Kiara Cutting was born 10/16/02, in Tampa, FL, to David L. Cutting and Anne Marie Cutting, and on 5/20/05 we moved to Clarksville, TN. Kiara was an A honor roll student at every school attended, including Moore Magnet Elementary (skipped 3rd grade), West Creek Middle, Kenwood STEM Academy, and West Creek High Schools. She was president of the Jr. Beta Club at Moore Magnet Elementary and West Creek Middle Schools. She was in choir, band, Jr. Civitans, and robotics at West Creek Middle School, and in choir, piano, and cheer leading at West Creek High School. Among her favorite activities were the annual father daughter balls, which she attended every year beginning in 2006.
Her younger sister, Lorraine, is shown above left, and Kiara is above right.
Kiara was a Duke University TIP Scholar, a Loyola University Chicago Scholar, a UT-Knoxville
Engineering Scholar, a Camp Invention Counselor-In-Training, and an Austin Peay State
University Leadership Camp Alumni. She was also a Double Gold Cup Pianist, a former
student at Roxy Regional Theatre School of the Arts, and a Natalie's Dance Studio performer.
She loved travel, and had been to New York, Indiana, and Florida several times, The
Philippines twice, Washington D.C., Virginia, Chicago, Canada, and The Bahamas, and was
looking forward to vacationing in The Dominican Republic. She is a devout Christian, and a
confirmed member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, whose preschool she attended when
still a toddler.
Close family members with Kiara through her final days included her brothers, Brian and
Sean, her older sister, Carolyn, and her younger sister, Lorraine. Joining from Indiana were
her cousin, Marc David, and aunt, Donabel David.
Kiara and her boyfriend, Joshua McKinley, campaigning Kiara, Lorraine, and Sidney, dress up time
Kiara loved spending time with her boyfriend, Joshua McKinley, and playing with Lisa, our
beagle, Benji, our guinea pig, and Lucky, our parakeet. In summers we would see her walking Lisa, riding her bicycle at Greenway, and swimming in our backyard pool. Her goal was to be West Creek High School's Class of 2020 valedictorian, study at Vanderbilt University, and, as a neonatologist, save the lives of premature babies.
Kiara's organs saved the lives of 5 people. An 18 year old girl has her right kidney, an 11 year
old girl has her liver, a 34 year old woman has her left kidney and pancreas, a 57 year old
woman has her lungs, and a 12 year old boy has our precious daughter's heart. All are very
grateful, and we hope to someday meet them. Kiara's life is very honored.
Kiara's sophomore year at West Creek High School would have again included all honors
classes, plus AP European History, and she would have had 10 days in the Summer of 2018 touring Italy
and Germany with her teacher and some classmates.
David Cutting, father, 7/1/18
Kiara and her beloved beagle, Lisa, are very close, and Lisa starts her evening sleep on the floor outside Kiara’s bedroom. When I took this photo Lisa made sounds similar to a crying baby. All of us who always love Kiara deeply miss her.
Big Brother (and Godfather) Brian holds baby Kiara, while Joshua Alexander observes.
We gathered together hoping for a miracle.
Canoeing is a family sport.
Anna, Shamya, Felicity, Ashley, & Kiara
December 1, 2016, at the Parthenon
Every night since Kiara left Lisa sleeps outside her empty bedroom.
July 27, 2017
Her favorite restaurant is Don't Have a Cow.
Kiara and Joshua, looking all grown up and ready to leave for a military ball, while still in their early teens
July 31, 2017
Everywhere I roam my heart melts as I think of Kiara's winning smile. I tell her that I forever cherish that moment in the hospital on Monday afternoon, 4/10/2017 when she responded to my voice, "Kiara it's Daddy and I love you" by opening her eyes and looking lovingly at Lorraine and me before returning to Heaven.
Kiara's extended family always loves her.
Kiara prepared a PowerPoint to convince us to adopt Lucky, our friendly parakeet.
Destiny's Christmas tree ornament
Daddy honors Kiara's memory by lunching on a veggie wrap in her favorite restaurant, Don't Have a Cow.
Kiara's West Creek Middle School won a 2015 robotics award.
Lisa, Kiara, & Lorraine, Dunlop Park, 10/3/2013
Lorraine, Kiara, Victoria, & Daddy, about to enjoy a Nashville Sounds game, but only after eating a ballpark lunch.
Today, July 25, 2017, is set aside for family visitation and praying.
Best friends, Lorraine and Kiara
Kiara in the car with Lisa
Kiara honors her gifted teacher, Michael Cleghorn, citing him as her favorite middle school teacher.
This is one of Daddy's favorite photos.
Lorraine and Kiara
Lorraine & Kiara were never in the dog house, but on 1/31/2012 they were certainly on it!
The 3 of us on 8/29/2013
Beautiful Girls with their Mommy
Lorraine & Kiara, 12/24/2012, on our Christmas visit to Tampa, FL
Kiara loves eating at Chipotle's.
A few days before Kiara was called away from this world I took this selfie of her and me watching Lorraine perform at the Roxy Theatre. We were all very happy.
Kiara, friend Victoria, and Lorraine, at Clarksville's Cheddar's restaurant opening, June 18, 2013