Marielle Barberena Memorial Fund

Sometimes God picks a flower that's still in full bloom.
Sometimes the flower that is chosen, we feel He's picked too soon.
We're at peace knowing; in God's heavenly garden,
He has placed the ones we treasure.
You have changed our lives forever.

Marielle Natalia Barberena was born August 16, 2012. She was so excited to meet her parents Michele Turner and Erik Barberena that she was born 3 months premature. Despite the challenges she faced due to her early birth, Marielle remained a loving, joyful, and charismatic spirit. On Monday, July 17th, 2017, God called for Marielle to return to Him, ending her earthly life and welcoming her to her eternal life.   

While we know that Marielle is at peace in Heaven, the grief experienced by her parents, her younger siblings - Lauren and Ethan, her older siblings - Tahj and Erik, and her extended family and friends is unfathomable. The family is asking for your charitable donations to help during this difficult time.

Donations will be used for funeral services, medical bills, and support for the family.

She was so very, very special
And was so from the start
You held her in your arms
But mainly in your heart
And like a single drop of rain
That on still waters fall,
Her life did ripples make
And touched the lives of all.
She's gone to play with angels
In heaven up above
So keep your special memories
And treasure them with love
Although your darling daughter
Was with you just a while
She'll live on in your heart
With a sweet remembered smile

Organizer and beneficiary

Jessica Hiltabidel
Takoma Park, MD
Monisha Karnani

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