Unexpected surprise in deceased daughter’s makeup bag takes parents on a precious journey

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Grieving California parents found an unexpected surprise when cleaning out their late daughter’s apartment: a bucket list tucked into a makeup bag. Little did they know it would soon launch them on a new journey, or inspire others to do the same.

“She wanted to tour Niagara Falls, save someone’s life, which she did that, many times over,” Sandra Chesterman told CBS News of the comforting find.

Her 21-year-old daughter, Kristina Chesterman, an aspiring nurse, was on her way home after a long day studying in September when a car struck her while she was riding her bike on a road in Chico, Calif.,  CBS News reported.

When the heart-sick parents went to the young woman’s apartment to clean out her things, they came across a small toiletry bag, with a folded handwritten note inside.

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“I opened up a drawer, and I found just this makeup bag,” Sandra Chesterman said, adding that her daughter was able to cross one noble item off her bucket list shortly after her death.

“By donating her organs, she saved lives,” said the mother, who found some humor in some of her daughter’s simple wishes. “This next one makes me laugh. She wanted to break up a fight between two guys over her, which I think is so cute. And I don’t know that it ever happened, but it should have.”

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Inspired by their daughter’s aspirations, the Chestermans embarked on a new mission.

“Because she didn’t get to do this, we wanted to complete it for her,” the girl’s father, David Chesterman, said.

The parents accomplished their first bucket-list task a few weeks ago, when they visited Niagara Falls.

When the story of their journey to fulfill their daughter’s bucket list began to spread on social media, the online community responded big — by completing some of the unfinished items themselves, then posting their experiences on a Facebook page set up in Kristina Chesterman’s honor.

“I think that it is just amazing that she could have that effect on someone who never even know her,” David Chesterman told CBS News.


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