On what would have been Ayron Paige Metcalf’s 19th birthday, family and friends released balloons to celebrate her life.
The 2012 Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School graduate died in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 81 in September.
“Three. Two. One. Happy Birthday!” Ayron’s family and friends said in unison as they released dozens of balloons in front of her former employer, Holiday Hair in Chambersburg on Wednesday.
Ayron’s workstation at Holiday Hair has not been disturbed since the accident that claimed her life.
“We haven’t been ready,” Holiday Hair Manager Michele Szabo said.
Ayron was a stylist with the salon for nine months, but also was going to school to be a preschool teacher, according to her family.
About 30 of those closest to Ayron gazed into the sky until the last balloon drifted out of sight.
“I’m glad it was done,” said Ayron’s mother, Mindy Metcalf, about the balloon release.
But, seeing the balloons float away was difficult.
“It makes you miss your baby,” she said. “She is missed by a lot of people.”
Ayron’s best friend, Paige Lehman of Chambersburg, said Ayron wouldn’t want tears.
“She would want us to be happy. She was always a happy person. She always had a smile on her face,” Lehman said.
She said she and a group of friends thought releasing balloons in memory of Ayron would be a wonderful way to remember her.
Ayron’s older sister, Blair Akers of Mercersburg, Pa., misses Ayron every day.
“I cry every day. I just keep thinking about everything we used to do together,” Akers said. “We definitely know she’s there with us.”
Akers wants people to remember her sister.
“She loved goofing around. She had a lot of friends. She would do anything for anybody,” Akers said. “She would encourage us to live our dreams.”