Etheridge, Sophia "Sophie" Claire

January 9, 2001 - November 11, 2015

Sophia (Sophie) Claire Etheridge

A gathering is planned for January 10, 2016, from (about) 2:45-3:45 at the Grandview Grange 2280 East Noble Place, Centennial, Colorado to celebrate her life and share memories.  This is primarily intended for her Colorado friends, but others are welcome.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served; feel free to bring something to share. All are invited to bring and share memories, via digital images (still or animated), spoken or written sentiments (bring with you or write something on paper provided, anonymous or signed, to be given to Claire and/or read at the gathering, or sealed for no-one else to see and buried with her ashes at a later time). Feel free to email [email protected] for more information.

A Memorial service was held the evening of Tuesday, November 17, 2015 First Presbyterian Church of Plano 1500 Jupiter Road, Plano, TX 75074

Survived by: her loving parents, Claire Bennett of Centennial CO, and Mark Etheridge and partner, Laura Dorsett of Plano TX; sister Alexis Etheridge of Irving TX; grandmother Georgia Etheridge, Reese TX; aunts & uncles: Daniel & Elizabeth (McCutcheon) Horn, Roswell NM; David and Patricia (Campbell) Bennett, Englewood CO; Michael & Patricia (Etheridge) Spenla, Reese TX; Gregory & Peggy Etheridge, Richardson TX; Lee & Ginger Etheridge, Manvel TX; Joseph & Vickie Etheridge, Virginia Beach VA; a large extended family; and pet schnauzer Crimson.  Preceded in death by grandparents Irving Bennett, Florence Skinner, Denver CO; Travis Etheridge, Reese TX.

Though born in Colorado, she was a Texan at heart with Aggie spirit.  She attended Log Cabin Learning Academy (Killeen TX), First Step Learning Center (Temple TX), Oak Creek School (Garland TX), Miller Elem (Richardson TX), Murphy MS (Murphy TX), Newton MS (Centennial CO), Armstrong MS (Plano TX); freshman at McMillen HS (Murphy TX). She was also a videographer for PISD football games.  She loved all critters.  She was a sweet, polite, multi-talented, quirky, meticulous, unique, smart, and beautiful person.  She was loved by many and touched countless more.  She participated in two years of Kung Fu, progressing through five levels, and four years of Drama Kids International. Sophie played softball in Sachse for one season and she had also played clarinet in the band. Her passions included playing piano; watching (and drawing) anime and manga; creating other visual art with various media (painting, photography, origami …); playing video games; listening to music; watching movies, cartoons, and silly videos.  Her favorite food was Steak – rare.

In lieu of flowers, contributions (in Sophia’s name/honor) are requested to charitable organization(s) of your choosing; suggestions include: support of troubled teens, local humane society/shelter, scholarships for music lessons, First Presbyterian Church of Plano, Geneva Glen Camp (Indian Hills CO).

11/11/2015 quote of the day: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss (

11/11/2015 word of the day: otaku (

Sweetheart, we love you deeply and miss you immensely – such a beautiful person. You have been such a joy to us, so talented, and always brought us happiness; you are our light.  Be at peace, and know you will always be remembered, forever in our hearts.  We celebrate your life.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

18 replies on “Etheridge, Sophia "Sophie" Claire”

Wayne and Lucy Foster says:

Please accept our condolences. Words cannot express how we feel. Sophie was a beautiful, kind and e loving young lady. We pray God will comfort you all at this time. God is good enough to leave us with beautiful memories. If there is anything you all need, please let us know. Our prayers are with all of you.

Haley Reese says:

I miss and love you with all of my heart and soul, Sophia. I will never forget the memories we created together. You were such an amazing friend. I love you. Speak to me and visit me.

Andrea Baer says:

Sophia you were my most beautiful friend. Thank you for introducing me to anime and MCR and taking me to see the beautiful botanical gardens. I will miss you so much and I hope we will meet again some day.

Kay Reed Lusk says:

Words can’t express my grief for your loss. She is at peace now and I hope that thought gives some relief.

Lucy Ritchie & Jadie Suddeth says:

Sophia, we love and miss you so very much. God gained a beautiful angel. Rest in peace my love.

Lucas Medero says:

I’m so so so sorry. I really can’t believe that this happened and I hope that wherever you are, you’re at peace.

Janet Cutini says:

Words seem so inadequate at this time. Mark, know that your work family is with you in spirit. We are praying faithfully for your strength and comfort.

Janet Cutini

Catie Gamito says:

I really wish I had talked to you some more, but for some reason I have a feeling that you and I would have been great friends. God has gained an amazing, beautiful angel. Rest in peace, Sophia.

Jim and Liz Reed says:

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. We empathize with you and know that the loss of a child is something you will never get over, but it does get easier with the passage of time! May God bless your family and comfort you during this terrible time!

Trav Neumann says:

I am sorry to read about this. You and your family are in our prayers. May the God of all comfort comfort you in this time of loss and grieving. Please contact me anytime.

Floyd Etheridge says:

Sophie will be loved forever by her family and friends. My heartfelt thoughts go out to you all.

John, Jana, Jacob, and Rachel Lucas says:

Mark and Claire,

We are so sorry and so saddened for the loss of Sophia. We remember the beautiful little girl who would light up our world when she would come over, or when we met for dinner while you all were in Denver. Our family cannot begin to imagine the pain you are feeling, but please know that our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We love you!

Jayne and Randy Heath says:

Dear Mark and Claire,
My heart hurts for both of you. Sophie always had a special place in our hearts with fond memories of babysitting her as a baby and watching her grow up. I can’t imagine the loss you both must feel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Katie Schoenekase says:

I just want to say how deeply sorry I am for yall. I was only one of Sophia’s classmates and I am having even having a hard time I can’t imagine how hard it most be. Your family will forever be in my prayers. I just wanted to let you know that I am going to do a short sermon at the Murphy middle school joy club. For a while I was really struggling to find a topic but after all of this the lord just put it on my heart to discuss we have to lean on him during hard times. We have to trust in his will and not let the devil tell us otherwise. I can’t imagine how hard it is for yall but you have to give it to the Lord. I would encourage you to look up the song Nothing I Hold Onto by will Reagan& United pursuit and also the song My Rest by MVMNT band. It is going to be hard but the Lord will give your family strength. I know this might seem random but I am giving this sermon in Sophias honor. The lord put it on my heart to share that with you and I your family will forever be in my prayer requests.

Katherine Gallegos says:

Many blessings now and always,,, with many hugs…! Your loss is shared by all your dancing friends.
much love

Laura says:

I got Starbucks with her once with Ellie and I fell in love with her looked so good in her I was convinced I had to do it myself . Still have red under my hair till this day

Mark Etheridge says:

Another year has passed and there is not a day that goes by without thinking of you. I love and miss you!

Lee Etheridge says:

Your missed every day. Your cousin Aaron mentions you every so often as you were his only cousin anywhere near him in age. So does Matthew. Both you and Aaron were kindred spirits and he colored his hair blue because you had done yours. I’m very grateful we got to spend your last weekend with you at Reese. I know the Lord is with you and you are at peace but you left us way to soon. Fly high angel!

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