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