Our loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend, Haley Sue Rich was born on January 24, 1965, and passed away on February 18, 2010, in her home of Pueblo, Colorado. She was the daughter of the late C. Edward Rich and Sue Campbell, born in Jacksonville, Florida. Following graduation from Fannin County High School in 1983, she attended college at Brenau University in Georgia. Following her memories in Georgia, Haley moved to Colorado in 1984. In 1985, she married Kevin J. Dawson of Leadville Colorado and raised 2 children, Amber and Kayla. In 1998, she graduated from University of Southern Colorado, achieving her MBA with honors. Her business involved projects and activities that encouraged youth and community betterment projects, known as Teen SERT/CERT. Haley loved her job and will be missed by her current employer Transportation Technology Center Inc. Haley was also an accomplished volunteer for the community of Pueblo, Colorado. Some of her projects were involved with Keep Pueblo Beautiful, Pueblo Emergency Response Team, Mesa Pride, and Pueblo West Fire Department. Haley was known for her positivity, energy, and great smile. Haley enjoyed boating and fishing on the Pueblo Reservoir, horseback riding, spending time with her four dogs, Billy, Ryley, Nash, and Bear, camping, cooking, dancing, and laughing with her family and friends. Haley is survived by her two daughters, Amber Marie Madsen, and Kayla Anne Dawson; son-in-law, David Madsen; her mother, Sue Campbell; her grandmother, Martha Graham; sisters, Robin Kidd, Kathy Hren, and Anne-Marie Fish; brothers, Byron Campbell and Gary Rich; and uncle and aunt, Jerry and Val Bussell. She is also remembered fondly by her dear friend, John Scott. Memorial service will be held at Praise Assembly, 2000 Troy Ave., Pueblo, CO, with Pastor Darren Wilson officiating on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 11 a.m. Donations in memory of Haley Rich can be sent to the Pueblo West Fire Department, PO Box 7005, Pueblo West, CO 81007. Online condolences, wwwMontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I came acrossed a site online that mentioned a wonderful person who incorporated First Responder methods with Community Efforts. I am positive this individual is missed dearly and say THANK YOU for sharing her with the world. Her efforts will continue on for making changes in the community on our preparedness from now and forever. I am truly sorry for the loss of Ms Haley Rich.
    Sincerely,

    Carol Thornton, LEPC, Miller CountyEmergency Management, MO

  2. I can’t say enough about Haley Rich. I have known her for a wonderful 7+ years as a friend, colleague and great instructor for community preparedness programs. I can truly say whoever she has worked for (company, public groups, individuals or agencies) she believed in the work and goals set before her, always gave it her best and constantly kept looking for and finding creative ways to reach the desired end result. She was extremely creative and full of a beautiful engaging energy. She was always prepared to help or provide her knowledge and expertise. She is an AMAZING woman willing to serve those around her. I look forward to seeing her again in a new light together with eternal life! My love goes out to you, your wonderful family and friends around the world.

    ‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

  3. I met Haley through the Teen Sert program. She was a wonderful teacher and an amazing person to be around. Haley was a very important inspiration to me. I have a chronic muscle illness that limits me to doing activites and she helped inspire me to not give up. My prayers go out to her family. God bless you all

  4. I met Mrs.Haley Rich in 2005 through the Teen CERT program. I was attending Pueblo West High School, and I met her in Mr. Patrick Smith’s health class. She was a very positive person, and had a smile that would light up the room. She was very caring and extremely sweet. My heart and prayers go out to the family.

