[AARA] KE5MWX loss of Daughter

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Wed Aug 17 14:56:41 CDT 2011

Funeral Services for Mitchell Sue Romero, daughter of Nick KE5MWX & 
Paula KF5CNS Romero of Crowley.  Both are members of the Acadiana 
Amateur Radio Association, Inc.  Nick KE5MWX is a frequent check-in on 
the Gulf Coast SB Net and a AARA Board Member.  A tragic loss of someone 
so young and active.
Mitchell Sue Romero*



Funeral services will be held Thursday August 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at 
Northside Assembly of God, for Mitchell Sue Romero, 18, who died Sunday 
August 14, 2011, at the Crowley American Legion Hospital.

Survivors include her parents Nicholas and Paula Touchet Romero Sr. of 
Crowley, her brother Nicholas Romero Jr. of Crowley; her sister Kaesha 
Carrier of Crowley; her God parents David and Pauline Aucoin of Crowley; 
and James and Beth Simon of Crowley; her maternal grandparents Alice and 
Dickie Sherman of Crowley, and Offord and Sandra Touchet of Rayne; 
parental grandfather George M. Williams of Crowley;  her uncles and 
aunts Steven and Kim Touchet of Church Point, Paul and Kim Touchet of 
Crowley, Huey and Gretchen Touchet of Castle Rock Colorado, Pauline and 
David Aucoin of Crowley, and Mary L. Touchet of Rayne; her Godchild 
Lucas Wade Simon of Crowley; and two very special people in her life 
Klarisse Renay and Walton "J.T." Thibodeaux.

Mitchell was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Ouida P. 

Mitchell was a 2011 graduate of Northside Christian School graduating 
with 4-H honor cord , she was a very active member of the 4-H Club 
serving as President, Jr. leadership of 4-H, she was the basketball and 
baseball manager, she was a member of the Acadian antique tractor and 
engine club. Mitchell was a very loving and caring person who never said 
no, and never met a stranger.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11:00a.m. until 10:00 p.m. with a 
Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m., and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until time of 

Burial will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Duhon 
Funeral Home of Crowley.

Condolences may be sent to the Romero family at www.duhonfuneralhome.com

Read more: AcadiaParishToday.com - Mitchell Sue Romero 

Paula Romero shows some of her daughter, Mitchell's, 4-H awards that she 
had amassed
over the years. Romero also wanted to point out the bubbles that she and 
who had just graduated from Northside Christian School, had painted on 
the wall which
was reflective of her personality. Mitchell was killed as a result of 
injuries suffered when
she was struck by a drunk driver early Thursday morning.

CROWLEY - Nicholas Romero Sr. recalled something that had become part of 
his daughter's routine every time she was out with her friends at night.

"Every night she'd be out she would always call us up at 2 a.m. to tell 
us not to worry that she was either outside talking with a friend or 
just to tell us that she was OK," said Romero of his daughter who had 
just graduated from Northside Christian School in May. "She did that 
simply to comfort us and that is going to be one of the things I'll miss 

When Romero, and his wife Paula, received a phone call at approximately 
2 a.m. early Friday morning they possibly assumed it was their daughter, 
Mitchell, doing what she had always done.

It wasn't.

"It was a boy...I'm not even sure off his name, calling to tell us that 
Mitchell was in a car wreck," said Romero. "He said it was bad and that 
she was stuck in the car but all she was shouting was to call her parents."

Mitchell, who as she often did was serving as the designated driver that 
night, was rescued from the accident and survived for another four days 
at American Legion Hospital.

"Mama you don't know what it's like when the car is spinning," said 
Paula Romero. "I thought I was going to die and all I did was pray."

For a few days following the accident it seemed that Romero's prayer was 
answered However, a routine therapy session ended in tragedy. Though she 
was suffering from broken ribs, a seat belt mark across her chest and 
'bruises from top to bottom,' Mitchell, seemed to be responding well.

"They wanted us to take her for a walk down the hall," said Paula 
Romero. "And she was walking hard too. She had wanted to work hard that 
day. She started slow and then began to walk a little faster. But by the 
time she got about three doors down she dropped. When I looked at her I 
could tell she was dead."

"No parents should ever go through what we're going through right now," 
said Nicholas. "My heads been spinning ever since it happened."

Nicholas Romero has a lot of anger in him towards the driver of the 
other car, 32-year-old Tyson Dupuis of Crowley, but withheld it as best 
he could during his interview Tuesday morning.

"I want to talk about Mitchell today," he said. "We just want people to 
know what a wonderful person she was."

 From the sound of things, Mitchell was exactly that. She volunteered to 
bring her father, who is partially blind, to the Ham Festival in Orange, 
Texas which had 'he never missed.'

"I didn't even have to ask her," said Romero. "She knew what weekend it 
was and how much I loved going there. Told her she didn't have to go but 
she was insistent. That's just the type of person she was."

"When she took her senior trip she didn't go to Destin like some of the 
rest of the people in her class," added Paula Romero. "She went to 
Galveston just so that she could bring her brother (Nicholas Jr. who is 
handicapped) along. And she paid for everything."

"They were so close," said Paula as she wiped the tears from her eyes.

Another close member of the family, Mitchell's best friend Kaesha 
Carriere had been like a sister to her (she had even been called 'Sissy' 
by the Romero family practically since she was born) and is considered a 
part of the Romero's immediate family according to Paula. Carriere had 
similar words when describing Mitchell.

"She was so nice and kind to everyone she came across," said Carriere. 
"And everyone she came across said the same thing."

"It was definitely more than a friendship," added Carriere. "She was my 

Randy Trahan, the principal of Northside Christian School, told the 
Romero's that Mitchell was often referred to as his school's Mother 
Theresa because 'she always wanted to help everybody.'

"I do want to give a special 'thank you' to Randy and Emma (Trahan's 
wife)," said Nicholas. "They've been so supportive."

The list of Romero's accomplishments at Northside Christian is 
impressive. She was very much into the 4-H Club, having been a counselor 
at 4-H camp. She was the manager of the basketball and baseball teams. 
And she always volunteered to help with the school fairs.

"And she loved kids," added Paula. "She could walk into a room and it 
would light up."

In fact, upon walking into Mitchell's room at the Romero residence, 
Paula was sure to point out the bubbles that were painted on her wall.

"She was always known as being bubbly," smiled Paula.

An example of her giving nature was the job that she would have started 
last Monday - she was set to begin working at a place called 'Living 
Hearts' where she would be traveling to people's homes to take care of 
disabled people.

"The Lord decided that her work was needed in Heaven," said Paula 
through her tears.

"My family was destroyed by a drunk driver," added Nicholas Sr. "And the 
ironic part about it is if he would have called her, even though she 
didn't know him, she would have probably gone to pick him up and give 
him a ride."

Even after her death, Mitchell's giving spirit was still very much 
alive. She donated her eyes and her skin to science.

Read more: AcadiaParishToday.com - This victim had a name 

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