By Amanda Moore – Amelia’s mother….
Amelia Dior Keown was born on March 27th, 1996 weighing 8 lbs and 9 oz. She was the light of my life, and her Papa and Nanny. She was always extremely smart, and funny. Always kind to others, and had a smile that would light up a room. When she was 7, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and she decided she wanted to be a nurse to help people. She was always very concerned with the feelings of others and making sure people were OK.
She was always like my little nurse, she would say Mama- check your blood sugar, Mama- you have to eat. She was my daughter, but she was also my best friend. Every good memory of my adult life, she was always right by my side. She loved to cheer, she was on a competitive team and then her school team. Her favorite subject was math. She had crazy curly hair that she hated, so she usually straightened it. She had beautiful green eyes. In her sophomore year, she joined the dance team at William Blount and LOVED it. She said dance was her happiest place. She considered those girls her family too. We lived in Murfreesboro until 2009 and moved here when I married my husband Will. Will never called Amelia his stepdaughter, she was his daughter. And her stepsister Macy, those girls were sisters through and through.
In 2010, Will and I got pregnant with Chloe. Amelia wasnt too happy at first, so one day she said Well, if you are going to have a baby, can I name her? I said OK, you can, while secretly hoping she didnt name her Gertrude or Bertha. She picked Chloe and Macy picked Olivia. On December 4th, 2010 Chloe Olivia Moore was born and Amelia instantly fell in love. That was her baby sister. Amelia had written a bucket list and on one of the lines she wrote ” To be the best big sister and always be there for my baby sister”. She also wanted to go to Paris. We went to Disneyworld every year, but she wanted to go overseas so bad. Her favorite vacation ever was the Grand Canyon and Sedona Arizona. We traveled as much as we could, I wanted her to experience as many different places as possible. Amelia was always very driven and focused when it came to school. She maintained honor roll her entire time in school.
Over the summer, we had been talking about getting her first car. We had taken her to Knoxville to have professional driving lessons after we had taught her while she had her permit for 6 months. I wanted someone else to drive with her and tell me she was ready. Well, he said she was absolutely ready. I was so proud of her. Part of the deal of getting her a car was that she had to have a job. She got her first job at Rack Room Shoes. She loved it!
Amelia was always good about saving money, but after she started her job, she made sure she got me, my husband and her sisters gifts each time she got paid. She was managing school, dance,and work. She got her license on July 13th, she had been counting down the days. It was one of the happiest days of her life. She only had her license a month and a day when she was killed.