  5. Dear Robin, Byron, Amber, Kayla, family and friends…

    Haley and I first got together in 2004 when she was helping me get the TEEN CERT program off the ground here in Missouri. Over the years our friendship grew, and she was working with me to get funding and donations to keep my program going. We talked and emailed constantly and Facebook’ed photos and ideas… I am going to miss her warmth and kindness very much. May God Bless her, and help get you through your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Dear Robin and Byron,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

    In light,

    Lisa

  7. I first met Haley when I applied for the CERT team in EL Paso County. The entire time I worked with her, she struck me with her incredible energy. She acted as a mentor to me in the field of emergency management and always encouraged me to continue. She moved onto other challenges. I met her again in Arizona. I had arranged an emergency management internship with Cochise County. I was down there at a Citizen’s Corps conference and it turned out she was the featured speaker. She is well known for her moulage techniques, and that was her topic that day. I feel the entire field is lessened by her loss.

  8. I remember Haley and Kathy from the school bus. I thought they both were so nice and beautiful. I remember some mornings I could hear Haley yelling BUS! BUS! She had one of those voices that could travel miles. And A heart that could touch many. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  9. To Haley’s Family, I meant Haley and John over the summer of 2009, we had many laughs together. John, Haley loved you so much. Your love for each other was an inspiration. My heart is hurting for the loss of Haley.

  10. I was saddened to hear of Haley’s passing. I too remember her as beautiful and full of life. I remember her athleticisim as well as her beautiful soprano voice. She was the type person who made everyone feel good about themselves. I had forgotten about that gold VW till I read it here. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  11. My deepest sympathy at your loss of such a vibrant, wonderful girl! Haley and I, along with many others, worked together on something we all loved, CERT! We shared many times and laughter while trying to figure out a way to do our program better. She succeeded! I will miss her. God Bless. NJ

  12. I have very fond memories of Haley from elementary school through high school. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.

  13. AMBER & KAYLA:

    AS YOU BOTH KNOW I WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH HALEY FOR A GOOD NUMBER OF YEARS. SHE LEFT A HUGE IMPRESSION ON THIS COMMUN ITY. THE TEEN CERT PROGRAM IS HER LEGACY AND IT WILL KEEP HER MEMORY INTACT.
    SHE IS A GOO PERSON AND A GOOD FRIEND AND I WILL MISS HER

  14. Deepest sympathy to you. I am one of your cousins in Asheville. I am Peggy Rich Ramsey’s daughter. Our prayers are with you all. May God be with you and give you strength as you go through this very difficult time! Please know that our thoughts are with you.

    Pam

  15. My condolensces to all of Haley’s family and close friends. I worked with Haley when I was President of Keep Pueblo Beautiful. Haley had a positive outlook on life. We have all been blessed by her. My God comfort the family and God Bless.

  16. My husband and I (Randy) attended the service for Haley what a loving tribute by her family and know that even though some of us knew her such a short time…we were truly touched by her.
    Mary and Randy Jackson

  17. I knew Haley as the “Gary’s little Sister.” That makes it so much harder to accept that she is gone. She lives on in the memories of the people she touched. Our deepest condolences at this time.

  18. I first met Haley in the seventh grade. She was always so fun to be around and full of smiles. I admired her because she was so well-rounded. I was so glad in later years to learn of her community involvement. Haley is an inspiration for so many people. I wish I had gotten to know her better.

  19. Her many accomplishments and so many sharing so many wonderful loving memories of Haley is a testament to her fulfilling life and and the legacy she leaves behind. My prayers and love are with the family in this difficult time.

  20. Kayla, You are a great daughter and role model. Please stay positive and know that you have so many people in your life that are praying for you and your family. Your mom has touched many lives over the years and this one from Pueblo West High School. It was a joy to work with your mom. Take care Kayla and keep your beautiful head up:)

  21. My condolensces to all of Haley’s family and close friends. Although only recently employed by TTCI, in her four months with us she made a considerable impact on her immediate colleagues and in helping to get a very important project up and running. She will be sorely missed. Roy Allen, President, TTCI

  22. I just found out about Haley. I have worked with her co-teaching on several classes including CERT and Multihazard Planning for Schools. She was always professional, yet fun. She will be missed by all of the responder community.

