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Falecia Jean Pfister, daughter of Fred and Faye (Coonts) Pfister, Branson, Mo., died Jan. 22. She was 32.
Falecia was the granddaughter of Alfred and Daisy Coonts, Evans, Mo., and Moses Strong.
She is survived by a host of Douglas County aunts, uncles, and cousins; her godmother, Patty (Davis) Nitzschke, Springfield, Mo.; her godfather, Jon Looney, Denver, Colo.; classmates and friends from Branson and MSU; and many friends who suffered with various forms of mental illness.
Falecia suffered from bipolar disorder, and took her life by an overdose of prescription drugs. She had made arrangements to be an organ and tissue donor at age 16.
Falecia was born April 27, 1980, prematurely at a pound and a half in Cox North, at a time when Springfield, Mo., did not have a neonatologist. Her weight dropped down to 15 ounces, and she spent 4 months in the ICU. Because there was so little information available about prematurity for parents and a general audience, her father and pediatrician, Dr. Bernard Griesemer, wrote a book, “The Littlest Baby: A Handbook for Parents of Premature Children,” about her story, with relevant and helpful information in question and answer form.
Memorial gifts and contributions may be made to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1701 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807; 417-864-7119; email@example.com; or Tantone Industries, Inc., a sheltered workshop for Taney County, Mo., www.tantone.org.