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Commemoration in Memory of Daisy L. Cuilty-Beltran - Jacksonville University  

Oak Tree Dedication - February 22, 2007

Jacksonville University’s academic symbol (an oak tree) and logo (“JU” with an oak leaf) were inspired by the majestic oaks that grace the campus.
Together, the symbol and logo communicate both the university’s vision and its traditional values.

The oak leaf is a fitting element of the logo, underscoring Jacksonville University’s identity as an institution of higher learning nestled among acres of oak trees.

• A millennia-old icon, the oak is significant in many cultures, representing strength, courage and truth.
• For ancient Germanic tribes, oak groves were a place of worship.
• In Celtic legend, the oak was considered a holy tree.
• As a symbol in Christianity, the oak is associated with steadfastness in faith and virtue.
• In addition, the oak is considered a symbol of great achievement, accomplished through patience, dedication, perseverance and commitment to the truth.

With this said, JU feels that a most appropriate way to celebrate the memory of a smiling, vivacious, beautiful young woman who loved to dance, who loved our friends, so loved her family, and who loved this University.

On behalf of the University, I am pleased to officially dedicate this thriving young oak tree to the life and memory of Daisy Beltran, with the knowledge that it will grow strong and tall, providing beauty and shelter for many years to come to our campus community and to the children here at Wilma’s Little People’s School.

Bryan F. Coker, Dean of Students
Jacksonville University


“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:3

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16  

In Honor of Mother's Day!  

May 6, 2010 - I found another poem Daisy wrote to me when she was 16 yrs. old (3 yrs. before she passed away.) Strangely enough I had not read it nor seen it. Not sure how it appeared in a folder with other items I had saved. To my surprise I found it just a few days before Mother's Day 2010. What a beautiful surprise! My dear daughter is still giving me moments of joy even after years of being gone!
I love you so much my dear daughter!

In Honor of Mother’s Day

When I first entered into this world
Your first was a miracle I was told
Through the years you’ve been a kind and gentle mother
Even though I probablY made your job tougher.
We’ve gone through so much these past 16 yrs.
And I will always hold you dear
When I turned one you taught my first words
But what came out of my mouth were nothing but slurs.
At two I began to learn how to walk
I would scribble all over the walls with a piece of chalk
At three you had to put up with my tantrums
Yet, you never gave up on me or run,
Because you’re my adoring mom.
You would primp my hair
With extreme care.
You threw me big parties
With yummy cakes, dressed in frilly dresses.
To me these were necessities.
You were always there for me.
Holding my hand.
Even when I was grumpy.
Eventually I became a teen
The hourglass was running out of sand.
My childhood left fast, it had seemed.
You would let me lean on you
When I would have fights with my best friend, Sue.
At first I hadn’t realized
That you were my best friend.

You were the one who dried my eyes.
You helped me with my homework.
But we decided to stop so we wouldn’t go berserk.
Sixteen came all too fast
But our relationship will always last
Dear Mom in honor of mother’s day
I want to emphasize how much I care for you
Today and everyday
Of my existence.
I appreciate you
So I give this poem to you
So it will forever, in your heart, stand.


Daisy Day  

On February 27, 2006, Wilma’s Little People, Day Care Center for Jacksonville University, where Daisy worked part-time during the last weeks of her life, held a commemoration in Daisy’s memory. 

Dr., Kay and Jeanine Garrett planned a beautiful and honorable ceremony where a black and white (casually, Daisy’s photography preference) dolphin’s theme picture which was drawn by a former student of the university, was unveiled in the walls of the center. 

Also, a picture of Daisy with the kids in the center’s wall was hung across the hall. Kids —ages 3-5— sang songs directed by their teacher. 

The celebration was a beautiful way of remembering Daisy, and making this day a Daisy Day!

Great smile  
"My smile is my signature" Daisy's remark!
Romans 12:2  
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Daisy's Song  
Words and music by Jevauhn “JJ Jones

Verse: 1
It’s hasn’t been too long, since the first day that we met,
And we will never forget. We looked at you, you looked at us, and we asked each other can we be friends, without hesitation, you said oh please
Now the rest is history, and from now on it’s make believe

Daisy, we’re going to miss you. Your beautiful smile that brightened our days, has now been taken away, we’re going to have to wait until my dream before we can see you again, so we hope that you stop by every other night.

Verse: 2
Friendly, loving, smart, much loved, are just a few of the things that we could call you
Monica, Moraima, Zenith, Aaron, Terra, Cha-Cha, Ramon, Moses, & JJ, we are just a few of the many who loved you
We still can’t believe that you were taken from us so soon, but we are going to move on and keep your legacy living on

Daisy, we’re going to miss you. Your beautiful smile that brightened our days, has now been taken away, we’re going to have to wait until our dreams before we can see you again, so we hope that you stop by every other night. 

© 2005, DoubleG Productions, DoubleG Music

Mother Daughter Poem  
-Marguerite Murer, edited by Daisy Beltran

I see it in the photo albums, page by page, all our mother-daughter memories, I can feel it in the dress you made for me when I was five. It matched yours beautifully. So I wore it with daughter’s pride. I can taste it still, the love you put in all my meals and desserts, teaching me I could cook and wash dishes. 

I can feel it from the insides as you drove me to soccer games or was it dance? I can hear it all too quickly, by thirteen, the sound of all of me – too cool to love you, to hip to be you, too busy for your endless chores and lists. I became so involved with making me, I’m sure you don’t quite exist. 