  23. I was saddened to hear about Haley’s death. Life is too short and certainly we all have to leave this world behind. I remember Haley from our high school days and always remember her with a smile that could light up any room. Haley always had a positive outlook on life and believed in living life to the fullest. Although we all lost touch after high school, our memories will always remember Haley as the fun loving person that brought happiness to our lives. She was an inspiration to us all.

  24. To the family of Haley.
    I’m so sorry to hear about Haley.I saw her at my school several years ago while she was in Ellijay working with the TeenCert program and found her on Facebook back around Christmas time. She was a wonderful person and I know that all will miss her.

  25. I am so incredibly blessed that Haley, Amber, and Kayla became a part of my family nearly 10 years ago. Haley, you had the wonderful gift of turning a dark painful moment into a bright happy time. I thank you very much for that. May you find the peace you deserve, in heaven. You will be forever missed, always remembered, and loved.
    With all my heart,
    Sarah

  26. My thoughts and paryers go out to Haley’s family. I lost touch with Haley after Highschool. She and I became friends through chorus and tennis at Fannin County High. We were very close during those years and I’m sorry we lost track of each other. But we reconnected on Facebook a few months ago and I was so excited to catch up with what she was doing and everything going on in her life. Knowing Haley, she lived life to the fullest. She was honest, kind and one of my best friends. My life is richer because I knew and loved her. I will miss her deeply.

  27. Dear Amber and Kayla,
    You are in our thoughts.We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was an amazing Person .

  28. Dear Amber & Kayla,
    I was suprised and sadened to read of your mom’s passing. You two were still little girls when Haley joined PERT and added her special energy to the team. No matter how busy she was, it was always clear to me how proud she was of you two, and how much she loved you. I will be out of town at the time of her memorial service tomorrow, but please know that you and your mom are, and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Steve Douglas

  29. Our hearts go out to Amber and Kayla at this most difficult time. I will never forget the first time that I met Haley when she and Kevin came to Virginia. She was so loving and full of energy. Her legacy is that of two beautiful, gifted young women. Although we are many miles apart, please know that we are beside you through this difficult time. Our Love Always….

  30. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Haley at FEMA and provided many job recommendations for her since she left. I’m truly sorry. God Bless your family in their hours of grief. I’m sure she is sorely missed. Ken

  31. We only knew Haley from the years that she was married to our brother Chris, but we remember her smile and the way she always wanted to help! Our hearts go out to her daughters Amber and Kayla, and to her family as well. May God bless and keep her dear!

  32. I sit here trying to find a place to start… Haley was a great friend. She always had a smile for you. Great in any sport that she played. I have enjoyed reconnecting with Haley via Facebook and Myspace, I will miss our chats and just knowing she won’t be here to share with us. But knowing that she is the shinning Star and Angel looking over us makes me smile. Keeping her family in my prayers and hoping that you can find peace and comfort durning this difficult time. God Bless you all….

  33. I cannot think back on my childhood and my youth without thinking of Haley. We backed each other in basketball, softball, first dates and first marriages. She always laughed and called me her “brother”. I will deeply miss my friend and my heart aches for her family. She was an amazing individual who brought a ray of sunshine to all she met. Haley will be missed by us all. May the strength of the Lord rise up and comfort each and every person touched by her passing. God bless you Haley.

  34. I have wonderful memories of Haley from my days at FCHS that range from playing basketball and tennis to singing in chorus and cruising around town in that famous Gold VW w/ the rolls royce front end. Haley was so full of energy with plenty to spare. She had the kind of smile and personality that was unforgettable. She could brighten your day with her smile and dimples. I was blessed to have known Haley and to call her a friend. My prayers are with her family that they may find peace in knowing that she is in a far better place than all of us. I will always remember Haley with smiles and laughter.

  35. There just doesn’t seem to be words to express how heavy my heart has been for this family since I heard about Haley. I, like a lot of others have had the pleasure of reconnecting with her on Facebook. She always made me laugh! Haley will be truly missed and I feel privileged to have known her. There are few people on this earth that are loved by everyone they come in contact with….Haley was.

