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Kirby Collier

Kirby Collier

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Died

I miss putting my arms around her and hugging her. I miss hearing her voice and smelling her hair. I miss praying for her to be healed and happy. I miss seeing her beautiful face and bright smile. I miss talking to her and traveling with her. I miss her every second of every day.

Tell us about your loved one.

Kirby was an amazing young woman who was beautiful, brilliant, strong and fearless. She loved animals and children and was the most amazing babysitter-so many children called her Miss Kirby and adored her. She graduated from Midland High School in Midland, TX in 2012 and was accepted to Texas A&M University, but decided not to go. She was accepted to UTMB Galveston's school of nursing and was supposed to start in 2016. She loved to play board games with her family and to snow ski. She was a loyal friend and had the most beautiful smile I have ever seen. She was also a fantastic volleyball player and was incredibly strong. She wanted to sky dive, but never had the chance to do so.

Tell us about Kirby's struggle with addiction

Kirby began abusing alcohol, marijuana and Xanax in high school. We sent her to rehab in Newport Beach, CA on December 4, 2012 when she was 18 years old. She was desperately out of control here at home in Midland, TX. She spent six months in rehab and seemed like a changed person who wanted to be sober, have a productive future and get along with her family who loved her so much. She went back to school in California and seemed to be doing really well. Unfortunately, we later found out that she was using various drugs and drinking during most of that time. In October of 2015, we learned that Kirby was using meth and heroin. We cut off most of our financial support and told her we would send her to rehab in Florida. She flew to Jacksonville, FL on December 2, 2015. She kept relapsing and moved from treatment center to treatment center and finally completed a 30 day program. She moved into sober living and was doing IOP. She got a job at a candy store and was employee of the month! She finally decided to work the 12 Steps and she had a sponsor. She died on February 26, 2016 from heroin and fentanyl intoxication (overdose). I believe that she had the mindset to use just one more time and then move forward with her life. She had been sober for a little while and was not able to tolerate the amount she used on February 26, the worst day of our lives. She was only 22 years old.

What made Kirby smile?

Kirby loved all animals, but especially her rescue cat, Tink, our Cavalier King Charles, Maggie and our Golden Retriever, Gus. Gus passed away in September of 2015 and I believe he was waiting for Kirby in heaven. She loved to snow ski and was always so happy when she was the first down the mountain. She also loved the beach and really enjoyed family trips to the Panhandle of Florida. She was very competitive and loved playing board games with her family and especially when she won, which was almost every time. She loved making the highest grade in the class on a test, which she did very often. She was so happy that she was accepted to multiple nursing schools. And she really loved listening to music on her iPod. She also loved her friends and was very supportive and loyal to them. She also loved to travel and had so many more places that she wanted to visit.

What do you miss most about Kirby?

I miss putting my arms around her and hugging her. I miss hearing her voice and smelling her hair. I miss praying for her to be healed and happy. I miss seeing her beautiful face and bright smile. I miss talking to her and traveling with her. I miss her every second of every day.

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