“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not if you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is thereby not diminished.” – Michael Strassfeld

Casey Colley was that iridescent light to so many. Full of life, Casey seized every moment
with great passion and zest. With her spirituality as her foundation, she shined bright all over the world, including trips to Jamaica, Florida, the Ozarks in Arkansas and New Orleans. Israel, ultimately, was her favorite place to visit.

As a third generation Holocaust survivor, Casey proudly spoke of her Opa, and how much his survival of the Holocaust meant to her. She never wanted it to be forgotten for fear of it repeating herself. This passion – both for her family and spirituality – overflowed into the lives of others.

Along with her Opa, she was incredibly close to her Mother, Father, Stepfather, Omi and her cousin Danielle. Shug, her pit bull, and two turtles, Yolo and Sebastian, made up her animal family at home. Casey was the type of person that loved whole-heartedly; she loved Josh and Gage Dean as her own little family. Her friends were equally as important to her.

Casey never met a stranger. Many say the first time they met her, they felt as if they had been friends forever. She had a way to bring a smile to anyone’s face, whether it was through conversation or while dancing. Music and attending concerts, specifically Lil’ Wayne and Bonnaroo, respectively, were some of Casey’s favorite pastimes.

She would do anything for anyone in need, whether friend or stranger, and she never missed an opportunity to capture it all in pictures. Casey was taken from this Earth on December 4, 2013. She was coming home on Louisiana State Highway 3132 that evening, when a vehicle approaching from the opposite side of the highway struck her head on. Had there been cable barriers, we could possibly still be enjoying her big smile and intoxicating laughter.