tianna august
Tianna August passed from this life on February 15, 2021 at the age of 23. While her time was much shorter than we would wish, we can celebrate that she used that time striving to create a more level playing field for those around her and one more accepting of the differences that make up each of us. A precious gift arrived on October 12, 1997 when Tianna Renee Eaton was born in Maplewood, Minnesota. She grew to a young adult in Woodbury, Minnesota and relocated to West Virginia in 2017 to continue her education. The region along the border between West Virginia and Pennsylvania became her home. Her love for animals and concern for individuals who need a helping hand started at an early age. The Humane Society and the Shoebox Project for Shelters are among the many causes she supported. Also close to her heart were the children in the foster care system. She thought of them as she purchased her first home. Her desire was to create a self-sustaining eco-home, complete with a greenhouse, solar panels and rain barrels, that she could share as a safe space for teens who had aged out of the foster system. Between her intense focus and her bright vision, she was well on her way to reaching this magnificent goal. She leaves behind many who loved her. Some are family by birth, others became family or near family by choice. It gives great comfort to us that she had such wonderful and supporting friends around her. We cannot begin to name all the survivors, but hope that each of you will be able to hold your favorite memories and celebrate her life. We regret that formal memorial services will be delayed because of complications related to the COVID pandemic, yet we draw solace from knowing that many smaller groups will keep her memory alive. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. She sounds like an amazing young lady . I am so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for her family and friends .

  2. While I didn’t personally know Trianna, she sounds like she had such a kind heart for not only the people around her but also mother earth. Her desire to make her eco-home a sanctuary for those in need should be inspiring for us all . I hope there is someone there to continue the reach for that magnificent goal as I’m sure her spirit will be there to assist. Scott Jones, Woodbury, Mn.

  3. While I did not have the honor of knowing her personally, she sounds like a great and caring young person. I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. Ramnath Subramaniam

  4. She was silly. She was sweet. She had a giant heart. She was independent and strong willed. She was stubborn and didn’t back down from a fight if she knew she was arguing for the right side. She was passionate. She spoke and wrote with passion about inequity, bias, discrimination and all kinds of oppression. She didn’t abide intolerance. She had a veracity of conviction. I was proud of her. I was sad I didn’t spend more time with her. I’m so sorry she is gone–for the hearts made more empty by her passing and for the good things she was going to create in this world. I miss her. I miss thinking of spending more time with her in the future. Thank you for being so fierce and loving, Tianna. I love you.

  5. My Tatianna… I cherish the time I spent with you. Your grin and infectious enthusiasm lifted me on one of my darkest days, years ago. I have so many memories of my life intertwined with yours and yet they aren’t enough for a lifetime. I shall miss you always.

  6. What this young woman could have accomplished if she only had more years with us is such a shame. What a generous, beautiful girl.

  7. Hello Brad and family, I remember well the times that Tianna would join us for Fly Tying. She was such a delight to be with. I am so very sorry for your loss and pray that healing and peace will return to you and your family soon. Peace, Lyth Hartz

  8. Tianna was a special girl who grew into a special young woman. I met her when she was just a sprout tormenting her older sister. Her father taught her to tie flies, and after I gave her a couple of tutorials, I started buying her flies for the fly fishing shop I owned. Along the way she developed into a talented and motivated high school girl. You can see from her picture that she was pretty. What you can’t see is that she was a bright, talented and sincere young woman who was motivated to do good work. Michael Alwin

  9. We are heartbroken at the loss of our beautiful niece at such a young age. We are comforted knowing that God’s plans (though we may not always understand them) are much bigger than our own. We continue to pray that God blesses all of Tianna’s family and friends. Dan & Sally Chezem

  10. Grief is like glitter. You can throw a handful of glitter in the air, but when you try to clean it up, you’ll never get it all. Even long after the event, you will still find glitter tucked into corners, it will always be there…. somewhere. -@irish_cuchulainn. Tianna- I have always been so impressed by your achievements, your kindness of others and your multitude of talents. An amazing soul physically gone from this earth way to early in life. I have no doubt you will continue guiding us all to continue your good works, and show us where we can help in the world. I look forward to all the glitter found in the nooks and crannies to celebrate your life, dear cousin. Much love.

  11. You are so loved, baby. Every day I hold Pixel tight for you. I can’t even begin to list all of the memories we had together. The day you took me to the pet store and I fell in love with Esme, all the times we greeted each other at the door both ready with a Diet Coke in hand, late night Primanti’s, every single game of Spirit Island or D&D. Your memory is a blessing.

  12. It’s been over two years now and not a day goes by without you crossing my mind. I love and miss you, T.

  13. I just only found out about Tianna’s passing a few days ago when I got together with some high school friends. To Tianna’s loved ones: I am so incredibly sorry and I cannot imagine the true heartbreak you guys have been through. Tianna and I were best pals when we were kids, always playing with toy horses. I treasure these memories and I am so sad to hear of her passing. Rest in peace my dear. 🖤

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