Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, 6, of Sandy Hook, beloved daughter of James S. Greene Jr. and Nelba (Amaro-Márquez) Greene, passed away senselessly on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, during the horrific massacre enacted upon Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ana was born in Hartford on April 4, 2006, and lived in Bloomfield before moving to Canada and recently settling with her family in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown. 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. 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. 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 is survived by her father, Jimmy Greene, a jazz saxophonist and an assistant professor of music at Western Connecticut State University; her mother, Nelba Márquez-Greene, program coordinator for the Family Therapy Institute at Klingberg Family Centers and Central Connecticut State University adjunct faculty; and her brother, Isaiah, a happy, intelligent, and musical boy who loves hockey and very much misses his sister.
Nelba Márquez-Greene said she hopes the tragedy of the school shooting will bring a greater awareness to mental health issues and to reduce the stigma attached to those with mental illness, perhaps preventing tragedies like the one that took Ana's life. Information on how those with mental illness can get help can be found at
Cards for the Márquez-Greene family may be sent to WCSU, Department of Music, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810; or to Klingberg Family Centers at 370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 06052.
A homegoing celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at noon at The First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield. The visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the church. Her burial will be private.
Donations in Ana's memory may be made to The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Western Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810, or
or The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Family Therapy Fund, care of the Outpatient Clinic/Family Therapy Institute, Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 06052, or
or The Artist's Collective, 1200 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT 06112. In addition, friends have set up a fund to support the Marquez-Greene family at
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 21 to Dec. 25, 2012