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.Print This Obituary & Condolences