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The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank's mission is to fulfill the wishes of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness. The families of the donors below have chosen to honor the legacy left by their loved ones: the legacy of sight given to another through eye donation. Each of these donors moves, humbles and inspires us every day.

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In Loving Memory of

Remi Stukey

April 10, 2001 to September 25, 2017


Remi had the prettiest eyes we have ever seen. They were the bluest of blue and she had lashes that seemed to go on for miles. She often got compliments about her eyes, her perfectly straight and white smile, and her waist long shiny blond hair. She was beautiful, on the inside and out. She was very shy and quiet, but you always knew what she was thinking by the look in her eyes. Remi was very serious, but she also had a silly, funny side. Her greatest passion in life was competitive gymnastics. She was petite and strong – the perfect build for a gymnast. She was at the top of her game all of her gymnastic's career. All of the little girls at gymnastics wanted to grow up and be just like Remi because she was kind, beautiful, and an excellent gymnast wrapped into one. Remi was a dare devil at heart. She loved jumping off the roof onto the trampoline as early as six years old. She taught herself how to do a back handspring on a balance beam in her bedroom when she was home alone and then sent me a video to show me what she had learned. She liked doing backflips into her aunt's swimming pool and was brave enough to zip line while hanging upside down while in Mexico. She was as fast and strong as the boys; and in fifth grade she beat every boy in her class in arm wrestling matches. She loved eating Mexican food and watching scary movies. If a new scary movie came out then you could bet we'd be at the movie theater seeing it that weekend. She recently saw It and couldn't wait to see it again. She showed her nine-year-old sister pictures of Pennywise (a scary clown from the movie) and her sister was terrified. Remi had a serious side as well. She was a model student and was adored by her teachers. She paid attention in class and always put 100% into her schoolwork. She thought of school as her job, but could be too hard on herself. She had her adult life mapped out as well. She wanted to be a dental hygienist and have two kids when she grew up. She had even had a mental list of names for her future children. She'd often ask me what I thought of them because I liked unique names as well. Remi was a little sister and a big sister. The big sister crown is the one she adored the most. She was an amazing sister and spent countless hours with her nine-year-old sister making slime, dancing, doing hair and make-up, applying face masks, jumping on the trampoline, playing on tablets, and being silly. Remi had an adorable snort when she laughed really hard. Seeing is something we have never taken for granted in our family. Remi's big brother has Marfan's Syndrome and his lenses are detached. He will eventually need a complete lens transplant, but he isn't quite there yet. Remi was a model child. She had never been sent to the principal's office or even grounded at home. She treated people kindly and had set high standards for herself. She was very mature in her thinking and carried this out in her actions. To us, Remi was a perfect daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. We miss her dearly, but we are glad that a part of her lives on through the donation of her beautiful eyes.


~ Sarah, Remi's mother