Celia (CeCe) Recchio was born in Sacramento on May 22, 1993, and was immediately known as "The Princess of P Street." That was just the first of many nicknames she acquired over the years. To her parents, she was Angel, Goose, or even Goosie-Lou when her mom could get away with it. She was "Bo" or "Bo-bie" to her Aunt Lisa and Grandparents. She was also nicknamed "the Ceester" by friends in Sacramento. But to most of us, she was simply "CeCe."
It was probably prophetic that her first word - before she was a year old - was "dog." She loved all animals - whether they were furry and liked cuddles like her dog Polly, a tough-guy like Scamp (who later attended college with Celia), western pond turtles, banana slugs, spiders, and even cats (Theo - whom Celia taught to fetch, sit and perform other tricks). Animals were drawn to Celia - they probably could sense her gentle and giving spirit. Celia had planned to transfer to Humboldt State to complete a degree in Wildlife Management so she could spend her time caring for and helping animals.
Celia also loved old movies, and was aghast that some of her friends did not know who Cary Grant was. She was an excellent student, liked summer science camps, Harry Potter, David Sedaris, and was a self-described nerd. She also loved sports - hiking, soccer, and softball. Some of her softball teams were the "Red Rascals", "Purple Piranhas," "Golden Girls," "Rubber Pickles" and finally the Oregon Reign. Ask us how in one of early games she made an unassisted triple pay.
Celia had the opportunity to see much of this world before she left us. She hiked and snorkeled in Kauai at age 8, she saw London and Paris when she was 11, and Milan, Venice, Rome and Madrid after her she graduated from Da Vinci High School in 2011.
Even through her migraines, depression and other issues she had to deal with, she kept fighting and caring for those she loved. She found love in her family, friends and closest friend, Mikaela. She was the love of our lives. We will miss her and love her for the rest of ours.
Celia is survived by her parents Judith Recchio and William Haigh of Davis; her grandparents Linda and Sandro Recchio, and her many aunts, uncles and cousins - Lisa Christensen, Bob and Yvonne Recchio and their son Michael, Michael and Mary Recchio and their children Joseph, Jennifer and Jill, Stephen Christensen and Joyce Caffey, John and Dawn Recchio, Jeff and Cindy Haigh, and Manual Erviti and Pedro and Cindy Erviti and their daughters Juliana and Monica.
Donations may be made to http://yolospca.org/ or the charity of you choice.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Smith Funeral Home - Davis
116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616