Ali Rochelle Childs, 23, of 633 1/2 Garden Ave., Olean, N.Y., passed away Friday (March 18, 2016) at her home after a long battle with addiction.
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Born March 7, 1993, she was a daughter of Craig L. and Susan L. Kerr Childs. From a young age she was a beautiful and adventurous soul. She grew up in Bradford, and had many friends and loved ones. To know Ali was to love her. Her infectious laugh and caring disposition made her an instant friend to all she met throughout her life. She was a 2011 graduate of Bradford Area High School.
Ali attended AA and NA meetings locally and formed a support system who became her second family. She was known for welcoming all walks of life with open arms and no judgment.
Ali was employed at On the Side Sub Shop in Olean, where she quickly fit in as "one of the guys" and a friend to all. She enjoyed spending time with her dog "Envy," friends, family and especially her niece, Avery.
She will be remembered forever for the love she possessed for life, her outgoing personality, beautiful smile, and her hope for a better tomorrow for herself and all she loved.
Surviving, in addition to her parents Craig and Susan, is one sister, Kaitlyn (Nathan) LaRose of Allegany, N.Y.; one niece, Avery LaRose; maternal grandparents, John and Linda Kerr of Eldred; paternal grandmother, Phyllis Childs of Eldred; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Norman Childs; maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Langfitt; and uncle, Jack Bottorf.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Mike McAvoy, pastor of Open Arms Community Church, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Danni's Ripple Effect in care of Paula Thompson, 27 Kent Drive, Bradford, PA 16701; or the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA, 16701. Ali's family is asking for you to hug your loved ones tight. Put good into the world and remember time waits for no one.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 21 to Mar. 28, 2016