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MARSHALL, Diamond Ann

June 15, 2005 – Calgary, AB
December 8, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of 9-year-old Diamond Ann Marshall, who spent her final moments at Rotary Flames House with her father Lyall and her mother Danielle before departing to be with her mommy Memory in Heaven.

Though her time on Earth was short, she lived a very big and full life. Diamond was born on June 15, 2005 in Calgary and, with her sparkling personality and beaming smile, she lived up to her name almost immediately. At the age of 5, Diamond was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of advanced cancer. She would fend off the disease three times before it eventually claimed her life. Diamond’s impact was enormous. She inspired and helped redefine several cancer-fighting fundraisers, including Hockey For the Cure, Faceoff Against Cancer and Hockey Marathon. These record-setting hockey events raised millions of dollars for cancer research. Despite these achievements, it was her beautiful personality and infectious energy that will live on. Those who didn’t know Diamond well will remember her as the lucky little girl who got to meet Prince William and hug Duchess Kate. But those familiar with Diamond know that William and Kate were the lucky ones. It was fitting too that Diamond loved princesses so much, as her grace, poise and beauty was evident no matter what the situation or how bad her medical treatments impacted her. She was not one to feel sorry for herself and instead focused on how to get the most out of life, which made her a role model at a very young age.

Besides her loving father Lyall and mother Danielle, Diamond is survived by her sister Freya; grandparents Neil and Linda Marshall; uncle Keith and aunt Susie Marshall; cousins Cohen, Tyler and Robin; aunt Sarah and uncle Jon Lambe, cousins Marcus, Georgia and Clara; grandparents Harold and Sherry Jimmy, of Jackfish, SK; grandmother Martiena Jimmy of Cold Lake, AB; aunt Melanie Jimmy and cousins Caitlin and Maesie of Sherwood Park, AB; uncle Scott Fenrich of Sherwood Park, AB; and grandparents Dick and Margriet Husiman, aunt Vivienne and uncle David Feick, cousins Thomas and Willem; as well as numerous other friends and relatives.

Diamond was predeceased by her mommy Memory, who succumbed to a rare pregnancy cancer shortly after her 32nd birthday in 2007.

A special thank you to the exceptional care that Diamond received from the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the Alberta Children’s Hospital – they were her biggest cheerleaders. A private service for family and friends will be held. The Diamond Shine Fund has been set up to honour Diamond. It will seek to advance knowledge of and treatments for childhood cancer. Donations are being accepted online by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation through In Memory Of – Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation or the ‘Donate Now’ section of the website or through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818. www.albertachildrenshospital.ab.ca

In living memory of Diamond Marshall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Krista Sylvester :

    I only met Diamond a few times through work circumstances (for the hockey marathon) but her beautiful personality, inspiring strength and addictive energy has always left an impact. I’m so sorry she was taken far too soon and my condolences go out to everyone this has affected, especially her loving family and friends. She’ll always be Princess Diamond.

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  2. Linda JP Brazil :

    I heard on the news here in Montreal about your beautiful little Diamond and how she has spread her tiny wings and is flying high in Heaven with all the other tiny Angels.My heart is so hurting for you and your family. There are so many questions and so few answers that a family has to live with.
    I watched the tour of the Royal family when Kate and William visited Calgary and Diamond got to give her flowers.
    I am a Grandmother,a sister, a daughter, an Auntie, but first of all I am a Mom. The greatest gift that God can ever give to a Mom is a child.
    Please accept my condolences and this Christmas I will hang a little Angel on my tree in her Memory.
    God bless you and your family.

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  3. Bob & Susan Iverach :

    Dear Lyall, Danielle and Family:

    We are very saddened by the loss of your little Princess. She touched so many hearts and will be missed by all of them. Our sincere love and affection is with you in this time of sorrow.

    Bob & Susan Iverach

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  4. Lyall, Danielle and Freya,
    We are truly sorry for your loss. The strength, courage, and spirit of Diamond is an inspiration to us all, and although she had a long and tough battle, she was blessed with wonderful and caring parents that were always by her side.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mike and Kim Miles

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  5. May God comfort your family during this difficult time.

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  6. Richard & Faye Lightburn :

    Our hearts are heavy for your family in the loss of your precious little girl, Diamond. As parents of her teacher, Mrs. Braun, we have followed her story from the beginning and have been captivated by the legacy this little girl leaves behind. We know she was loved dearly and will be missed greatly by all her were touched by her presence. The heavens are shining brightly by your precious Diamond!

    Richard & Faye Lightburn
    (Mrs. Cori Braun’s parents)

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  7. Eleanor Gallant(Lisa Gallant's Mom) :

    So sorry to hear of Diamond’s passing.
    Lisa has kept me abreast of her condition and the fight she had in her.
    Sincere sympathy to you and your family. Love & Prayers.
    Eleanor Gallant (Prince Edward Island)

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  8. My condolences to the Marshall family for their loss of Diamond whose short life gave so much joy to her family

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  9. David & Angelique :

    The bright light of your Diamond will always be with you. With sincere sympathy to the whole family from our home in London. Our heart goes out to Danielle, Lyall and Freya

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  10. Hanneke & Geert Gelissen (Amsterdam The Netherlands) :

    The past years we were continuously informed by Margriet and Dick through our dad Math, of Diamond’s incredible journey. We can only express our tremendous admiration for the way she touched her family and undoubtedly others forever. We also have the utmost respect for all loving care Danielle, Lyall and family always gave her. We wish Danielle, Lyall, Freya and family a lot of strength in this time of grief.

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  11. Bashir Abdulahi :

    Very sorry to hear about your loss. She met William and Kate 4 years ago.

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