Magnolia Sibley-Wilson, whose short life may leave a long legacy, died in her sleep on Jan. 27, in her Kingsbridge Heights home. She was 22 months old.
Her mother, Kendra Sibley, said her little girl loved stairs, swinging at the park, turning on lights, wearing other peoples’ shoes and climbing up and down her neighbors’ stoops.
She also loved books and being read to, which led Ms. Sibley and her husband, Sasha Wilson, to honor their daughter by bringing the gift of reading to other children. The family has set up a fund in her name at the New York Public Library that will be used to buy children’s books for libraries in the Bronx.
“In her young life, Magnolia became a lover of books. She would pick a book off the shelf and find the closest person and say ‘Sit!’ and ‘Read!’ She would go back for more and more books, happy to spend a whole hour in a lap reading,” her parents wrote on the New York Public Library’s donation web page for Magnolia. “We are happy to know that other children in the Bronx will benefit from her love of reading and that many children will cuddle up in laps reading books bought in her honor.”
In addition to her parents, Magnolia is survived by her sister, Delphinium Sibley-Wilson.
To donate, go to www.nypl.org/magnolia.