Frances Margay ScheeFrances Schee

Frances who liked to go by her middle name Margay lived in Marion County Florida. She was on a bus on her way home after school. The bus had stopped with its red flashers and stop sign clearly out, to let children off at their stop. A semi-tractor trailer driver that was on his cell phone slammed into the back of the bus. The bus was hit so hard it was pushed more than 200 feet. Margay was trapped inside the back of the bus when flames broke out. She could not be freed immediately. Margay was an honor student at North Marion Middle School. She played the clarinet, and was a MCYFL cheerleader for the senior colts. She volunteered her time at the EARS animal rescue sanctuary. She loved animals, surfing, skateboarding, butterflies and balloons. She wanted to be an airline pilot. Because of one selfish irresponsible driver talking on his phone Margay’s dreams will never get to come true. Instead her parents had to cremate her and they spread her ashes at St Augustine Beach.


Birth:  unknown
Death:  Sep. 23, 2008
Marion County
Florida, USA

Frances was a passenger on Marion County School Bus 9601. The school bus was struck from behind by a semi-tractor + trailer that did not see that the bus was stopped with it's red lights flashing. She was trapped in the back of the bus and could not be freed immediately. She died shortly after 4PM.

Citra - Frances "Margay" Schee, 13, went to heaven on September 23, 2008. She was an honors student at North Marion Middle School where she played clarinet in the band and was a MCYFL cheerleader for the Senior Colts. She loved animals and volunteered her time at the EARS animal rescue sanctuary. Some of her best loves were beach surfing, skateboarding, butterflies and balloons. Her ambition was to be an airline pilot. Margay leaves behind her loving parents Jamie R. Schee and Elissa Schee; her sister Abigail and brothers Milo and Madden Schee; her grandparents Deborah Lockheart, the late Francis Blanken, Jim Schee and Laurie Schee; her great grandparents Doris Charron and Marius Charron; aunt Kim Hood, uncle Leslie Schee, uncle Neil Blanken and cousins Aryn Hood, Ryan Hood, Blake Blanken also several great aunts and uncles. She also leaves behind many, many friends. A celebration of Margay's life will be held on Sunday at 10:00 an at Jervy Gant Park, 2300 S.E. 32nd Ave at MCYFL East Football Field Ocala, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary, P.O. Box 306, Citra, FL 32113. Arrangements by FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME 5740 S. Pine Ave Ocala, FL 34480. Published in the Ocala Star-Banner from 9/27/2008 - 9/28/2008
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: St Augustine Beach (see photo of lighthouse)

Created by: DaveV
Record added: Sep 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30028293
MARION COUNTY, Fla. –  On the way home from North Marion Middle School a school bus was rammed by a semi truck.  Twenty-one students were involved in the accident and Frances Schee, 13, was one of those 21 students.  Schee did not survive.


Reinaldo Gonzalez, 30, hit the back of the school bus which was stopped at a stop sign on US 301.  Despite the buses clearly visible flashers, the truck hit the bus hard enough to push it forward some 200 feet.  After the impact both vehicles were engulfed in flames.  Twenty students were rescued from the burning bus as well as the bus driver thanks to the kind assistance of four motorists that happened to be passing by at the time of the incident.  Francis Schee, however, was pinned in the bus and it became impossible to rescue her from the burning bus; the teen burned alive.  According the Chris Mann, one of the rescuers, there was nothing that he could do to save the dying girl.

Gonzalez claims he never saw the bus stopped because he was too busy chatting on his mobile phone.  Eight students were transported to the hospital: two remained for more care while six were later released the same day.  The driver of the school bus was hospitalized for injuries to the knees, neck and back, and Gonzalez was also hospitalized for injuries he received to the head.


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