"She was quiet," childhood friend Sue Pickwell, who was a bridesmaid at Schiavo's wedding, told the Washington Post. "She didn't like the limelight. How ironic is that?"
Friends described her as a sweet, fun girl who giggled a lot, liked to hang out at the mall, watch Starsky and Hutch on TV and travel to Disney World.
Unhappy with her weight and thick glasses, Terri Schindler avoided school dances. She graduated from a Catholic high school in 1981 and met her future husband, Michael Schiavo, in a sociology class at Bucks County Community College.
Michael was the first man who paid any attention to her, friends said. They were married on Nov. 10, 1984, when she was 20, in her childhood church, and went to Disney World on their honeymoon...
"You know what Terri would say right now?" her childhood best friend, Diane Meyer, told the Miami Herald. "She would say, 'All this for me?"'
"Terri never dreamed of saving the world, whether through her living or through her death. She just wanted to be your common, everyday, happy woman."