Marinah VanHoose big smile
Marinah Ruth VanHoose
  • 19 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 1, 1996
  • Place of birth:
    Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 26, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States
Let the memory of Marinah be with us forever. Please share your memory with us all!

Just like last year we would like anyone and everyone to perform random acts of kindness in Marinah's memory.  Marinah was a sweet person who cared about others and was never judgmental and always looked at the good in others.  She would love knowing that others are doing random acts of kindness.  For anyone who performs a random act or has a random act performed for them we would love to see your experiences posted here. You can post here anonymously if you don't want anyone to know who you are.  She would be turning 21 on October 1, 2017
Thank you to all who participate!


In honor of what would be Marinah's 20th birthday we are asking that everyone do random acts of kindness in Marinah's name.  There will be files available for everyone to print and give out to those they are doing the random acts of kindess for.  We'd love to have visitors from all over tell us what random acts of kindness were done for them, as well as visitors from all over sharing what random acts of kindness they've done for others, all in honor of Marinah.  We'd love for this to really bring a lot of smiles and good into the world. 



This poem is one that spoke to Marinah, she had a "stay gold" tattoo because of what this poem and the song Gold said to her and meant to her:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.


 --Robert Frost1874 - 1963

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Holly Roberts on 15th October 2017

"Dearest Marinah, I've only seen you through the eyes of your mother and she is an amazing woman as I know you were. Your mother asked me if I would do a random act of kindness in your name last year and I did. What I didn't do was come in here and post about it. I felt like I was patting myself on the back. Then, I read a post from your mother about how much your family finds comfort in these comments and I finally understood. This year and from here on out, I'll participate and comment.

I just returned from Tennessee from a book conference. There's a restaurant next to the hotel that I love to eat at. On my first trip in a new waitress was learning the ropes and accompanying our waitress around. She was sweet and funny and said she had no idea feet could hurt as bad as hers. I thought about her for a long time after leaving. Fast forward four days and my last visit to the restaurant. We were seated in the very back which seemed kind of strange. Then the new waitress came out to be our server. She was an entirely different person. She could barely walk and basically limped toward us. She tried her best to plaster a smile on her face but you could see the pain. I asked how she was doing and reminded her I was there during her training. She told me her feet were swollen, blistered and bleeding. It was one of the saddest things. I told her not to give up and stick with it. Her feet would get better. Her face went serious and she said, "I'll stick it out because I don't want my babies growing up on welfare.” Her words moved me in a way few have done.

The bill came to a little under $20. I handed her a $50 bill and told her to keep the change for her babies. The woman fell apart. Her sobs were so loud I had to get up and support her with the biggest hug I had. Once she could speak she said, "I can't believe you did this. I didn't think there were any nice people left in this world." I know differently but I've been where she was and I understood.

I asked to speak to the manager on my way out and he thought it was for a complaint. It wasn't. I named each server we had by name and told him this is my favorite restaurant to eat at in the US because his wait staff is phenomenal.

Thank you Marinah. So many people miss you but I know you're in a better place and looking down upon us with the message of hope by simply sharing kindness."

This tribute was added by Amanda Peña on 2nd October 2017

"In honor and memory of Marinah, my husband and I stopped by a local bakery and bought a scone for a young homeless man we had seen sleeping in the park nearby.  David took the scone and $20 over to him, but didn't want to wake the poor kid... so put everything in one of his shoes. We hope he woke up to a slightly happier day."

This tribute was added by Katelyn Swick on 1st October 2017

"Today is your 21st birthday. We use to be really good friends when we were both younger. when I look back at my childhood I'm happy to say you were a part of it. It's really sad to think to myself that you were taken so young. You had so much more to accomplish. God took my mother when she was still young. I've told myself my whole life that he took her because he needed his angel in heaven. They say only the good die young. I also told myself that even though I'm really hurt I can't see my mother anymore, she's living in a much better place. She told me a lot about what heavens like, and based on that, I could say you really are in a much better place. Anyways, in honor of your birthday I tried my best to perform some random acts of kindness your mom wanted everyone to do in honor of you. Even though I was on a mission to perform them in your name, they seemed to just come at me so effortlessly... but I gave someone who was holding a sign asking for money some of the cash I had on me. Then there was a lady and her small child in front of me and she was buying gas, $10 worth. I decided to pay for her pump. I wish I could have done more. But after I would do those things, they would say thank you. I told them it was in honor of what would be your 21st birthday. I don't know if you drink or not or if you would have a drink today, but I poured some of my husbands vodka in a shot glass and watered my plant with it for you since I can't drink it myself... lol. . Happy birthday marinah. I'm so sorry you're gone but I'm happy with where you're at. If it was me instead, I'd hope somebody would take the time to actually think of me on my birthday and take the time to honor my life. Even if the people weren't really close with me at all. I'd want them to keep my legacy and my name alive. So here's to you Marinah. Rest In Peace, this world won't forget you and we all really wish you were here"

