Remembering Haven Memorial Live Stream at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 15th
UPDATE - Jan 10th, 2014
There will be a memorial service held on Wednesday, January 15th at 4:00 p.m. in the Flagler Room honoring the memory of Haven Shonio. All are welcome to attend. Her favorite color was purple and attendees are encouraged to wear something purple to the memorial.
Flagler College freshman Haven Shonio, 19, died in a car accident on December 13, 2013, in Jacksonville. Haven had just finished her first semester at Flagler and was on the way to the airport to return home to Stowe, Vermont.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 22, at 1 p.m. at the Stowe Community Church in Stowe, Vermont. Visitation is Saturday, December 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church. WhiteFiess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Two other Flagler students were also injured in the accident: Karen Gregory, 19, of Ponte Vedra Beach, and Melissa Martinez, 19, of Jacksonville.
Haven was an English major at Flagler, and had been actively involved with Flagler’s Home Team, a campus club that brings students together to do outreach projects in the St. Augustine community. She also worked in the Flagler College mailroom as a work grant student.
Even as a freshman, she had already made a strong impression on campus.
“She was such a great student,” said Kim Bradley, instructor of English and Haven’s adviser. “Haven will be remembered for her dry sense of humor — from the mailroom on campus where she was a work study to her own fiction, wise and sophisticated, reminiscent of Woody Allen's short stories. She was one of those students who would soon be a standout in the English department. I had big plans for Haven — I could see her working in the Writing Center, leading FLARE: The Flagler Review, writing more stories. We all can't believe she's gone.”
Katie Freyder, the student president of Home Team, said Haven attended every club event this year and was always having fun, no matter how hard they worked or how early they had to wake up on Saturdays to volunteer in the area.
“She was a very active member and really cared about what we as a club were doing in the community,” Freyder said. “She was so fun and I really enjoyed spending time with her at our events. She was an amazing person and will be greatly missed.”
Haven was born September 24, 1994 in Morrisville, Vt. She attended Stowe Elementary and Stowe Middle School and graduated from Stowe High School in June of this year. Haven was the recipient of four scholarships.
Haven had many enjoyments in her life, including her family, her “Sitta,” her pets, Kendall and Bagel, dear friends, movies, Tom Hanks, and going to the beach. She especially enjoyed Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Lake Willoughby, Vt. and St. Augustine Beach. She always wanted sand between her toes and the ocean breezes on her face. She was passionate about reading and writing, was a true wordsmith and dreamed of being published.
She is survived by her parents, Barry and Penny Shonio; her sister, Hannah Shonio; maternal grandparents, Gary and Betty Lacey; and paternal grandparents, Marten and Barbara Shonio.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Haven Sterling Shonio Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Union Bank, P.O. Box 419, Stowe, VT 05672.