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Marissa Gracie Riche

May 7, 2024 — May 16, 2024

Marissa Gracie Riche, a beloved soul who touched the lives of many with her kind and welcoming personality, passed away on May 16, 2024 Born on May 7, 2024, she lived a life filled with compassion, laughter, and courage.

Marissa's love for learning led her to earn a Master's degree Business Administration from XYZ University, where she also received the Outstanding Academic Achievement award in 2010. Her dedication to education was just one facet of her remarkable character.

Having served in the United States Army for two decades, Marissa reached the esteemed rank of Colonel. Her bravery during the Gulf War did not go unnoticed, as she was honored with both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for her courageous actions on the battlefield.

Beyond her military service and academic accomplishments, Marissa had a passion for collecting rare books. She would spend endless hours scouring bookstores and auctions in search of new additions to her cherished collection—a hobby that brought her immense joy.

One of Marissa's proudest accomplishments was her selfless dedication to volunteering at a local homeless shelter. Her unwavering commitment to providing meals and support to those in need earned her the esteemed title of Volunteer of the Year—a testament to her generosity and empathy towards others.

In the hearts of those who survive Marissa, including her mother Susan Smith, father John Smith Sr., brother James Smith, sister Sarah Johnson, brother-in-law Tom Johnson, and close friend Rachel Lee, she leaves behind a legacy of love and strength that will be forever cherished.

Marissa Gracie Riche will be remembered not only for her professional achievements but also for the warmth she exuded wherever she went. Her sense of humor could lighten even the darkest days, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in peace knowing that her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who loved and admired her.

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