Tonight, friends and family will gathere to remember a 13-year-old girl who loved art, animals and wanted to travel the world helping others.
A celebration of Andrea Bower's life will take place today at 7 p.m. at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Rd. in Riverview.
Bower, a student at Guinta Middle School in Riverview, was killed Nov. 16 while attempting to cross Bloomingdale Avenue to board the school bus at Las Brisas Drive at about 8:30 a.m.
Family members describe Bower, nicknamed "Peachie," as a kind, compassionate, free-spirited youngster who wanted to someday travel the world, working for charities and exploring new cultures.
Those attending tonight's memorial are urged to wear her favorite color, purple. And, in lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made in her honor to a local animal shelter or wildlife conservation fund.
The family will meet with guests prior to the service at 6 p.m.
Bower is survived by her mother, Katharine Bower; brother, Jacob; grandmother, Jennifer Northcott; aunt, Heather Bower; great-grandparents, Jack and Joyce Bower; great-aunts and uncles, Jack (Beverly) Bower Jr., Jon Bower, Jeff Bower, Janice (Dennis) Bennett, James Bower and Joy Tolbert; several cousins and friends; and James and Alana Williams.
A fund has been established in her memory at the Copper Bell Cafe in Riverview where Andrea Bower's mother worked.
Residents may drop off cash, gift cards and checks payable to "Katharine Bower" at the Copper Bell Cafe, at 11228 Boyette Rd., Riverview.
Donations can be made online as well.
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