I’ll be able to recall it grounded at sixteen, I fight your structure and your limits with the energy of the rebel I’ve pound. “I never want to be like you,” I speak boldly so you’ll know, but you speak back, with a smile of wiser years. “It’s unavoidable, my daughter.” But I pretend to not hear. I’ll remember it all too well, at seventeen you hold my hand as heartbreak holds me all too fast. 

I’ll feel the car wheels as they roll all so quickly away from home. But as surely as the college miles are far, the closer to you I’ll grow. Then I’ll look around my house and chuckle instead of yell. From the kitchen, and shoe pile, to every tidy file this house will be mine, but mom it’ll really look like yours! I see it all so clearly in the mirror; even our hair looks the same. But even more than all of that it’s who I’ll become. 

And I feel your dedication, Mom, to stick things through until the end. After all you’re more than a role model you are an inspiration… a friend. So if I find myself doing something like you, I’ll hold my head quite tall, with a peaceful smile, I’ll realize I’ve become my mother after all.

Mother-Daughter Poem  

Volunteer Daisy Cuilty-Beltran Remembered  
Daisy, who graduated from Huntley High School in 2005 and her cousin, Denisse Cuilty volunteered at Administer Justice during the summer of 05’ with Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program area. The young lady worked as a team translating LITC brochures and promotional materials from English to Spanish.

“Daisy was really sweet,”says Administer Justice volunteer Bekkah Hacke who had worked with her. “She was really happy. She had just graduated high school and was excited about her future. Her expression was always so pleasant.”

Daisy will be remembered for her laugh, gentle manner and her warm and generous smile.


"I want all my friends to know the Lord" Daisy said to his cousin via email on Sept., of 2005, two months before she passed away. 

Friends were very important to her, and with that she wanted to make sure her friends make it to Heaven one day!


"Shut-up you guys....I'm trying to consecrate" - This was a remark Daisy used quite often with her friends at JU. Of course, this was a way of saying: "Im' trying to concentrate"

God of Wonders  
Words and Music by Mare Byrd & Steve Hindalong

Lord of all creation
Of the water, earth and sky
The Heavens are your Tabernacle
Glory To the Lord on high

God of wonders
Beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe
Declares your majesty
You are holy, holy

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
And when I stumble into darkness
I will call your name by night

God of wonders
Beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe
Declares your majesty
You are holy, holy

Hallelujah (to the Lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the Lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the Lord of heaven and earth)

Holy, holy
Holy, holy

God of wonders
Beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy

Precious Lord,
Reveal your heart to me
Father hold me, hold me

The Universe
Declares your majesty
You are Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy

Hallelujah (to the lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the lord of heaven and earth)
Hallelujah (to the lord of heaven and earth)

One of many favorite songs of Daisy - Impact Choir 2002 (words from her scrapbook)

copied from Daisy's scrapbook during her participation at Student  Impact Choir - led by Aaron Niquist

Worship Through Intercession:
Write a prayer for the vanderstelts

Worship Through Prayer:
Pray with staff, leaders & students.

Worship Through Reflection:
Thank God for what He did.

Wroship Through Dance:

Express yourself through physical worship

Worship Through Art:
Create a piece of art as an act of worship.

Worship Through Giving:
Give your resoruces back to God.

Worship Through Serving:
Assemble food items that will be given to the hungry.

Worship Through Serving:
Meet the needs of another in our community.

Worship Through Singing:
Lilft your voice to God

I Could Sing of your Love Forever  

Written by Martin Smith ©1994 Curious? Music UK 

Over the mountains and the sea,
Your river runs with love for me,
and I will open up my heart
and let the Healer set me free.
I'm happy to be in the truth,
and I will daily lift my hands:
for I will always sing of when
Your love came down. [Yeah!]

I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever. [Repeat]

Oh, I feel like dancing -
it's foolishness I know;
but, when the world has seen the light,
they will dance with joy,
like we're dancing now.

another favorite of Daisy, also on her scrapbook.

Let My Words Be Few  
Written by: Matt Redman & Beth Redman 

You are God in heaven, and here am I on earth,
So I'll let my words be few.
Je-sus, I_ am so in love with You.

And I'll stand in awe of You;
yes, I'll stand in awe of You.
And I'll let my words be few.
Je-sus, I_ am so in love with You.

The simplest of all love songs, I want to bring to You,
So I'll let my words be few.
Jesus, I am so in love with You. 

another favorite of Daisy, also on her scrapbook!

Amazing Love  
R. Kelly - Amazing Love Lyrics

I'm forgiven, because you were forsaken
Im accepted you were condemed
And im alive and well your sprit is within me
Because you died and rose again


Amazing Love how can it be
That your my king who died for me
Amazing Love I know its true
Its my joy to honor you (in all i do i honor you)

Chorus 1

Chorus 2 x2

You are my king, you are my king ,Jesus you are my king
Jesus you are my king

yap, another favorite of Daisy, also on her scrapbook!
Famous one  
Chris Tomlin

You are the Lord
The famous one, famous one
Great is Your name in all the earth
The heavens declare
You're glorious, glorious
Great is Your fame beyond the earth

For all You've done and yet to do
With every breath I'm praising You
Desire of the nations and every heart
You alone are God
You alone are God

The morning star is shining through
And every eye is watching You
Revealed by nature and miracles
You are beautiful
You are beautiful 

another favorite of Daisy, also on her scrapbook!

Scholarship Fund in Memory of Daisy L. Cuilty-Beltran  
Proceeds go to: Foundation for His Ministry-Oaxaca
Home for Needy Children and Outreach Ministries in Mexico
Federal Tax I.D. #AH 952499599N
PO Box 74000
San Clemente, CA 92673-0134
Phone (949) 492-2200
FAX (949)492-0900

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