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Monica Christina Stokely Obituary
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December 12, 2018

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January 4, 2018
Happy Birthday, Monica. My daughters ask about you, "Aunt Monica", frequently even though they never got to meet you. I miss you.
January 3, 2018
We Love You Monica!!
July 29, 2016
This summer I took a road trip to Florida, and wanted to stop by the University of Florida. I was interested in seeing the Wildlife Department there, and in meeting some of their staff. Monica's brother Murray has honored her memory by setting up a scholarship program with UF in 2007, which assists others with their dreams of working towards the conservation of our environment.

I was unable to meet the department chair, Eric Hellgren, as he was on vacation himself. He put me in touch with the department secretary, Elaine Culpepper though, who gave me a wonderful tour of the department! First, Elaine helped me to get a parking spot (no small feat!). Next, she introduced me to the person who actually sends out the scholarships in Monica's honor. We toured some of the department classrooms, and also met a couple of the professors. It was so exciting to learn more about the UF wildlife programs! Everyone I met there was so appreciative of the scholarships made possible by Monica's Memorial Fund, and emphasized how needed these funds were with the rising costs of education. I feel as if Monica is protecting another precious piece of our environment with each scholarship provided. I appreciate all that UF is doing in teaching their students to take better care of our world.

My next stop was Alpine Park in Switzerland, FL. As Monica's memorial service was held at this park, I wanted to plant a tree in her honor there. Monica's dad Murray and I planted two bald cypress there a few years back. When we went back to the park to check on the trees this summer, and they were both about a foot tall!

Monica's compassion and empathy also included those less fortunate than herself. When she was in Middle School with Thanksgiving coming up, Monica asked me if we were just going to sit around and eat for our Thanksgiving celebration. She went on to say that we should be helping at a soup kitchen somewhere instead. We served meals to the homeless that Thanksgiving, and learned to appreciate more of our blessings because of it! Meals are currently being taken to those on the verge of homelessness in an extended stay motel in Oakland, CA, on a monthly basis, in Monica's memory.

Monica's sweet spirit continues to live on through the love and compassion she has taught those close to her. You'll always be in our hearts Monica! We love you, Mom
January 3, 2013
Dearest Monica,
I think of you all the time. It's difficult to reflect upon how much time has passed. You had such a profound impact on me. I've had the honor of getting to know your beautiful mom. I believe that my relationship with her has helped me through the grieving process. I hope you won't kill me when we meet again but I gave your family a copy of our silly wheelchair racing. ;-) Don't worry because you were the only one behaving. I framed the baby tie-dye you made for Jackson. Max is now wearing the t-shirt. I miss you terribly and sometimes feel selfish for this. I know there is a reason that we became so close within the few years of our friendship. I will treasure it and all of my memories until I'm an old lady. :-) Love you my sweet, sweet Mon.