Giana (Gia)

June 5, 2017 ~ August 1, 2020

Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Giana (Gia) Kathleen Plumeri, 3 years old, of Owensboro went home peacefully to Heaven on August 1, 2020 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
She was born on June 5, 2017 to Dominic Plumeri and Larissa Sampson.
Gia was proceeded in death by her great grandmother, Larissa Lewis and grandfather, Thomas Plumeri.
Gia will be forever remembered and loved by her mother, Larissa; brothers, Ayden and Jaxon Sampson; sister, Layla Sampson; her dad, Dominic; sister, Niya Plumeri; grandparents, Kathy Lewis, Zelma Harris, Jimmie Byrd, Stacy Plumeri; great-grandmother, Grace Wright; special aunt, Vicki Dietz; special cousin, Gina Plumeri-Wessel and a host of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Despite her few precious years on Earth, she deeply touched the hearts of those who knew her. Gia was such a little girl but her personality was so big in spite of her battle with leukemia. She was happy, beautiful, strong, and determined. Gia will forever be remembered by her love for food, princesses, animals, tutus, and Jesus. She loved him and knew that he loved her too.
Services will be at 2pm Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory.
Visitation will be from 10am to 2pm Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
All those who wish to honor and remember Gia in person at the visitation or service are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Norton Children’s Hospital.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Giana Kathleen Plumeri. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Gia and sign her virtual guest book by going to

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  1. I watched Gia’s journey through Facebook. Her personality was so was bright despite everything thrown against her. She always made me smile! Sending my love and prayers!

  2. Fly high sweet girl!!! Your beautiful smile was so contagious and could light up the world!!! We sure will miss seeing your beautiful pictures and videos!!! Get your rest sweet baby!!!

  3. Gia,

    You were so loved more so than just family but the whole world. You brightened everyone’s day with your beautiful smile and big heart. You came to this world to some people like myself that God is still loving and still here. You’ve touched so many souls with your little spirit. Fly high baby on your princess wings. I know you are watching over your mommy and family. You will always have a place in our hearts. You are finally home.

    🧡🧡Bless your little soul and smile. 🧡🧡

    Lighting this candle for you

    • Gia. Touched so many lives thru her stories u guys shared. That sweet beautiful smile would melt my heart. U could see the Love of Jesus. All over her. She will be missed by many.

  4. My sweet princess Giana. Light of my life, joy of many. Touched people all over the world with her smile and courage. We danced and played, she was the boss of me. I look forward to playing again my sweet girl. Until then I love you and have some fun. Aunt Vicki

    • It was an absolute gift knowing Gia, and her strength and sweetness were inspiring to so many. Her spirit and smile were contagious, and she was a little light that drew all who were near her. We love you, Gia, and are sending all of our love to your family also.

  5. The pictures and videos her loving Aunt Vicki would share with us made everyone fall in love with her. How could you not with her beautiful smile and infectious personality?! She was truly an angel on Earth and God called her home.
    Prayers to the family and all that loved her.

  6. I am a friend through her grandmother, and followed her journey through Facebook. This precious angel gained her wings and will light up the sky in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Giana was such a special girl. I will forever love and miss you ❤️May you be free of pain and full of strength with the lord🕊

  8. She was such a beautiful soul and she lit up the room with her contagious smile 🧡 Lifting your family up in our prays! So sorry for your loss 🙏🏻

  9. She was such a beautiful soul and she lit up the room with her contagious smile 🧡 Lifting your family up in our prays! So sorry for your loss 🙏🏻

  10. I know God is good when he took you home to be with him so you wouldn’t be in no more pain. We all loved seeing your smiling face on fb it was such a joy to see that smile. Thank you Gia for letting us in you are an inspiration to us all! ❤️

  11. Sweet princess, you will light up the sky in heaven and wear those wings with love. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  12. Diana S.
    Gia made me smile thru facetime. she danced in her tutu n laughed. she touched my soul n gave me happiness for 2 yrs. now she can play n run n have fun
    love you Gia till we meet again.

