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"In her own words, she felt as if she had lost herself… She never wanted to leave; she just didn't know how to stay. "

AnaStacia  chose to end her journey here on this earth, October 10, 2021. AnaStacia was born, December 16, 1999, the daughter of Matthew T Sander and Jamie D Jennings.

As a child AnaStacia loved the woods, arts, and was quite the “fashionista”.  Attended grade school and middle school in Richmond Hill, Ga before the family moved to Stilson Ga.   Where she attended and graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School, with Honors, as a Beta Club Member, and also played Alto-Saxophone in the Southeast Bulloch High School Marching Band and Concert Band. She was also a member of the first ever Bulloch Blues Marching Band and marched with the band put after parade (in Washington DC) at the Cherry Blossom Parade and the Orlando Citrus Bowl Parade held on the streets of Downtown Orlando before New Year’s Day.   Both events featured marching bands from high schools from across the country.

After High School AnaStacia attended Georgia Southern University working towards a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Art History and Photography.   Her focus concentration was in Culture and Society.   At GSU she was a member of the Print & Paper Society, and Photography Club.  She also was a cast member and performed in the” Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  She enjoyed traveling, reading, animal rescue, baking, photography, visiting cemeteries, studying insects, family game nights, all things Lego, Harry Potter and of course ever since a being a child, “Alice in Wonderland”.  She was a proven artist and had pieces on display at GSU.  She expressed her inner self in her work, as for her, art and music were her escape.

Above all, animal rescue was closest to AnaStacia’s heart. she could not leave a stranded kitten! it had to come home to be cared for and of course spoiled rotten.  She also found comfort in baking and caring for her plants. If there was an empty tin can to be found, it needed to have something growing in it.

AnaStacia couldn’t wait to get her driver’s license-not because she wanted to drive, but because she was passionate about being an organ donor! When the license came in the mail, she immediately checked to make sure it was listed properly.  It was AnaStacia’s final wish to give the gift of life through organ, eye, and tissue donation.  She was young and healthy so THIS provided many gifts to those in need of life.

AnaStacia was vivacious, loyal, strong-willed, goofy, clumsy, kind, generous, and compassionate for the struggle of others.  She was selfless, yet independent, hardworking and a natural beauty, covered in freckles.  She loved family gatherings, playing games, making people laugh. She had a contagious laugh, just like her Great Grandmother, “GiGi”.   She left an immeasurable impression on every soul she touched. Little did any of us know what life was really like for her…

AnaStacia fought with Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, struggled with Depression, was in an abusive relationship and in the end tried to manage with medicines and substance abuse. We may never know all of what she was battling inside of her, only that it took her away from us. In her own words, she felt as if she had lost herself…  She never wanted to leave; she just didn’t know how to stay.

Suicide is a whispered word, inappropriate for polite company. Family and friends often pretend they do not hear the word’s dread sound even when it is uttered, for suicide is a taboo subject that stigmatizes not only the victim but the survivors as well.”  — Earl A Grollman

— Raise awareness and end the stigma. —

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