CLS lost a member of its student family when Sierra Stough, age 29, died in a car accident early this year. Sierra is survived by her mother, step-mother, step-father, grandparents, aunt, uncle and numerous other family members and friends.
Sierra was a 2004 graduate of Hilliard Darby and a 2010 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in art history. During her undergraduate studies, she spent several months in Italy studying art in Rome, Florence and the Vatican.
“Art was always her love and art history became her passion,” Sierra’s mother, Lisa Link, recalled. “She always considered obtaining a degree in art history to be her greatest achievement.”
Sierra moved to Fort Myers after graduation, accepting a position as curator/art liaison with the Art of the Olympians in Fort Myers, Florida. A highlight of her career was attending the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she designed the layout of the exhibition and hosted several receptions for athletes and dignitaries.
Soon after graduation, Sierra set her sights on pursuing a master’s degree in art. She decided to attend CLS because the online course format afforded her the opportunity to continue to work and remain in Fort Myers. She had a passion for life and was able to experience many once-in-a-lifetime adventures during her short stay in her new home.
Sierra was an avid softball player from age six, and her competitive spirit earned her many MVP awards. She continued to play in coed leagues as an adult. She loved to read books and had committed herself to reading all of the classics—her mother remembers that she even loved reading the dictionary as a child. Sierra was a die-hard Cleveland Browns and OSU Buckeye fan, and her lack of fear and sense of adventure led her to sky diving, hang gliding, ziplining and many other athletic pursuits.
“Sierra was extremely outgoing and never met a stranger,” her mother said. “She had a smile that would light up a room, and her energy and ambition was infectious to all who knew her. Sierra had a deep love for her family and friends and treasured her many relationships.”
Sierra’s vibrant personality was as colorful as the art she created. Her mother wants Sierra to be remembered for this and for the authentic love she shared with family and friends.
“She was a beautiful young woman who radiated inside and out. She was a blessing to all.”