When Mariah was just 5 years old, the pastor at church asked those who wished to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to please come forward. Without hesitating, Mariah immediately got up from her seat and walked down the aisle as multiple adults followed behind her. She was very forthcoming about her love and devotion to the Lord
Mariah was brave from a young age, often testing her limits on the playground. As she got older, she was witty, funny and enjoyed making people laugh. She loved being a Girl Scout growing up and singing songs she had learned on camping trips. She also loved swimming and the ocean. As she got older, Mariah developed a huge heart for animals and she kept her home full of God’s creatures. She had two beautiful cats, Bella and Stella; a beloved bearded dragon, Zazu; a gerbil, One-eyed Willie; and, hamster, Cookie.
With Mariah’s passion for helping people she was pursuing a career in criminal justice. Her true love, however, was being a Mommy to her baby girl, Athena Marie, born in October 2020. Motherhood put an extra sparkle in Mariah’s eyes and her heart just beamed with pride.
Mariah’s favorite movie of all time was The Lion King. She lived her life with a Hakuna Matata outlook and as Mariah’s beautiful daughter Athena grows up, she too will have no worries and will know that her Mommy “lives in her”.
Submitted by Paula, Donor Mother