LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Hundreds of students, former students, and parents came to a church in Lee County to pay last respects to Pamela Quintier, the cheer coach at Riverdale High School.
"She is an awesome woman and she really helped a lot of young girls. She was like a second mom to me and others," said Shelby Trammell, a former cheerleader at Riverdale.
Quintier died last Thursday of a brain tumor. She was 46 years old. She continued to be a caring person to the end, working with the cheer squad until just a few weeks ago.
"She was such a great coach," said Amber Nisbet, a senior, who's currently on the squad. "She pushed us to be number one. She did not go for second place. She touched the lives of so many girls at the school."
During her 14 years at Riverdale, Quintier won 9 consecutive state championships, and was name a National Coach of the Year.
"This whole community is feeling a tremendous loss,"said Larry Nisbet, the father of Amber. "It is a sad day, and a huge loss for the young people at the school."