  13. Love and prayers for Gia’s family and friends. Thank you for sharing your special girl and her journey with all of us. She made the world brighter with her beautiful smile and personality. Truly beautiful inside and out.

  14. Diana schlessinger
    Gia touched my soul with her singing dancing laughing. we said hello to each other thru facetime. i enjoyed watching all the animals in her wagon. she gave me such happiness during the last 2 yrs. havr fun run n play till we meet again sweet Gia

  15. May sweet Gia Rest In Peace. You have truely gained the most beautiful soul to watch over You. Our thoughts and prayers continue to surround you. ❤️❤️❤️

  16. To all of the family I am truly sorry for the loss of such a beautiful, fighting princess, who earned her wings to go to heaven she will no longer suffer anymore. Special hugs, live and prayers for Larissa and Dominic, Kathy and all of GIA’s siblings. GIA fought so so hard every day to defeat this battle. Rest in heaven sweet girl.

  17. I never got the honor of meeting this beautiful princess but I knew some of her family on her mother’s side and by following her journey on Facebook I could tell she was such a strong, determined, happy and beautiful baby girl!! It saddens me that she had to leave this earth so early but God makes no mistakes and what’s in his plan we have to accept. Rest easy and fly high baby girl for your suffering is now over and your pain is gone. You are now made whole and can play in Heavens playground without anymore cares or worries. Your family and friends will miss you but I know they will forever hold you in their hearts. Goodbye for now until I meet you one day in the sky ❤🙏🏽

  18. No words can express the pain that any of you are going through, but know there are so many ppl lifting each of you in prayer. GIA was such an inspiration and fought her fight for such a long time, now she has went onto heaven and has no more pain. Special hugs and prayers to Larissa and Dominic, her siblings, and grandparents. Team GIA always and forever.

  19. Gia, you are such a sweet little girl that your smile could light up a room. Just knowing that you are no longer in pain is such a blessing. Watch over your mom, your dad, your siblings, your Grandma Kathy, and the rest of your family. Fly high sweet girl.

  20. Gia is God angel 😇 now. We will miss her beautiful smile and All of her video that you share with us through her journey. Gia has touch all of our hearts and always will be remembered and be missed. Praying for you all in this difficult time …that God will give you comfort and strength 💔💕🙏🏾💐

  21. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.

  22. We love you Giana. You were a spcial little girl, our Great Niece. You will never be forgotten. ❤❤❤❤

  23. We love you. You were a special little girl. A warrior in a tu-tu. You fought hard. Now you can rest in Jesus’ arms. You will never be forgotten. Forever Baby G. We love you.
    Aunt Linda and Uncle Tommy

  24. Saddened by the loss of this beautiful butterfly! May you all find comfort in one another during this most sorrowful time.

    • I am deeply sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers. Rest in Paradise sweet Angel Gia💜

  25. To be absent from the body IS to be present WITH the Lord .. a precious li’l angel – only here for a moment … you are now free … Fly high …

  26. Praying for your family during this time. I imagine Gia running and playing with other children in Heaven. Laughing with God. She is completely healed.

  27. Just want you all to know how much Gia touched all our lives! I didn’t know you all but have followed your journey and prayed for you daily! She was so Beautiful! I am truly sorry and hope the pain lightens knowing she is in Gods Arms! God Bless your Family in this tough time

  28. I got to see beautiful Gia a couple of times in the hospital at Cincinnati while I was there with my nephew! Loved seeing her dressed up and her gorgeous smile! I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss! Your family is in my prayers!

  29. Cousin Larissa, and Kathy,
    Sorry I cannot be there with you all at this time, but I wanted you to know that I’m thinking about you and your in my prayers.Gia had a beautiful lil spirit about her from what I say, she’s in no more pain though and is with our heavenly father.
    Much Love

  30. I followed Gia on Facebook. Loved seeing her smiling face, made my day. Gia may you Rest In Peace…my condolences to the entire family…my thought and prayers are with you. 🙏❤️

  31. Gia, you touched so many lives around the world, including one from Norway. I wish i had a chance to meet you. I love your smile. My deepest condolences to the family.🧡

  32. We briefly met during our own stay at Norton Children’s and the Ronald McDonald House. The Divito’s have kept us updated on Gia after you went to Cincinnati. We will continue to cover your family in prayers.

