Alyssa J. Baye

Alyssa Josephine Baye, 22, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed on Friday, March 25, 2011, at UIHC.

A celebration of Alyssa's life in music and word was held Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Alyssa was born July 1, 1988, in Rapid City, S.D.

Alyssa was a heart transplant recipient when she was 12 years old. She lived each day to the fullest, never taking life for granted. People were inspired and drawn to her like a magnet. Alyssa was an artist, singer and dancer. She was the greatest fan of Joe's band "Dead Larry". Alyssa was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend, who helped to reshape the lives of all those she touched. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Survivors include the love of her life, Joe Scarpellino; her mothers, Pamela Baye and Chantel Austin of Des Moines, Iowa; her father, and his fiancée, Sylvan Baye and Stephanie Williams of Riverside, Iowa; her three sisters, Angela and Greg Sullivan of Mountain View, Calif., Ashley Baye and Andy Frank of Riverside and Madison Baye of Des Moines; nephews, Bryceton, Ethan and Lane; grandparents, Richard and Teddy Baye of Philip, S.D. and Roger and Josephine Cook of West Chicago, Ill.; great grandmother, Florence Rogers of West Chicago; Joe's parents, Christopher Scarpellino of Iowa City and Martha Scarpellino of Des Moines; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Alyssa was preceded in death by her heart donor, Kristen Williams.

Family and friends may share their memories at www.lensingfuneral. com