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" Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same. "

- Flavia Weed

 

Alyssa's Story

 

On April 14, 1988 a performer was born.  Alyssa Ann Little was not your typical middle child.  She was a dreamer from the start.  She was raised in Richardson, Texas and had a sparkle for life. Alyssa and her sister Jennifer created their own radio shows and loved playing pretend.  She loved playing school with her sometimes unwilling younger brother Bret.  In her younger years at Canyon Creek Elementary, Alyssa loved playing pretend and acting out different characters.  She had blonde curls, hazel eyes and a scratchy voice that sounded like Kermit the frog on Sesame Street.  For almost every school talent show, Alyssa would excitedly volunteer to participate. She loved to coordinate dances with her girlfriends and dazzle the crowd. At family functions, she would bring out her boom box so she could show everyone her latest choreography. She loved slumber parties and writing stories.

 

Even with all her charisma, Alyssa was picked on and bullied frequently as a child because of her weight.  She also dealt with normal sister –sibling rivalry, and her mom and dad’s divorce, the combination of which created some low self-esteem issues.  Throughout it all, Alyssa was able to overcome her setbacks through self-assurance and laughter.

 

During her adolescent years at North Junior High and JJ Pearce High School, Alyssa really began to blossom.  She started to accept herself and her confidence and self-esteem improved drastically.  She became a social butterfly and was very involved with friends and school activities.

 

Throughout her high school and college years, Alyssa became outgoing, witty, and made friends easily. She lived for the social events and parties and was passionate about her many friendships. Alyssa has been described as loyal, honest, protective, silly, caring, and most of all, real.  Alyssa loved jamming to rap music in her car, acting silly/goofy with her friends and being in the spot light.

 

Alyssa worked hard and played hard. She made good grades and still made time for a social life. In college, she was an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and participated on the social and membership committees. She made every moment count and the best memories she made came from the simplest times. Alyssa was always dancing, singing, and making everyone laugh.

 

 Alyssa graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in broadcast journalism and after graduation decided to go into public relations.   Alyssa demonstrated determination, confidence, structure, and a rule of “No Regrets”.  Alyssa never gave up, she never settled for less than what she wanted. She would pursue every dream, every passion, and every goal.

 

Alyssa was always the entertainer and had dreams of fame.  She enrolled in improv comedy classes at the Dallas Comedy House to help work toward her goal of making this dream a reality. After every class, she would beam about how exciting and thrilling each experience was. She truly loved her experience at DCH. It brought her so much happiness to just be a part of something so special.

 

Another goal that Alyssa achieved was her dream of visiting Los Angeles.  She and her friends made the journey to the west coast to the land of the rich and famous.  After their trip Alyssa knew this is where she needed to be.  She aspired to join Hollywood’s Groundlings Improv group and be a star. She was on cloud nine.

 

On her 23 birthday Alyssa’s life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident.  Through this foundation, Alyssa’s friends and family strive to keep her memory, passion and aspirations alive.

 

Alyssa Ann Little was truly an inspirational person who made you want more for yourself and taught you to appreciate your life. She loved to dance and laugh and have fun. She hated being rushed and took her time in life. She loved her family, her friends and her life so passionately and never held a grudge. Alyssa loved, laughed and lived her life to the fullest; she was truly one-of-a-kind. A dreamer, a thinker, a comedian, an analyst, a fighter, an individual.

 

Alyssa is missed more than words can express.

 

The foundation was established to honor the legacy of Alyssa Little

and runs entirely on donations. Please help us keep her memory alive,

and make a charitable donation today. Our love is forever yours, Alyssa.