  36. Haley will be truly missed by family and friends, all whom have been so blessed by her spirit. Sending prayers and positive affirmations to the Rich and Campbell clan for strength and support at this difficult time.

    In the words of John Fawcett’s hymn Blessed Be The Tie That Binds

    Blessed be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like that to that above.
    Before our Father’s throne We pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one Our comforts and our cares.
    We share each other’s woes, Our mutual burdens bear; And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear.
    When we asunder part, It gives us inward pain; But we shall still be joined in heart, And hope to meet again.
    This glorious hope revives Our courage by the way; While each in expectation lives, And longs to see the day.
    From sorrow, toil and pain, And sin, we shall be free, And perfect love and friendship reign Through all eternity.

  37. My heart aches for Haley’s loved ones. Her legacy will continue to burn bright because of lives that she touched. You will be missed and much remembered Haley!

  38. My thoughts and prayers go out to Haley’s Family. I pray that God will give you strength and understanding during this difficult time. I have fond memories of Haley from our time together at FCHS. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to reconnect with her on fb for the last several months. It is an honor to call Haley my friend.

  39. ” We’re only promised today.” My mind still can’t absorb the news that someone as full of life as Haley is no longer with us. Every time I have been around her either in person or on the phone, she always left me laughing and feeling positive and upbeat. We define gifts as in the areas of the arts, but I have truly come to appreciate the gift of a positive outlook on life and laughter. Haley posessed these gifts with abundance.

  40. To live in hearts we leave behind
    Is not to die.
    ~Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”
    With Sympathy to the Family of Haley

  41. It’s amazing how one person can touch so many lives without ever even meeting. I didn’t know Hayley, but know that because of her contributions and spirit, she helped make the R.E.A.D.Y. teen initiative possible and this has helped 100’s of teens. We share our sympathy and prayers with Hayley’s family and know that we were all blessed by the time she spent on all her passions.

  42. We remember Haley is a beautiful young woman who brightened up the room and took a genuine interest in getting to know people and making them feel happy to be in her company. At this time of tragic loss, we pray for God’s comforting presence with her family and special friends who surely miss her dearly.

  43. This is a tragic loss of a truly amazing individual. Haley was a leader and champion for the involvement of our young people in personal preparedness. Her work with the Teen SERT program and those she helped in Colorado and around the country is a testament to her passion for community preparedness. Haley had endless energy that you wished you could bottle up and a smile always on her face. Haley will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this most difficult time.

  44. Words cannot adequately express the sorrow I feel this day on learning of the passing of Haley. My thoughts return to the days at Epworth School when I was privileged to serve as Haley’s principal. Haley was a ray of sunshine everyday when she got off the bus of the morning and entered the school ‘�� on those rare days Haley wasn’t at school, we all knew it and missed her. Her radiant smile lifted the spirit of all those around her. She was an excellent student and she came from a loving home and was always surrounded by caring friends. When Haley graduated from high school, I was her school superintendent. Even though I didn’t see her on a daily basis [in the position of school superintendent], I always got glowing reports about her from her teachers and her principal. When someone mentioned Haley’s name, they did so with a smile. That’s how we saw Haley and that is how we will always remember her. Her smile and her sweet, kind and loving heart will with us always.

    Gene Crawford

  45. Words cannot express the heartfelt loss of a loved one “Haley”. I pray that the lord will give you strength throughout this difficult period. I met Haley from her older siblings, Gary and Kathy. Haley was a remarkable athletic and talented person. I can still see her playing tennis and basketball. I enjoyed watching her play! Haley will be greatly missed by all…

  46. It is always diffucult to hear about the loss of one who gave so much back to the community in which they lived. I know that she will be missed by all. May others gain inspiration to continue what Haley started! May the blessing of the Lord help in the time of your loss.

