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Rianna Woolsey (17) was killed when she lost control of her Jetta and hit a tree
Published: Oct 26, 2006 @ 11:00 PM
Rianna Woolsey (17)
Dec 07, 2005
Cause of Death:
Automobile Accident (Tree)
Coto de Caza, CA
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Rianna Woolsey's smile lit up every room she entered.
When she wasn't dancing with fellow Tesoro High song leaders or shopping up a storm, Woolsey took meals to seniors with the National Charity League.
More than 1,300 people packed two tents at Saddleback Church to celebrate Woolsey, a vibrant 16-year-old Tesoro High School junior who died in a car accident Wednesday in Coto de Caza.
Many wore pink - a nod to Woolsey's favorite color.
The 10 speakers, including friends, neighbors, coaches and Pastor Doug Elliott, told stories about Woolsey's life that brought both laughter and tears.
Susan Mills, 46, recalled neighborhood Halloween parties at which Woolsey dressed up as a princess.
"That's probably what started her Coach and Tiffany's obsessions," Mills said.
Friends highlighted Woolsey's life through song - "For Good" and "I Will Remember You" sung by Jenna Brown, Stacy Landers, Tory Sanders, Melissa Erbas-White, Lauren Mooshagian and Ashley Maietta; and "I Hope You Dance" and "There You'll Be" sung by Carter Mills.
Childhood friends Courtney Folino and Lauren Seaber told of sleepovers, eating salted pickles and playing Spice Girls - Woolsey always as Baby Spice.
Folino last saw her a few months ago. "I remember driving her home and thinking, 'Wow, what a smart, beautiful, compassionate person she's become,'" Folino, 19, said.
Woolsey was the first friend Katie Rafael made at Tesoro.
Rafael remembered her friend as a smart aleck who would eat all of the candy in the house.
Nancy Kraus, Woolsey's boss at a scrapbooking store in Rancho Santa Margarita, read "A Child of Mine," a poem by Edgar Guest that reminded listeners of how unsure life can be.
Woolsey lost control of her Volkswagen Jetta en route to a pep squad holiday party Wednesday night, hitting a tree along Coto de Caza Drive.
In his message, Elliott said even a short life can leave a legacy.
He said Scott Woolsey, Rianna's father, asked him to emphasize how important it is to make good decisions and be safe. Rianna is also survived by her mother, Tania; her brothers Matt, 22, and Graham, 14; and her sister, Noelle, 11.
"A tragedy for one can result in life for thousands," Elliott said.
1,300 remember student killed in crash
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