BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of people gathered Monday to celebrate the life of Sierra Jones, a young lady whose final words on Facebook continue to touch lives all over the world. The 19-year old college student from Jackson County was killed in a car crash on Highway 49 last Monday. Sierra was remembered for her love of family, friends, and faith.
"Sierra was those Irises, lovely and beautiful and majestic," said St. Martin High Assistant Principal Mary Miller.
In life, Sierra Jones touched the lives of so many people and continues to do so in death. Her post on Facebook, the day before she died in a tragic car crash, gave those who are grieving much comfort.
"Why, why did you do this? And the answer is simple. Impact," said Sierra's dad, Roshaun Jones.
That impact is being felt by many of her friends and former classmates at St. Martin High School.
"I always doubted beliefs, especially since her last post was "I know for a fact God is real." I think it shook our community and actually made us feel," said Sierra's friend, Rex Ravita.
"Like her last post, everyone's been saying that 'I know for a fact God is real.' That makes me more of a believer and it just hurts inside to know that she's gone," said St. Martin High JROTC member Strahd Zarley.
Sierra's declaration of her faith filled the hearts of hundreds of people who attended her funeral at the Frank Gruich Community Center in Biloxi. The service included a poem written by her sister, Savannah, expressions of love from her grandparents and pastors, and a video of the song "A Mother's Prayer" that Sierra wrote and recorded.
"She was always there for me when I needed her and I just need to come to celebrate her life and her home going and just give thanks to her for what she has done for me and pray for her family," said her friend, Marissa Taylor.
Sierra's family members say they miss her loving spirit, a strong-willed, sweet, smart young lady who was ready to answer God's call.
"He allowed us to give her everything she needed to make it to heaven," said Sierra's mom, Sarah Jones. "I pray to God that you do not allow my daughter's death to be vain. The greatest thing that would give me peace and solace in this moment is those you who heard her last words, would heed the call for Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior."
Sierra was laid to rest at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Her former JROTC classmates at St. Martin started a collection to help the Jones family with funeral expenses.