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Caera J. Hawkes

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Caera J. Hawkes Obituary
Our beautiful Caera Jean Hawkes died on Thursday, November 1st. While her death shocked us all, Caera fought a lifelong battle with mental health problems, and our biggest fear was that we would lose her to it. We are comforted by the fact that she is finally free from the suffering and we will be reunited in Eternity with her.

Caera was born on July 14, 2004, in Henderson, NV to her loving parents, Melissa and Earl Hawkes III. She was adored by all her grandparents & had a special bond in particular with her Nonna and Poppa. The family grew 2.5 years later when her sister, Rauri, was born and it was completed a year and a half after that when her brother, Tyler, was born.

Caera was a voracious reader. While she preferred fantasy and scary books, her love of books was open to all genres. During her toughest struggles, her ability to get lost in a story kept her afloat. Her other major passion in life was animals. She dreamt of owning her own zoo or pet store when she grew up, and her many pets brought her great joy and comfort.

Caera was extremely intelligent and wise beyond her years. It is not possible to capture her life in an obituary, especially when her young life was largely consumed by her mental health battle. While she did not advertise her mental illnesses, because she knew they did not define her, she didn't hide them either. She knew there was no shame in them. Caera was hilarious, fun, brave, and resilient.

Caera is survived by her parents, Melissa and Earl Hawkes III; her sister Rauri Hawkes; her brother Tyler Hawkes; her great grandmother Mae Martin; grandparents, Violet and Earl Hawkes Jr., Barbara and Tom Powers, and Susan Hawkes; her cousins Eddie Livengood and Jaxon McCann; and her many aunts, uncles and and other cousins. She is predeceased by her great grandmother Olga Jean Tracy, who fought cancer long enough to be there for her birth and enjoy a month and a half with her before her passing.

Please join us for a funeral mass honoring Caera's life on Friday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 2300 Sunridge Heights Parkway in Henderson. Caera dreamed of being an animal rights attorney, so in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either the Nevada SPCA (http://www.nevadaspca.org/) or to Nevada PEP (http://www.nvpep.org) whose services helped her get through many challenging times.

If you yourself or a loved one are struggling from mental health issues, do not feel alone or ashamed. It is ok to talk about it and seek help. The mental healthcare system in our country is inadequate and unacceptable. The only way it will change is if we end the stigma.

If you think you are unaffected by mental illness, educate yourself about the disease, because mental illness is a disease. It is not a result of poor parenting or a weakness. More than likely someone you know is struggling with it, and they need your compassion and support.

In a world full of judgment and ignorance we are eternally grateful to our community who loved her without bounds. We'd like to thank the teachers, staff, classmates and parents at Twitchell Elementary, Bob Miller Middle School, and Southeast Tech; her psychologist; her psychiatrist; her NV DCFS WIN caseworkers; her Nevada PEP advocate; and it goes without saying, all our amazing friends. You all saw beyond Caera's behaviors and saw the amazing girl that she truly was.

There are no words to describe our sorrow. Our lives here on Earth will be forever incomplete. We rejoice in the knowledge she is finally free from her pains and struggles, and look forward to our reunion.
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