Iris Sol Cave

August 27, 2023


Iris Sol Isabella Strawberry Shortcake Fudge Brownie Cave, age 20, died suddenly and unexpectedly in her home on Sunday, August 27. Iris loved cats, doing her eyebrows, Emily the Strange, Twilight, laughing, Bob Ross, Hannah Montana, and eating at restaurants then putting the leftovers in the fridge marked ‘Do Not Eat!” Iris loved her siblings so much, was always so proud of them, and genuinely loved every minute spent with them.

As a child Iris was game for anything; riding motorcycles, hiking with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, dancing, road trips with anyone, being a badass hula hooper, exploring, pogo sticking, sidewalk chalking, moon shoes, listening to dad jokes, going to work with her parents, lip syncing songs that her family loved, and when her siblings came home from school.

In her teen years Iris developed a love for being 45 minutes late to leave the house, family even more, cats still, napping late, scary movies, astrology, family coffees, and cooking. Iris could also be found slicing and embellishing clothes in the basement all in the name of fashion. During this time Iris also found a love for activism and live music. Both of which she was very passionate about. Also during her teen years Iris developed quite an impressive crystal and rock collection, a love for the State Fair, and friends.

After overcoming some challenging mental health obstacles, Iris excelled and graduated from Fairview Alternative High School in Roseville, Early! An accomplishment she was very proud of.

Iris had plans. In the winter of 2023 Iris started the esthetician program at St. Paul College where she earned straight A’s! [for which she was also so so proud]. Once earning her esthetician certification, Iris planned on moving somewhere warm [she would say she likes the warm weather because she was from Florida]. In the short term Iris had plans to put black cat stickers on her waxing cart and wear black gloves while doing eyebrows. [Iris even was growing her eyebrows so a classmate could practice on her].

Doing life with a neuro-diverse brain was sometimes a challenge for her but at the same time she was such a fun, interested, interesting, funny, sweet, generous, quirky, grouchy, kind, fun-loving girl. Most of all she was a great great listener.

Iris’s passing has left so many people on this earth grieving with deep sadness. All of whom are still searching for her around every corner, in every cat meow, in every eye roll, and in every sole in every Van hi top. Those included in this grief are Iris’s proud parents Molly and James Cave, her birth mother Leslie Stratton, grandmother Linda Crosby and grandfather Sam Cave, and birth grandparents Margie and Mike Stratton.

Iris and her siblings Zachary, Zoe, Bright, Eli, Poppy [and DJ], had so many things still to do with Iris and are mourning the things not done. No bowling, hammocking, movie watching, video gaming, tractor riding at the cabin, Facetiming, or bumming money or mooching food with her siblings.  

Our lives are forever changed and the hole in our heart cannot be filled. We all have so much to say to you Iris. We hope you can hear us. We will love you eternally.

A celebration of Iris will take place this Saturday, September 2 from 10-noon at Wabun Park Picnic Area pavilion C [like CAT, meow] 4655 46th Ave S., Minneapolis. 

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