Remembering Lily

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

"She was playful and had an infectious giggle that would just make you laugh forever."

She was five and half year old Lily Stellanger of Leslie. A tiny spitfire, she passed away from a massive head injury sustained in a car accident. But in her tragic death came the gift of life.

"They've already matched two of her kidneys and her liver," says her paternal grandmother Margo Steadman-Jersey.

Lily's parents, Joshua and Gwyneth Stellanger, made the difficult decision after taking their daughter off of life support Saturday morning.

"They felt it was the one last great thing Lily could do in her little short life."

The accident happened Thursday night and is still under investigation. Mason police say the Stellanger's vehicle was rear-ended at full speed on Kipp Road near the 127 exit ramp. Lily, along with her one and half year old brother Merrick, suffered serious injuries. Merrick was discharged from the Sparrow Hospital Saturday night.

"They were real pals whether she was pushing him down or giving him a hug. She loved her brother and he's going to miss her."

As will the rest of those who knew the little girl. For all that's left now, are the memories.

"Her beauty. Her bright eyes. Her dimples when she smiled. Her gorgeous black hair and her energy, her loving, incredible energy."

That will live on in the lives that she saved.

Her family has set up the "Lily Fund" at area National City Bank branches. It will go towards helping with medical and funeral expenses. Donations can also be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program in honor of Lily.


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