Cassie Leigh Golonin Cotta

May 19, 1987December 30, 2011

Cassie Leigh Golonin Cotta, 24, was found January 3, 2012, having passed away December 30, 2011. She had received her General Educational Development Degree, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant, and she also worked at Perry’s Place as a bartender. The following phrase was taken from Cassie’s Facebook bio: “I wanna live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse. The following was taken from Cassie’s Facebook Quotes: “As we grow old, we learn that even the one person who wasn't supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You will have your heart broken more than once, and it's harder everytime. You'll break hearts, too, so remember what it felt like when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for the things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and eventually, you'll lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt, because every sixty seconds you spend being upset is one minute that you'll never get back.” My beautiful daughter, Cassie bug, went home to be with the Lord onTuesday January 3, 2012. She was an amazing young woman full of life, never knew a stranger, always willing to open her heart and door for anyone who may be in need. She was independent, outspoken, in your face brutally honest, if you were lucky enough to have met her, you would either really love her or really hate her, there was no in between, so whatever you decided was fine with her. She is survived by her mother, Pearl Cook and her husband Tim of Van Buren; her father, Robin Ragan and his wife Carmen of Coffeyville, KS; five sisters, Rachael Cook, Tiffany Overby, Kayanna, Alexis, Alyssa Ragan; 2 brothers, Nick Cook and Derek Ragan; her aunts, Mary Phillips, Linda Bocardo, Nina Caruso, Janie Bridges, Diana Valdez, Carmen Maleck, and Lee Knoetgn; her uncles, Joe Golonin, Charlie Phillips, Leo Caruso, Christopher Valdes, Tim Knoetgn, Phillip Bridges, Michael Bridges, and Delbert Bridges Jr.; her nephews, Kaidyn and Xander; and several cousins. Cassie is also survived by her best friends, Mandy and Sharaya; and her god-daughter, Zamiah Mary Leigh; her paternal grandparents, Rocky and Carol Ragan She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, “momma” Elizabeth Bridges and Delbert Bridges. Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM Monday, January 9, 2012 at Evangel Templeunder the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. CurryCemetery in Rudy, AR. Visitation will be Sunday, January 8, 2012, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Edward Lockhart, Dylan Glaze, Robert Faucette, Matt Posey, Patrick Slate, Terry Lovell Honorary pallbearer: Bobby Norman, William Shipmon, Joshua Shipmon, Daniel Shipmon

Memorials may be sent to Crisis Center for Women, 401 Lexington Avenue,Fort Smith, AR 72901. Online condolences may be sent to



  • Funeral Service Monday, January 9, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, January 8, 2012


  • Burial

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Carol Ragan

January 2, 2013

Cassiebug, on Dec. 30th you have been gone from us for one yr. It has been the longest yr. of our lives. We love and miss you so very much. There is not a day goes by that we don't think about you. You have touched so many peoples lives, but we know you are in a better place and you aren't hurting anymore. We will always remember your smiling face. Grandma and Papa

Carol Guenther

October 24, 2012

I meet u a couple times Cassie u were awesome... R.I.P. God always be with u Baby Girl...

Carol Guenther

October 24, 2012

I meet u a couple times Cassie ur were awesome... R.I.P. God always be with u Baby Girl...

the one the most

June 29, 2012

i cannot begin to say how much of my heart is gone since u ' ve left , there is an emptyness i can not begin to describe.u left a huge void where u once where that can not ever be filled,i know your wit grandma and jesus now which makes things easier , love and miss u both very much , the one who loves u the most(fort smith)

Stephanie Merritt

April 26, 2012

I never had the pleasure of meeting you but I wish that I'd had. You were loved by so many. They say that one never truely knows how much they were loved or how many lives they've touched until they are gone. I pray that you did know. I hope that you realize what an impact you had on those around you on a daily basis. Through media and farewell messages, people whom you've never even met (including me) have been able to see what an amazing person you were. You were taken from this world far too soon. Your friends and family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You will never be replaced but the fact that you've touched so many lives shows them that you did not live in vain. I hope you're in a better place having the time of your life!
love and repects

Becky Moss

March 27, 2012

Miss you, Kiddo. I know you are in a far better place than where you were. Open your wings and fly, Darlin'. We all see your beautiful smile everyday the sun shine. Love you, Becky

Hazel Kerr

March 27, 2012

We love you and miss you, Cassie. We know there is a special place for you in Heaven. Aunt Hazel and Uncle Don Kerr,

Sherri thompson

February 27, 2012

Cassie Leigh your in my heart everyday to me and my mom you shall never fade away you were the light we followed through the dark but now you are only in our hearts. The memories are great the smiles are real you made us all feel. Cassie Leigh we love you so but your in a better place called heaven now your home :) We who new you shall never forget the way you made everyone look your the most sweetest girl i have ever known and i am blessed to say your my light and my insperation. You are missed and very loved hope to see you agian someday:) love Cynthia And Sherridawn :) we love you

Catrina Gibbs

February 23, 2012

Cassie your story captured my heart and now you're not being hurt anymore! RIL & RIP!!! May God's arms wrap around your family and give them peace that your in a better place!

Jennifer Collins

February 1, 2012

Cassie, In the brief period that I knew you (we worked together) you made a difference in my life. You are gone far to soon. Please watch over all of us that love you. God needed you home more then we needed you here. I am sure you are having a blast keeping everyone up there company until we join you again someday. Love you always.