WINNIPEG, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - A Home-going Celebration for Ana Grace
Márquez-Greene, 6, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary
School shooting, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomfield, Conn.
A live satellite feed of the service will be broadcast at Grant Memorial
Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba at 11 am. Guests
are asked to "wear something purple, sparkly or with sequins". Out of
respect for media guidelines in Bloomfield, and at the request of the
family, NO MEDIA are to attend the service. Requests for interviews,
quotes and photos can be directed to email@example.com.
Memorial messages can be posted at www.Facebook.com/RememberingAna. A photo album entitled 'media' will have photos for media use.
Online condolences can also be made at www.carmonfuneralhome.com.
Ana's parents, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene have asked that
donations in her memory be made to one's choice of following funds:
The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Memorial Bursary, care of The University of
Winnipeg Foundation, 901 - 491 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 2E4 or http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/donate-now
The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund, care of Western
Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181
White St., Danbury, CT, 06810 or http://www.wcsu.edu/ia/greene-scholarship.asp;
The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Family Therapy Fund, care of the Outpatient
Clinic/Family Therapy Institute, Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood
St, New Britain, CT 06052
The Artist's Collective, 1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112
In addition, friends have set up a fund to support the Marquez-Greene
family at http://anagracefund.imageworksllc.com/
Ana is survived by her father, Jimmy Greene, a jazz saxophonist and an
assistant professor of music at Western Connecticut State University;
her mother, Nelba Márquez-Greene, program coordinator for the Family
Therapy Institute at Klingberg Family Centers and Central Connecticut
State University adjunct faculty; and her brother Isaiah, a happy,
intelligent and musical boy who loves hockey and very much misses his
Ana's love for singing was evident before she was even able to talk. In
a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out
remarkably. And she never walked anywhere — her mode of transportation
was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced
to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head. Ana
loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as
acts of worship. We ask that you pray for the legions of people who are
left behind to cherish memories of her.
Nelba Márquez-Greene said she hopes the tragedy of the school shooting
will bring a greater awareness to mental health issues and to reduce
the stigma attached to those with mental illness, perhaps preventing
tragedies like the one that took Ana's life. Information on how those
with mental illness can get help can be found at www.aamft.org.
SOURCE: Remembering Ana
For further information:
Steve West or Chris Schroeder