Angela Medina loved art class. She loved painting her nails, and baking cakes. She loved to joke, and she loved to smile, her teachers and friends say.
But, most of all, she loved her mother, Daisy.
Daisy Bedolla was by her daughter’s side in a Boise hospital last week, when bleeding in the brain suddenly, shockingly took Angela’s life on Nov. 27. She was 13 years old.
It’s been a long week since at Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum, where Angela was a member of the inaugural seventh-grade class.
“It’s such a small group, they’re all so close,” said Hemingway Principal Tish Short, who fought back tears during an interview Monday morning. “She was one of our little pioneers. The kids are having a hard time. Her teachers, Mr. [Kevin] Quaderer, Mr. [Ross] Parsons. It’s been really hard for them. It’s been hard for me, too. All of us.”
But, Short knows, hardest of all for Daisy. Bedolla’s husband, Angela’s father, died eight years ago, while the family still lived in Texas. Four years ago, they moved to the valley. Medina went to Hailey Elementary School for third through fifth grade, before transferring to Hemingway last year.
“Daisy, she only had Angela,” Short said.
So through their tears, Hemingway—and Hailey, and Ketchum—are rallying for one of their own. Bedolla’s employer, Alpine Lodging, set up a GoFundMe campaign to help her as she misses work while in mourning, to cover the costs of her daughter’s last few days, which included an emergency Life Flight to Boise, and aid in burial expenses.
As of noon Tuesday, “Gathering Support for Daisy in Memory of Angela” had amassed $13,591 in six days since it was launched, with 213 people contributing. It’s already surpassed its $10,000 goal, but remains open for donations. To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, or learn more about Angela’s life, visit gofundme.com/Gathering-Support-for-Daisy-In-Memory-of-Angela.