  33. Precious little girl!!! Prayers for the entire family. No more pain. She will now watch you from heaven!!

  34. I never got the privilege of meeting your sweet soul in person but I have had the chance to teach your brother Ayden and know your uncle Thomas. You are one loved little girl with a smile that could light up a room. I followed your story on Facebook and my thoughts and prayers are with you all 🙏🏼❤️

  35. Gia was a beautiful soul, with an adorable smile! My heart breaks for you all. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time!

  36. Gia seemed to be such a happy princess i watched her journey on fb and she was so loved by so many people prayers for the family RIH princess Gia
    Fly high Gia

  37. Gia personality touched my soul and heart. This young girl gave me life when I felt as if I couldn’t live. I will always remember that beautiful smile and the happiness and joy she have rest easy sweet angel


  38. Thank you baby Gia for being a strong and courageous fighter. I totally fell in love with you the day you smiled at me on FB. Your personality was absolutely magnetic along with your funny jestures and contagious smile. It was so hard to see you leave this earth as I had prayed many prayers and my heart breaks for your family they’ve loss a magnificent gift. But Only God could love you more. ❤

  39. I will never see a tutu or a princess dress and not think of Gia. I never met her but I truly loved her!!

  40. Sending my love to the Sweetest Little Princess, her family, and her health care providers. May your unforgetable smile shine forever more.

  41. Gia was such a beautiful soul with the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen, she has touched so many hearts throughout her journey and is such an inspiration to many, sweet dreams beautiful Angel ❤💛💟💚💙

  42. I was honored to be able to share Gia Journey. Your little Angel brought a huge smile to me when I was having a bad day. To look at her pictures and see her contagious smile and to know how brave she was. My heart goes out to her Mom, Dad and siblings.

  43. Gia we love you. You were so strong. Courageous. Sweet. Loveable. May the Angels hold you sweetly. I will always remember you.

  44. What a beautiful angel Heaven has gained! Healing is yours Gia! Thank you Lord for Gia’s time on earth with her loving family.

  45. God, we know that sweet little Gia is in heaven with you but her family is grieving the loss of her here on earth. It seems unfair and it’s devastating, but I pray that you would continue to wrap your arms around them as they cry, mourn, and remember the life of this precious child. Please be with the parents as they mourn the loss of the hope they had for their child. Wipe their tears when it just seems too heavy for them. Please wrap your arms around them and send people their way who will love them, provide for their needs, and who will walk alongside them through this time of mourning.  Help them to cast all their worries, concerns, hurts, and suffering to You. Give them the strength to take one day at a time, one moment at a time, and one step forward at a time. 

  46. Through the time of watching Gia’s journey her spirit and smile lit up every room she entered. My thoughts and prayers are with both families.

  47. To my Baby Gia, I miss you so much🧡 I’m so hurt and I know your in a better place I will really miss you 😘 love your Mimi

  48. A beautiful angel who touched many during her short time with us! Sending love and prayers❤️

  49. Such a beatiful baby girl, inside and out, only on this earth a short time. But oh how many were blessed by her presence in her 3 short years. Much love, and prayers for all her family, that God will give you peace and comfort.

  50. I never had the pleasure of meeting this precious little girl but, she touched my heart in so many ways. My sincerest condolences to Dominic, Niya, Roco and the rest of her family. I know Gia is dancing with God and giggling with the angels. R.I.P. GIANA PLUMERI

  51. I followed the short and painful life of this beautiful child over the last two years and it hurt me to see what was going thru. Rip Gia 😥😥😥🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  52. Gia, So small but so strong you had a huge impact on so many of our lives you will be missed Rest in Heaven Beautiful Princess.
    Sending lots of love hugs and Prayers to the family .

    Love ,
    The Langs

  53. Dominic and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. May God hold you in his palm and comfort you in the days to come.

