Remembering a unique butterfly of a girl gone too soon

Casey Lynn Guilfoyle "lived her life in fast-forward," her mother says.
Casey Lynn Guilfoyle was like a butterfly, her mother said Friday morning.
Casey Lynn Guilfoyle  Every since she was a baby, Casey "lived her life in fast-forward," Patricia Guilfoyle recalled from her Lebanon Township home a day after her daughter died from injuries suffered in an Aug.
3 crash in Washington Township, Warren County.
"She was quite anxious to get on to the next thing," Patricia said.
"...
She was like watching a movie unfolding.
You didn't know what was going to happen next." Casey, 18, had just graduated from Voorhees High School and was planning to go to Raritan Valley Community College to prepare for a career as a tech in the medical field, Patricia said.
Casey had a job at the Dunkin Donuts in Clinton, was saving money and had her car, he mother said.
All set for the next stage.
"She was anxious to start her life," Patricia said.
"...
She was on her way." Casey loved to ride horses, even competing a few times when she was younger.
The family co-leased a horse named Chrome, Patricia said.
Others gave up on the horse, but Casey didn't, her mother said.
And "Chrome became a beautiful horse." "They're the same," Patricia said of her daughter and the horse.
"She was coming into her own," Patricia said of Casey.
"I was really proud of her." On the day before she was hurt, Casey was in a park in Washington when a dog jumped into her car, Patricia said.
"He found her," Patricia said.
The dog smelled like a skunk, so Casey took him home and washed him three times, her mother said.
Patricia found Woody's owner and Casey was very sad the dog had to go home, but understood.
"She had a good heart," Patricia said, quietly remembering her daughter's beautiful eyes and hair.
"She would do anything for anybody.
She was like a hippie born in the Millennium.
She had a fashion style all her own.
She was unique." Casey's "creative side" was flourishing as she expressed her "different perspective on things" by taking "really awesome" photos with her phone, creating black and white drawings and making dream catchers, Patricia said.
Casey had even started crocheting, her mom added.
Casey very much enjoyed her friends and her boyfriend.
"She was a fun kid for her friends," Patricia said.
"She was not boring at all.
They would talk about her and start laughing." While Casey had a love of animals, she was also an expert shot with a bow and a rifle when hunting deer and turkeys in Pennsylvania, her mother said.
"She'd love an animal, save its life and then go on to hunt the next day," Patricia said.
"It's a balance." Patricia went moose hunting in Canada when she was pregnant with Casey and figures her daughter came out a hunter.
"It was in her veins," Patricia said.
"It's just the way we lived." The two passengers in Casey's car are recovering from broken bones, but "must have had an angel wrapped around them" in the car, considering the damage to the vehicle, Patricia said.
3 hurt in 1-car wreck in Warren County "She loved driving," Patricia said of her daughter.
"She was actually a good driver, ironically.
I don't know what happened in the middle of the night." For Casey, the head injury was just "too much" and she didn't wake up before she died, Patricia said.
They had hoped to donate her organs to the Sharing Network to help others, but because Casey was 18 and hadn't signed off ahead of time, that didn't work out, her mother said.
"The intention was there," Patricia said.
"I held her when she had her first heartbeats and I held her just as tight when she had her last," Patrica said.
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I'll miss the crap out of her." Casey is survived by her mother, her father Kevin Guilfoyle, of Edison, New Jersey, her brother Billy, 16, and many other relatives.
Her complete obituary can be read here, which includes a request for gifts to the first-responder organizations that came to Casey's aid as well as the Sharing Network.
A memorial service to celebrate Casey's life will be planned at a later date.
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