September 3, 2010
A "celebration of life" service held for a slain 14-year-old girl was attended by family and friends in Great Bend Friday.
The service for Alicia DeBolt was held at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God in Great Bend. The Rev. Kyle Ermoian officiated. A private family inurnment took place after the service.
Alicia's family last saw her late on the night of Aug. 21, when she left home to go to a party. Her burned body was found three days later at an asphalt plant outside Great Bend.
No one has yet been charged in her death, but a so-called person of interest has been arrested on vehicular burglary and theft charges related to a van stolen from the asphalt plant where the body was found.
The following statement, written by Tammy Conrad and the immediate family of Alicia Danielle Debolt, was read during the Celebration of Life Service on Friday, September 3, 2010:
The family of Alicia Danielle Debolt would like to thank our community and beyond for their show of support and acts of kindness that have given us the strength to face the unimaginable. The kindness from those who knew Alicia and those who didn't has been incredible. Our family is getting through this with the grace of God and the love of close family and friends. Your memories of Alicia have been joined with ours and have given us all a portrait of Alicia; a vision of color and life.
Alicia was a kind, caring and loving person. She saw what was good in people and never knew a stranger. She was there to listen when someone was feeling down; giving comfort and hope and always a smile. She saw the beauty in everyone and everything. She had a vision of what things were supposed to be.
Alicia loved children and they adored her. She was their beacon of light and they were her future. She drew people together and tried to fix what was broken around her. Alicia spoke her mind. and it was an off the wall mind. She was generous with her time and her possessions, and she forgave when she was wronged.
Alicia had her own style. She cared about how she looked and what she was wearing. She put her own unique flair on everything she wore. She bedazzled, painted and sparkled till it was "Aliciafied." As an assignment, Alicia wrote about inventing a mirror that would show her what a piece of clothing would look like on her without actually trying it on. She wanted things to be easier and it certainly would have kept her room cleaner. She was a true beauty inside and out.
She did things in her own time, in her own way. She went to school on her time, she did chores on her time, she was even born 2 weeks after her due date and and everyone followed her time because Alicia was never late. Alicia expressed her love in many ways. She greeted you with a smile, a hug or a "Hey Sunshine!"
Alicia's body was taken from us, but her spirit remains in each of us. She continues to show us her heart in many ways. We see her in the clouds and hear her in the wind. She shows her style and her love in every rainbow. She wants us to smile and be kind to one another. But most importantly, she wants us to live like there's no tomorrow.