DRYDEN, N.Y. — At a Moravia funeral home Wednesday afternoon, family fixed up the hair of a 20-year-old woman who died after being hit by a vehicle.
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Kaila Mae Baraby, 20, died Sunday after she was hit by a car in Dryden near the intersection of Quounist Road and North Street. Law enforcement are investigating but have not announced any charges.
On Wednesday, Baraby’s aunt Lisa Baraby, a cosmetologist, said it makes her feel better to know that she could do her niece’s hair just the way Kaila Baraby would have wanted.
Another aunt, Eve Cararo, and stepmother, Cira Baraby, agreed that Kaila Mae Baraby would have wanted to look glamorous.
“It gives me peace being here with her,” Cararo said.
She said her niece, who was called “Barbie” by her friends and family, was a model and dancer who had the kind of personality that instantly drew in a crowd of people.
“She was meant to be famous,” Cararo said. “She was meant to be something big.”
Kaila Mae Baraby was offered a modeling contract in New York City recently, her family said, but declined the offer to stay in Dryden with her friends and family.
Looking at a black and white photo of the girl waving her finger at the camera, the women agreed it was embodiment of their niece.
“She always made you laugh with one liners — one word,” Cira Baraby said. “She was someone you would meet and never forget.”
This fall, Kaila Mae Baraby planned to attend Tompkins Cortland Community College where she wanted to study cosmetology, like her aunt.
A true girly girl, Cararo said, her niece was always doing her hair and makeup and helping her friends do the same.
She attended schools in Moravia, Groton and Marathon and was a cheerleader at Moravia.
The women said some of their favorite memories of her are from family vacations and family reunions, whether they all went to Disney World or met at Cayuga Lake. They said they have too many memories of her dancing and telling jokes to pick a favorite one to retell.
She is survived by her mother Jaimie Poz Baraby, father Kenneth Baraby, sister Chelsi Caleb Compton, brother Bryce Baraby, nephew Cameron Compton and step-siblings Nicholas and Alexis, among other family members.
Calling hours for Kaila Mae Baraby are open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Wade Funeral Home on 22 Church St. in Moravia.
Funeral services, also open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the same funeral home. She will be buried in Lick Street Cemetery in Summerhill.
The family said memorial contributions are requested for the Dryden Fire Department Ambulance.