Died: June 25, 2012
Madison Alyssa Hair, whose bright shining smile was eclipsed only by the size of her loving heart, passed away Monday as a result of injuries she sustained in a car accident. Madison – beloved daughter, cherished sister, adored girlfriend and treasured friend – was the 19-year-old daughter of Joe and Jody Hair. She also leaves behind her brother Joey, beloved boyfriend Robbie Stewart, Paternal Grandparents Joe and Hortense Hair and Paternal Great- Grandmother Merle Hair. She was predeceased by her Maternal Grandparents Betty and Charles Mackey, her Paternal Great- Grandfather Joe Hair and her Maternal Great- Grandparents Frank and Hazel Duck.
Madison will be mourned by her Uncle Scott Hair, Uncle Patrick Hair (LeAnne), Aunt Camilla Hair Hudson (Chris), Aunt Kelly Duck Chisholm (Ken) and Great Aunts and Uncles, Juanita Mackey Lewandowski, Eddie Mackey (Carolyn), Lynn Mackey (Norma), Marilyn Mackey Burnett (Earl) and Carolyn “Kay” Mackey Fletcher. Madison dearly loved her cousins and they loved her too. She will be deeply missed by cousins Katie Hair and fiancé Bruce Koep, John Hair, Ashley Hair, Stephen Hudson, Andrew Hudson, David Hudson, Kristen Chisholm Williams (Nick), Kimberly Chisholm and Karlie Chisholm. In addition to countless other aunts, uncles and cousins, Madison will also be mourned by her cat, Sushi, who will miss her loving smile and welcoming arms.
Her friends and family have many memories of Madison, who attended Gulf Coast State College, but most of them begin with “remember that smile when she ….” Madison’s smile was simply unforgettable and she wore it proudly from the beginning to the end of each day. She brought love into the lives of countless friends, teachers, neighbors and even strangers. In fact, not a day has passed since her accident without someone sharing a “Madison changed my day” story.
Almost as if she knew she would be taken from us way too soon, Madison lived every day as though it were her last. She was an adventurous and brave soul, taking up cheerleading for her beloved Mosley High School as a junior and capturing the hearts of every sports fan at every event. She was involved in clubs, volunteered for charities and, even though she was terrified of needles, gave blood on a regular basis.
As a testament to her personality and the lives she touched, Madison’s passing is being mourned by people across the country, and even the world. The girl who dreamed of being famous left this life completely encircled in love, prayer, thanksgiving and hope. She will never be forgotten by friends or family, or even strangers, and the lessons she had to share with us about love, family, the importance of being grateful for each day and the simple things will be remembered forever.
Despite her too-short life, Madison will live on in more than just the memories of her loved ones. Honoring her strong desire to be an organ donor, Madison and her parents are sharing the gift of life with people across the country by donating her organs. Her smile, her loving heart and her Christian spirit will live on now forever in the lives of people who will never know her but will constantly be touched by her love for others.
Madison’s family would like to thank the amazing team of doctors and nurses who took care of her, particularly Candi, Leanne, Kerry, Donna, Christina, Michael and Kim. The family also wants to thank Nina, “our special angel”, who helped Madison right after the accident and Ray Wishart who has been a trusted friend, confidante, spiritual supporter and source of strength throughout this ordeal.
Honoring her love for her school, and the place that meant so much to her, services for Madison will be held at the Mosley High School gymnasium on Saturday, June 30th. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m. Everyone is asked to dress comfortably and to wear orange in remembrance of Madison’s love for her favorite color.
In lieu of flowers, or food, the family asks that people consider donating to charities that support three of Madison’s favorite causes. With a passion for teaching, Madison was a determined student who loved helping others and so a scholarship in her name has been set up through the Bay Education Foundation. Donations in Madison’s name can be made to the foundation at 1311 Balboa Ave., Panama City, FL 32401. Madison also loved animals dearly and so the family is asking that donations be made to support the Humane Society’s work with abandoned animals. Those donations can be mailed, in Madison’s memory, to 2620 E. 15th St., Panama City, FL 32401. And Madison’s last wish to one day adopt a foreign child in need, a thought she expressed often to her mother, will be honored by a fund that will support the Priscilla Children’s Home in Mumbai, India. Donations for this orphanage, in Madison’s name, may be mailed to the Friendship Centre, P.O. Box 15685, Panama City, FL 32406.
Although this is a time of grief and sadness, Madison would not want us to cry. Instead, she would want us to think of her and this old Eskimo proverb so that we could feel her love for us … “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
May you think of Madison and smile each night as the stars twinkle above us.
Wilson Funeral Home