Funeral service for former Winnipeg girl killed in U.S. school shooting to be held Dec. 22
Ana Grace Márquez-Greene is shown in a file image. A funeral for Ana will be held on Dec. 22 in Bloomfield, Conn.
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:17PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:13PM CST
The funeral service for six-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene will be held on Dec. 22 in Bloomfield, Conn.
Ana was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Twenty children were gunned down at the school on Dec. 14. Six school staff were also killed.
Ana previously lived with her family in Winnipeg, before they moved to the U.S. a few months ago.
A live satellite feed of the Dec. 22 church service will be broadcast in Winnipeg at the Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue. The funeral starts at 11 a.m. (Manitoba time) and will be preceded by a brief welcome and prayer.
Online condolences can be made at: www.carmonfuneralhome.com
Ana’s parents, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, said people wanting to honour her memory in Canada can make donations to: The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Memorial Bursary, care of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, 901 - 491 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3B 2E4.
Online donations can be made going to the memorial bursary by going to: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/donate-now and choosing "Student Awards" and then selecting "Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Memorial Bursary" from the drop-down menu.
A statement announcing the funeral service also described Ana and her fondness for music and dance.
“Ana's love for singing was evident before she was even able to talk. In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. And she never walked anywhere — her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head,” said the statement. “Ana loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as acts of worship. We ask that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her.”
Ana’s mom said she hopes the tragedy of the school shooting brings a greater awareness to mental health issues to help reduce the stigma attached to those with mental illness. Information on how those with mental illness can find help is available online at in the U.S. at http://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/ and in Canada at http://www.cmha.ca/