  47. Haley was a big inspiration to me and my team. I met her through the internet on the TEEN SERT site, and we were in touch when she came to CT to be a presenter at a CERT Weekend event. She will be missed by one and all. My condolences to the family. May God comfort you in your time of loss.

  48. On behalf of members of the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Headquarters staff, we are truly struck by the tragic loss of Haley Rich. Haley had an amazing ability to overcome amazing feats in the name of community preparedness and resilience. We will always appreciate her incomparable contributions to engaging youth with her Teen SERT program. Additionally, she was a true pioneer and exceptional spokesperson for the importance of community involvement in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in the State of Colorado. Haley will be sorely missed and I will pray for her family during this very difficult time.

  49. This is such a shock! Haley and I were such close friends for a few years when she lived in Blue Ridge. To know Haley was to love her. The last fews years we had seem to loose touch. When she came to Blue Ridge she always contacted her friends and we would somehow get together. When she was in Ellijay a while back we had lunch and then talked on the phone after she got back. Haley and I had so much fun when we were hanging together. She was the most beautiful person inside and out and always a good friend. I loved Haley very much and she always has a special spot in my heart. She is with our Savior Jesus Christ now. God bless you and comfort each of you. My prayers are with you. She is going to be dearing missed.

  50. My heart aches for the family and friends of Haley. I pray that God give them the strength and courage as they try to understand and deal with the loss of their loved one.

  51. On behalf of the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association, our most sincere condolences on Haley’s passing. She was an outstanding student and alumna and we are proud to have been a part of her education. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Tracy Samora – CSU-Pueblo Director of Alumni Relations

  52. How blessed I am for having known Haley! She was an amazing lady with an incredible energy level and optimism. She will forever live in my memory.

  53. Haley my greatest memory of you is: Your great smile in that Gold VW with the Rolls Royce front end. You could light up a room, parking lot, and world. I still have the email about your dream of the High School Reunion and I will keep it forever. Here is another “cyber hug”. We will miss you dearly! I know you will be spreading your sunshine around all that loved you, and let us know that your still looking over us and will tell us “Stop Worrying about stuff”.

    Love and Miss You!

    “B”

  54. I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Haley Rich at this difficult time. She was instrumental in helping me to start the first Teen SERT program here in Georgia. Haley was a great woman with a tremendous spirit. She will definitely be missed.

  55. The memories made and the love remembered will always be with you.
    Your Mother and Wife touched so many lives and inspired so many others. To work with the youth of this country is one of the most creative and positive influences one can inspire themselves to do.

    She will be remembered.

    God Bless you.

  56. I met Haley through my job at FEMA. Once you met her, you could not forget her. Her passion for life, her brilliant smile, her love for her work, her knowledge of her job, her drive for success all spoke volumes of the person she is. My deepest sympathies to her family and other friends.

  57. My thoughts and prayers are with Haley’s family at this difficult time! I will always remember her infectious laugh and her boundless energy!R.I.P.

  58. I was truely saddend when I heard the news from my parents in Blue Ridge. I first got to know Haley at her parents tennis camp where I was taught to play. She was in the same class as my brother Brian and I knew her throughout highschool. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I know she will be missed by many. My prayers go out to the entire family. This world will miss Haley so much but I know that Heaven is a better place now. God bless you all.

  59. I met Haley at a conference in Big Sky Montana in early 2000 teaching a moulage class. we kept in touch every since. She often came back home as she callled it, (to Ga).. She helped us here in the Metro area, (5 cities CERT programs) with moulage for our largest drill ever. (100 victims) and 100 + CERTS. She was like a General with organizing that process.

