Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Edwarda O'Bara at 2 days old in March 1953; she was Kathryn and Joe O'Bara's first child. "All I ever wanted in life was to have two girls," Kathryn once said. "God was very good and granted me my wish."
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Joe O'Bara feeding Edwarda; he died six years after his daughter fell into her diabetic coma, the strain of working three jobs to pay her medical bills too much.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Edwarda in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather was the town's mayor. Eventually, the O'Bara family settled in South Florida.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – When she was 3, Edwarda appeared on the TV show "Romper Room."
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Like so many girls, Edwarda loved horses -- even the wooden variety.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – The O'Bara family in June 1957 at Ligonier Beach, Pennsylvania. Mother and daughter were close; shortly before she fell into a coma, Edwarda asked her mother, "Don't ever leave me." Her mother promised she never would.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Edwarda and her younger sister Colleen in 1960 -- nine years before Edwarda would fall into a coma. Her cousin Pam Burdgick went to college in South Florida in the 1960s and remembered Edwarda as "a sweet, loving child."
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Edwarda and Colleen dressed as ballerinas. Born just 18 months apart, the sisters were inseparable. Edwarda was the studious, obedient, loving child. Colleen was the mischievous tomboy.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Edwarda as a young teen; "She kept me in check," Colleen recalls. "I had a short fuse on my temper when we were younger. My sister was just calm. She put up with me unbelievably."
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Edwarda with her horse Moonlight in 1967; at a nearby ranch, the sisters' friendship grew. "Colleen had horses, and Edwarda had a pony because she was always the cautious one," their cousin Pam Burdgick said.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – A rabbi from New York was among the thousands of people -- from Japan to Australia, from Italy to Canada -- who made a pilgrimage to the O'Bara home, inspired by the devotion of her mother. Many were drawn because they believed Edwarda had miracle healing powers.
Edwarda O'Bara, 1953-2012 – Colleen got married in 1974 to Richard Owen, with the reception held in Edwarda's room. Colleen gave birth to a son in 1976, just eight days after her father died. Colleen's marriage lasted only six years.