.
Tara we will try to live our lives to make you proud of us.
Do not stand by my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints upon the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain and I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am that swift uplifting rush, Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand by my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
National Children's Memorial Day that their light may always shine
Sunday December 10, 2017
National Children's Memorial Day happens every year on the second Sunday of December and is observed internationally. Families around the world light candles at 7 p.m. in their corresponding time zones. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light that encircles the globe. This remembrance ceremony provides the world with lit candles for an entire 24 hour period in order to honor the children we have lost, the children who lived and died, and who, even in death, continue to matter.
Tributes and Condolences
Thinking of You / Sharon Keller
Sending our love to you, Tara, and to your family. We know how very much they miss their precious child. Our daughter, Kathy, passed away on October 10, 2006, and we all cherish the memories our children left us and know the pain that they feel e...
Its a new year. / Lori Houlton (Aunt)
Well its already 2010... my how time goes by so fast!! This Oct. 29th it will be 4 years you have been gone but you still feel so close in my heart!! You bring a smile to my face just with me sending you this messag...
To Mary: / Dolores Smart (Friend of Tara's Grandmother, Mary Arnold. )
I did not know Tara nor any of your family members and I cannot imagine saying goodbye to any of my children or grandchildren. Take comfort in knowing that we will all say "Hello" at some point.
Matt / Jeremy Viers (Coworker)
I think about your loss often. Having a daughter myself I can hardly approach such a pain. I'm sorry for not telling you how often you're in my thoughts. I pray that you can find peace one day at a time.
You are missed EVERYDAY / Lori Houlton (Aunt and Bestfriend )
Not a day goes bye that your whole family does not miss you!! Your Mom, Grandma and Grandpa Patterson, Aunts and Uncles (Todd, Jennifer, Scott, and myself Lori), cousins, (Austin, Alex, Alicia, Jordan, Crystal, Lauren, and Travis), ...
Sending you all love... / Denise-mom Of Angel Nate Pannell Read >>
Christmas 2017 Grandma Arnold donated in Tara's memory to the Alabama Coastal Foundation. Their mission is to improve and protect Alabama's coastal environment through cooperation, education and participation.
Another donation was made to Living Lands and Water. Living Lands & Waters' crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.