This is one of Daddy's favorite photos.
July 27, 2017
Kiara Anne Patricia David Cutting, age 14, of Clarksville, TN was born October 16, 2002, in Tampa, FL, to David Laurence Cutting and Anne Marie David Cutting, and was called Home to Heaven on April 12, 2017 from Vanderbilt Childrens' Hospital, Nashville, 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 cheerleading 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 Elinor Elisabeth David Cutting, 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 this year in The Dominican Republic. She was 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 on earth included her brother, Brian David Cutting, her big sister, Carolyn Alice Cutting, her little sister, Lorraine Elinor Elisabeth David Cutting, and her brother, Sean Andrew Cutting. Joining from Indiana were her cousin, Marc Henri David, and aunt, Donabel David. Josh, whose loyalty is unquestioned, remained at Kiara's side.
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, all of whom miss her. As it's beautiful spring weather now, we would expect to see Kiara walking Lisa, riding her bicycle at Greenway, and swimming in our backyard pool, but we're left to picture her enjoying these things as we continue our walks through life. 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, my darling, you remain deeply loved and missed by those whose lives you touched.
Kiara's organs saved the lives of 5 people. An 18 yo girl has her right kidney, an 11 yo girl has her liver, a 34 yo married woman with 2 children has her left kidney and pancreas, a 57 yo woman has her lungs, and a 12 yo boy has our precious daughter's heart. We're told all are very grateful, and we hope to someday meet them. Kiara's life is thus very honored.
Kiara's sophomore year at West Creek High School would have again included all honors classes, plus AP European History, to which she was really looking forward, as she would have had 10 days next summer touring Italy and Germany with her teacher and some classmates. In this lifetime I will never get over the fact that she and I had only 14 1/2 years together.
David Cutting, father, June 8, 2017
Kiara's West Creek Middle School won a 2015 robotics award.
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
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.
Big Brother (and Godfather) Brian holds baby Kiara, while Joshua Alexander observes.
On Sunday night, November 26, 2017, I went to bed and closed my eyes to fall asleep. I quickly realised I couldn't sleep, and rapidly opened my eyes, to behold a glorious vision! It was my now 15 year-old daughter, Kiara. She was her usual beautiful and smiling self, but this time her face and hair were glistening, as was the beautiful new blue dress she was wearing. She said, in her own voice, "I love you Daddy," and disappeared. I view this as God's way of letting me know my daughter is safe and happy with Him in Heaven, and Kiara's way of telling me to share her love with all those who love her. All praises to the Lord!
Baby Kiara in NY for big sister's wedding. With her are her big brothers and sisters.
We gathered together hoping for a miracle.
July 31, 2017
Canoeing is a family sport.
Lorraine & Kiara, 12/24/2012, on our Christmas visit to Tampa, FL
Kiara prepared a PowerPoint to convince us to adopt Lucky, our friendly parakeet.
Every night since Kiara left Lisa sleeps outside her empty bedroom.
Kiara's extended family always loves her.
Today, July 25, 2017, is set aside for family visitation and praying.
Anna, Shamya, Felicity, Ashley, & Kiara
December 1, 2016, at the Parthenon
Daddy honors Kiara's memory by lunching on a veggie wrap in her favorite restaurant, Don't Have a Cow.
Kiara loves eating at Chipotle's.
Best friends, Lorraine and Kiara
Kiara in the car with Lisa
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.
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.
Destiny's Christmas tree ornament
The 3 of us on 8/29/2013
Kiara honors her gifted teacher, Michael Cleghorn, citing him as her favorite middle school teacher.