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Deerfield Community Says Goodbye to Izzy Marley ’11

Students and faculty gathered on September 16 to pay tribute to Vittoria Isabelle (Izzy) Marley ’11, who sustained a fatal head injury from an accidental fall off a golf cart on September 3 in Ja­maica, her home country. Com­ing just a week before the new school year began, the news dev­astated students and faculty alike.

Izzy was about to return to campus as a four-year senior. She was a phenomenal golfer and led both the Deerfield golf team and the Jamaican junior team to nu­merous championships.

Izzy’s two close friends Rachel Gibson ’11 and Becky Levy ’11 arranged this special farewell. Dean of Students Toby Emer­son, along with other deans, IT, and staff members, also worked to organize the event.

The memorial service began with greetings from Mr. Emer­son and Head of School Mar­garita Curtis.

Short speeches from Izzy’s friends, teachers, and teammates followed; they reminded the au­dience of her unique spirit.

“Izzy wouldn’t have wanted this [service] to be about sadness and mourning, so we wanted to emphasize all the amazing things she had done,” said Gibson. Many members of the communi­ty later thanked Gibson and Levy for the commemoration.

“Izzy Marley was such a unique person…like a legend that will never die,” said Levy. “So thanks for the memories, Iz, and I know that your spirit will live on here at DA in all our days of glory, and here in our hearts forever.”

1 Comment on Deerfield Community Says Goodbye to Izzy Marley ’11

  1. Leiza Munn Blakeley // November 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm //

    Thank you ever so much for remembering Izzy. She is greatly missed everyday by her family and we wish DA,her second home, and the class of 2011,all the best for the coming year.

    Izzy’s Mommy

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