  54. I have been following Gia through her grandmother, Stacy. I’ll never forget her beautiful face and the spirit she showed.
    May her family and friends accept my heartfelt condolences and prayers for comfort and peace in this devastating time. She’s home now, wrapped in Angel wings without sorrow and pain.

  55. Beautiful Gia,RIP
    May the Angels welcome you home Precious Gia
    May God comfort all the Family at this truly sad time
    Thank you for sharing Gia’s journey with us via Tik Tok
    She truly was a fighter til the end
    Sending all my love,hugs and prayers from Durban,South Africa

  56. I may have never met little Gia but she has touched my heart tremendously.
    I shared her story with my kids and we looked forward seeing updates on her. The day she passed broke my heart and I even cried .
    We will never forget you Gia.
    You we’re loved way in New Orleans ,Louisiana .
    Rest in heaven beautiful angel❤️

  57. Gia will always be remembered. She was that extra strength for me on some days that I needed. Just seeing that smile..her sweet, big smile… It’s crazy what a smile can do for us but to me it was BIG. She fought the good fight and I know that smile was the biggest when Jesus took her in his arms. I’m praying for you all. Cherish those memories and most definitely that precious smile. Larissa your inspiring and I know your strength is fierce.
    Love, Prayers & Hugs.

  58. Little dancer! While I didn’t get to know you as much as I would have liked, I was updated often of your antics, special moments, and love for dance and music! You, little baby girl, are still spreading your joy. My heart smiles every time I watch you dance in your tutu! Love to you and your family and may there be an endless wardrobe of tutus in Heaven with Jesus.

  59. Gia had such a beautiful soul and was one of our very favorite kids at Y Wee Care. She brought many laughs with her dancing and that big smile of hers was so contagious. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m sure she is dancing in Heaven!

  60. You don’t know me, but just the photo of your child touched my heart so much. I have lost two grandchildren, a granddaughter who was stillborn and a 22-year old grandson who died four years ago in a motorcycle crash and left a wife and two small sons. So, I know some of what your family is going through. You know, GOD has HIS arms around your child right now, and all she sees is light and GOD’S love. Your family is in my prayers and GOD be with you all.

  61. Even though we are related to little Gia Plumeri, we are among the relatives from Illinois who have never met her or her parents. Like so many others, though, we have followed her story via fb and e-mails from other relatives. We all know she is now safe in heaven, thanks be to God, pain-free and more beautiful than ever. And without meeting them, we also know that Gia’s parents are among the best of the best of us, but that their pain remains for now. Someday, though, we will all meet in heaven and without speaking a word, we will know each other. Thank you, Lord, for your unbounding love which came to us through Gia and her parents.

  62. Dom we are all sending our prayers and condolences during this time of your families loss. The entire EGV team is saddened by this loss of your young daughter Giana. We found out a little late about today’s services but no matter what we are there with you all in spirit and prayer. May God comfort and strengthen you all in the day’s to come.

  63. Gia you are so beautiful!! I know you are dancing and singing with Jesus now!! Love you baby girl always. I know you and Anna got eachother and have someone to play with. Your beautiful spirit and smile will always and forever be remembered in my heart. Larissa you are in my prayers and heart always. Along with all of Gias wonderful family.

  64. I am so sorry for such a tremendous loss. May you rest assured that she is healed and sitting comfortably in the arms of Jesus, looking forward to the day that she will be joined with you once again. May you find comfort in God’s living Grace.

  65. Always in our hearts, watch over your buddy KK and the rest of your friends! You are the bravest most beautiful little girl I’ve ever had the honor of meeting! A beautiful light just like your mother!

  66. Always in our hearts, watch over your buddy KK and the rest of your friends! You are the bravest most beautiful little girl I’ve ever had the honor of meeting! A beautiful light just like your mother! We love you!

  67. Gia, you are at peace in the arms of Jesus Christ our savior. Even though I have only known you for a short time through pictures of your smiling face with your mom and grandmom you have touch my soul. Sleep on little warrior you will be reunited your mom and siblings one day.

  68. Thoughts and PRAYERS during these most difficult times. Such a beautiful little Angel now resting in the arms of our Master. May God comfort your hearts. Sister Katie Floyd

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