Courageous young woman Ta’Bria Neosha Collier crosses over

| May 22, 2014
Photo of Celia Reed and her daughter Ta’Bria Neosha Collier

Celia Reed and her daughter Ta’Bria Neosha Collier. (Courtesy photo)

Editor’s note: In the May 15, 2013 edition of Frost Illustrated, we published a piece by staff writer Jeanie Summerville on a courageous young woman named Ta’Bria Neosha Coliier.  We also published a follow up article on this extraordinary young woman in our July 31, 2013 edition.  We recently received word that Ta’Bria has gone on to her reward in Glory. The following is a tribute to her and obituary given to us by her family. The staff of Frost Illustrated offers our condolences but recognizes that her family and everyone around her were blessed during her earthly life and that Ta’Bria herself was blessed to enjoy a quality of life too many of us miss.

FORT WAYNE—Ta’Bria Neosha Collier was granted her angel wings on Monday, May 19, 2014 at home at 12:58 a.m. with her number two mommy Celia by her side.

Ta’Bria was born on Nov. 28, 1994 in Kokomo, Ind.Her life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Ta’Bria taught many lessons on her life’s journey. She gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life by defying the odds, and living beyond the medical communities expectations.

Ta’Bria was a member of the class of 2013, graduated from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne. She received several awards as well as a presidential acknowledgement by Barack Obama. She was an honorary member of the Girl Scouts of America, and she was dedicated to the Lord by Elder Jack Woodard, pastor of Straitgate Ministries on May 14, 1995.

Ta’Bria was selected to participate in “Make a Wish” and seven walk-a-thons to raise money and awareness for the disease that weakened her body but, encouraged her spirit. Ta’Bria joined Gomez Temple A.M.E. Church immediately when she moved to Fort Wayne in 2008.

She enjoyed making bookmarks for the sick and shut in, and choosing the colors to make pillows and blankets that were donated to the pediatric critical care units at Lutheran Hospital and Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after she graduated. Ta’Bria also enjoyed Skyping with some of her classmates at Homestead High. Jordan Blevins was her special reading partner.

She leaves to cherish her wonderful memory: her adopted mother Celia Reed Collier, her biological mother Lakeysha Woodard. Her father William Grandville Collier, preceded her in death. She is also survived her brothers William Collier II, Josiah Collier, John Woodard, Keysham Woodard and special brother Corey (Clanae’) Tarrance; special sister Lakesha Tarrance; grandparents; Peggy Collier (the late Joe Collier Jr.) and Roland (Gayla) Tyler (the late Ethel Tyler; great grandmother Dozie Tyler (the late Roland Tyler Sr.); aunts Linda Collier, Chondra (Trevon) Reed and Keilee Fowler; uncles Roland (Rebecca) Tyler III and  Joe (Felicia) Collier III.; nieces Carsen and Aaliyah Collier, and a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded into Glory by her late great grandmother And the late Emmaline Rogers.

A private immediate “family only” viewing was held Thursday May 22, 2014. Visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m., May 23, 2014 followed by the celebration of life service at noon at Refreshing Springs Church of God and Christ, 3112 Easy St. in Kokomo. Internment will be in Crown Point cemetery, Kokomo.

Donations can be sent to Families of SMA in memory of Ta’Bria. 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove, Ill. 60007.

Online condolences can be left at

Arrangements were entrusted to Bluitt & Son Funeral Home.


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