    My most memorable moment was about 5 of us hanging out on the beach in Los Angeles. She said she had to get her feet in the water. She is so funny, She will be deeply missed. My Prayers go out to the family. What a powerful Lady…

    Kevin

  60. My life has been blessed by Haley in so many ways. She was my inspiration. Her love of youth and passion for making a difference in their lives will not die – it will live on forever! May each of you receive comfort from God during this storm of life and trust that He had a plan for Haley that took her beyond this world! You will be in our prayers! Love to all. MJ

  61. My prayers go out to all of her family. I only had brief contact with Haley the last few years on facebook, but I remember her and all of you fondly. She tried to teach me to play tennis and ride a horse LOL. her one horse had a penchant for going to the barn, I found out the hard way.. the most important thing she taught me was “DUCK”. I got banned from her house once for 3 months. Thanks Sue 🙂 It taught me about consideration. She taught me how to be a friend. My love to you all.

  62. Haley for those of us that knew you, There are no words that can be said that can even start to explain what a great person and friend you where. You talked to me about your job and how you loved helping out in your community. Even though I had not talked to you in years, I am so glad I got to reconnect with you in the past few months. You had not changed at all, You where still that same sweet girl I remembered back in school. And that beautiful smile, I will never forget that smile. Heaven is a better place now that your there. God Bless your family in this time of sadness. I will miss you, But I will never forget you.

  63. I am so glad and happy that I met Haley at the El Paso County Emergency Management Office. We attended several classes together. We have exchanged emails over the years and I have always appreciated all of the help that Haley porvided. Haley and I started a Yahoo group TEENCERT several years ago. Haley THANKS for eveything you did! My comdolences and prayers for the family and all of Haley’s friends.

  64. My heart and prayers go out to Haley’s family. I met Haley in 3rd grade at Epworth and she was always smiling, happy and full of energy. She had so much talent and was good at everything she did. As a matter of fact in junior high Jack Myers (coach) seemed to always put me up against Haley whether it was a race, jumping hurdles, ping pong whatever. I learned to get out of sight or lose gracefully. I have lots of good memories and will always cherish those. She will be greatly missed.

  65. I met Haley in 6th grade where we began our basketball journey, first being rivals and then eventually playing together in high school. She was a great athlete. We kept in touch with each other throughout all the years. Talked with her a few weeks ago and she was looking so forward to the class reunion. I know everyone was excited at the chance to see her. It was an honor to have called Haley my friend. Will miss you deeply. Rest in peace my friend.

  66. Haley’s infectious and generous spirit and love of life will be greatly missed. My prayers are with her family at this time. May God uplift and wrap His healing hands around each one of your hearts to help ease your loss.

  67. I am so glad I had the honor of knowing Haley since the 3rd grade at Epworth until we graduated FCHS in ’83.I will truly miss talking to Her on FB., and getting to see Her at the reunion She was so looking forward to this summer.She was always so full of life, smiling, happy and energetic.She really lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed by me and everyone who knew her.My prayers are with her family may God Bless You All!…Love ya Haley Girl!

  68. Prayers of love and healing to Haley’s family and friends. I am fortunate to have known such a loving, passionate free spirit. I am honored to have called her friend.

  69. There are a few rare people who can spread happiness to everyone they meet, just by being themselves~that was your gift to us. I feel so fortunate that I got to reconnect with you after high school on fb. Thank you for your kind caring ways, good advice and fantastic outlook on life! I will never forget you.

  70. I am so sorry to hear the news. My heart goes out to the family and I hope in some way sometime soon you will be able to find some peace.

  71. I first met Haley in High School and I will always remember her beautiful smile and her love of life and family.We had a great time in Chorus 🙂 I was so looking foward to seeing her at our class reunion to reconnect and share some laughs…She will always be in all of our hearts and I know one day we will reunite again for that’s God’s promise. My thoughts and prayers to her family, God Bless you all.

  72. I will sure miss my beautiful and inspirational friend so much ! Thank for all of your love in high school and now as well ! So glad we got to reconnect and get close again ! You will always be in my heart. Prayers to the family of Haley……my love and comfort to all of you !

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