On Friday, January 12, 2007 Deana LaRae Hughes passed away following her short and courageous battle with gastroesophageal cancer. Born on April 6, 1967 at Palomar Hospital to her parents Curtis and LaRae Hamilton, Deana spent her childhood in Escondido and graduated from San Pasqual High School. She studied in Paris and traveled Europe extensively, finishing her formal education at California State University, Chico where she founded the local chapter of Kappa Sigma Delta Sorority. Following university, she moved to San Francisco where she worked in retailing and fashion for Bally's, Escada and Saks Fifth Avenue. At Saks, she managed the bridal salon, which under her guidance grew to be the second-highest selling bridal department of haute couture gowns for Saks nationwide. She arranged weddings for many notable San Francisco-area families. In 2000, Deana and her husband Steve relocated to Escondido when Deana chose to change her career. She joined TRI-AD, the family firm her father founded in 1974 and has led since then. Her grace, talent, and intelligence allowed her to grow her career quickly. In a five-year time span she rose to become one of TRI-AD's most senior Client Service Managers, managing the firm's relationships with some of its largest and most prestigious clients. She touched the lives of many of her clients and co-workers and set an incredible example in both her personal and professional life. Deana was active in Toastmasters, local and national charitable activities and various other social events. Deana contracted a rare and pernicious form of stomach cancer in August 2006. Throughout her aggressive treatment, Deana's selfless personality shone through as she maintained her sense of humor while continually focusing on the devastating impact of her disease on her loved ones' lives. Her husband Steve stayed by her side providing tireless and loving care to her through her entire illness. Deana is missed tremendously by all who knew and worked with her. Since her death, family and friends have assembled a committee that will strive to honor Deana's memory through continuous effort to "create a community for a cure." While the eventual goal is finding cancer cures, along the way, the hope that as this community of care grows, it can provide information, resources and advocacy for patients and their families struggling along the journey of a cancer diagnosis.
The Mission of Deana's Wish the DLH Foundation is to create a community and help to find a cure. As we grow, we will: 1. Hold an annual social gathering as a fundraising event. Every dollar contributed, less only the out-of-pocket event expenses will go to support the programs of the Foundation, including scholarships for students whose lives have been directly affected by the disease. 2. Develop a website to foster community-building, offer a place online to share stories and access and provide a resource collecting helpful patient information. 3. Help cancer patients and their families gain stability and direction in an emotionally debilitating time by providing support and information about care. 4. Help fund private, free-market research into new and innovative ways to identify the causes and treatment of cancer, specifically those for esophageal, stomach and colon cancer.
Learn more about "Deana's Wish: Creating a Community for a Cure" To make a charitable donation to the DLH Foundation, please make checks payable to: "DLH Foundation" and mail to TRI-AD, 221 West Crest St., Suite 300, Escondido, CA 92025.
On Wednesday, May 23,2007, Stephanie passed away after losing her fight with cancer. She was 45 years old. She is survived by and missed by her family: Father / Stepmother: Stan and Julia Paulsen Mother / Stepfather: Gail and JR Brown Brother / Sister-in-Law / Nephew: Blair, Alane & Zalen Stepbrother: Andrew Townsend Stephanie's memorial took place May 30, 2007, in San Diego. The room was filled with family, Stephanie's Foundation for Women friends and supporters, her Toastmaster friends, a friend from college in Indiana, and others who cared for her and loved her. A photo montage of her life and the friends and family in it was shown at the event. Her friends and family spoke of Stephanie's life, her attitude, strength, courage, generosity, love, and her wonderful laugh. Stephanie's joy, playfulness, courage, graciousness and caring were wonderful examples to us all. She made a positive impact on many people and she will be missed.
Mary Nielsen, 64, a TRI-AD Associate for 4 years, passed away from heart complications on Monday, December 8, 2008. Mary is deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to know her. Mary came to TRI-AD in 2004 as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager, leaving behind a devoted community of friends developed in her many years serving as Office Manager at San Marcos High School. While at TRI-AD, Mary's warmth and good humor soon earned her additional fans, as many Associates came to consider her much more than a coworker. Capable, charming, dependable, organized and steadfast, Mary was able to manage the myriad of responsibilities of her position with poise. Said TRI-AD Founder Curt Hamilton, "We will all miss Mary and her wonderful attitude, her incredible spirit and how she supported us all in so many ways." Mary is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dann; sons Aaron, Erik and Darth; and two grandchildren, Aesling and Liam.
Renie Lorio passed away on Monday, July 20, 2009 at the age of 56. She was a dear friend to many and a devoted TRI-AD Associate for 24 years. When Renie left her Document Coordinator position at TRI-AD in 2005, she was, at that time, TRI-AD's longest-tenured employee. Hired by TRI-AD in 1981, Renie transitioned through many different roles and responsibilities as the company grew during her career here. Before joining TRI-AD, Renie was a nurse, and very knowledgeable in the medical field. At one time, she was our Office Manager and orchestrated a company move to TRI-AD's current location -- no small feat. Renie's expertise was in plan documents and she knew all the requirements of documents, amendments, and filing with the IRS. "She was always willing to help out in any way TRI-AD needed her and did so with enthusiasm, flexibility and eagerness to help." said TRI-AD Founder, Curt Hamilton. Her loyalty and dedication to each of her job functions helped TRI-AD remain vital over the years. Renie's gentle demeanor and warmth will be very much missed by all who knew her. She passed away with her sons, Jason and Ryan, and other family members at her side. She is survived by her two sons and two grandchildren, Audrey and Gideon.
By Michael Josephson
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to
Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you
lived, at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you
got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a
lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those
who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of
circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
Reprinted with permission of Josephson Institute. 2007 Michael Josephson, one of the nation's leading ethicists, is the founder of the nonprofit, nonsectarian Josephson Institute and the premier youth character education program, CHARACTER COUNTS! For more information, please visit ,www.charactercounts.org
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