May 16, 1998 – April 2, 2005

Mike Szentirmai and Carrie Anne Marshall regret to report the unexpected passing of their young daughter, Sequoia Szentirmai-Marshall of Ladysmith, BC. Sequoia was a delightful, kind and gentle person with a wonderful sense of humour. She will be sorely missed by her parents and young brother, Kellen Szentirmai-Marshall of 5 years. Sequoia also leaves behind several extended family members who cared for her very much, and were supportive during Sequoias many struggles which were the result of a rare medical

condition. She died as a direct consequence of complications of this disorder peacefully on the morning of April 2, 2005.

Many sincere thanks are sent to the Ladysmith paramedics, the Ladysmith volunteer fire department, and staff of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, who tried so desperately to keep Sequoia alive on the morning of her death. In addition Sequoia’s family would like to thank Dr. Peg and the medical staff working with Sequoia, for their openness and direct communication with the family during this difficult time. A special thank you to Sandy Borghesan, Rosemary Park, Carole Graham and all of the staff and volunteers at Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, who were always there to support Sequoia and her family during her development, and who, in addition to Sequoia’s many family

members, have offered much appreciated support during this difficult time. Sequoia and her family would also like to thank “Breeze”, her new friend at Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, whose gentleness and love was much appreciated. Sequoia’s family would like to extend a huge thanks as well to their friends and neighbours for their continued


Sequoia’s family would like to especially thank Sequoia for being who she was, and for being in their lives, even for this short time. Her family rarely called her by her name, but most often called her ‘Bear’, which reflected her personality most in her inspiring strength, love, and determination in most everything she set her mind to. ‘Bear’ was a bright light in many lives, especially in the lives of her family. She was an incredible musician, a kickin’ bowler, she was beginning to learn to ride a horse, and made the most beautiful music with her voice. She was determined and loving , and her absence will be felt deeply in many hearts. She worked so hard for so long to achieve the goals that most people simply take for granted, and she was an incredible inspiration to all who considered the gift that she was offering them in her presence. We all love you so much, Sequoia, thank you.

A private service was held for Sequoia on April 7, 2005 at Sands Funeral Chapel, in Nanaimo, BC. A celebration of Sequoia will be held for her on her upcoming birthday on May 16, 2005. All who would like to attend, and have not yet been contacted are

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