Marissa Duarte was born on May 5, 2005 in Norfolk, Virginia. It is with great sadness that the family of Marissa Duarte announce that she received her special angel wings unexpectedly on November 10, 2018 at the age of 13 while surrounded by her family and friends.
Marissa will be sadly missed by her parents Alvaro and Jill Duarte, her Aunts Tracey Canchon, Nancy Johnson, and Moira Jacobsen, her Uncles Jaime Johnson, Charlie Duarte, Fernando Duarte, Luis Canchon and Gregory Jacobsen, her Cousins Charles Duarte, Jennifer Duarte, Andrew Canchon, Kris Canchon, Marc Canchon, Samuel Jacobsen, Nathan Jacobsen, and Hayes Jacobsen, her extended family Andi Magill, and Georgia Magill.
Preceded in death by her Grandfathers Jorge Duarte, and Thomas Jacobsen, her Grandmothers Maria Teresa Duarte, and Carol Swanson.
Marissa came to us early and with many health concerns. Marissa was a 7th grader at Salem Middle School in Virginia Beach. She was pure, innocent, happy, well known, and loved to laugh. She loved to socialize with everyone whether she knew you or not. She had a way of stealing your heart and making you fall in love with her.
We are eternally grateful for all of the doctors, surgeons, and nurses who helped us fight for her life in those early days. And we are equally as thankful for family, friends, teachers, aides, and care givers, that became the intricate village that made it possible for our ‘miracle baby’ to have the successes she did.