Our beloved daughter and big sister Hannah Dashiell died 1/5/14. Her death certainly does not define her. She was a kind, thoughtful, smart, creative, funny, energetic, beautiful young woman of just 17 years. She was radiant, she was love, she was light - and still is. Words cannot describe the magnitude of her liveliness. Hannah was a senior at Squalicum High School where she was the Vice President of her class.
At Squalicum she was active in cheer, drama, leadership, art, soccer team management, AP and honors courses, and anything else that struck her fancy. Hannah was an avid music fan and liked to discover bands before they became widely popular. She played piano and drums. She was due to graduate with a weighted GPA well over 4.0 and enough AP credits to go into the Urban Honors Program at Portland State University as a Junior next year to study pre-med. She planned to be a doctor and was sure to accomplish that goal. Her sister Maddy found a perfect quote for Hannah "She Turned Her Cant's into Cans and her Dreams into Plans." When Hannah thought of something she wanted to do, it turned into constructive action and planning very quickly. She is most known for her kindness. She would offer a kind word, a smile and an effort to include people at every moment. She worked part time at Barkley Haggens where her infectious smile and upbeat attitude could be regularly appreciated by everyone.
We hope that when people think of honoring Hannah's memory that they will be kind and loving to everyone around them. The community's outpouring of love and recognition for Hannah is surely a product of her extreme thoughtfulness, kindness and leadership. We hope that this love lives on and that thoughts of her inspire acts of kindness and bringing dreams into plans. Hannah is survived by her father Dennis, her mother Jeannette, and her sister Maddy. as well as many loving cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, her boyfriend, and other family and friends. While she is loved so very broadly, we particularly morn our little girl and budding woman who was just ours in our little family. We will miss her so much. We will always love and cherish her and we know she is in the giggling expansiveness of heaven. We know Hannah is looking down on all of us and accepting the wonderful love we are all sending to her. She was and is truly an angel.
A memorial fund has been established and is accepting donations now in her name at Peoples Bank. Funds will be used to establish an ongoing scholarship fund for Bellingham area high school girls going into medicine. Her family hopes that this will be a robust legacy to keep Hannah's healing loving spirit alive. The memorial service will be held at Hannah's church, First Congregational Church in Bellingham, this Saturday 1/11/14 at 1:00. The service is open to the community. She will be laid to rest at Bay View Cemetery.
May her love endure in all of us. We love you Hannah.