This tribute was added by Kelley Fisher on 28th September 2017

"My tribute to this amazing angel was to donate to my neighbors go fund me page. He lost his son unexpectedly earlier this week.
Marinah,  until we see you again. Continue to be Keiran's guardian angel. We both love and miss you."

This tribute was added by Tom Chancy on 10th July 2017

"Always missed,
Never forgotten!
Kindness swells
From the deepest bottom.
And coaxes hearts
To beat and thrive
For you dear one
A memory survives.
Your love and grace
Are surely missed
And hearts that cry
Feel as they're kissed.
Those that you've touched
They love you so
Our thoughts stay pure
And grow so much.
Please Rest In Peace
A spirit so blessed
Please run with joy
There are no tests.
Your light is bright
And stays with us.
The love and peace
Is loved in trust.
Now fly on lady
Fast and free
Don't worry we're fine
With you, we'll be.

God Bless you and we love and miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Ruth de Souza Guedes on 11th October 2016

"In celebration of Marinah's birthday, I made a meal for my disabled friend and her elderly manfriend. I bought the ingredients, brought them to their home, cooked and left them with a large pot of delicious chicken and noodles. I explained to them that my sister requested that her friends and family do a random act of kindness in commemoration of Marinah's 20th birthday. My friends were grateful. Although the act wasn't exactly random, it was appreciated.
I'm looking forward to the second annual Marinah VanHoose Random Act of Kindness Day."

This tribute was added by Alisa Kolenc on 10th October 2016

"My daughter Talia and I worked on making a postcard-sized memorial paper explaining this beautiful tribute with Marinah's picture. Since Talia was going to be in Atlanta for a convention on M's birthday, she got creative with her act of kindness. She attended the convention with her Polaroid camera, film and memorial cards, in-hand. She approached groups of people that were dressed in Cosplay and offered to take a free picture of their group. Along with their instant picture, they received a memorial card. I was so proud of Talia for her willingness to make this tribute a part of her weekend. It seemed like something that Marinah would've liked. And I am happy to see that at least one group took the time to share the experience from their side. At such a wonderful and fanciful event, Marinah was being remembered and celebrated."

This tribute was added by Alley MacKain on 4th October 2016

"Me and my group of friends had a Polaroid photo taken of us this past Saturday (10/1/16) over at Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) by a group of girls. I thought it was a very neat way of honoring someone's memory and had to share it. Even though I've never met Marinah, I can tell that she was loved dearly and will be missed. Happy Belated Birthday, hope it was as beautiful as you are! :)

-The Inside Out group at AWA
Kennesaw, GA"

This tribute was added by Ashlee Arredondo on 2nd October 2016

"I wish there was a way to leave a photo.  I came home from church today to flowers on my doorstep with a note. "Please accept this random act of kindness in Marinah Vanhouse's name. I hope they light up your world in the same way Marinah lit up ours."

I will certainly pay it forward in her honor. ❤️"

This tribute was added by Sherri Dolk on 1st October 2016

"Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter Marinah. What a wonderful idea having people do random acts of kindness on her special day. I took $20 to a Tim Hortons to pay for people's orders and gave a nice tip to the girls working there. ❤️
Sherri (Barrie ON Canada)"

This tribute was added by Corey Williams on 1st October 2016

"Today for my random acts of kindness, I helped a friend who needed a ride 3 hours away and back, as well as bought someone who couldn't afford to eat some dinner. Marinah I miss you more than anything. We were hoping to be reunited down the road through our careers and I was looking forward to that. I text your phone all the time just hoping this is just a bad dream. I love you babygirl and I wish I could just see you one more time. Happy birthday beautiful"

This tribute was added by Mariana Seay on 1st October 2016

"In honor of Marinahs birthday I bought coffee and donuts for the people in the building I work in. I also passed out flowers to people I saw in the halls of my job and in the streets. I am hoping atleast one person will leave a message today but if they don't I atleast know they appreciated the random acts of kindness and even just for a moment they smiled and celebrated her birthday with us. <3"

This tribute was added by Samantha Mason on 1st October 2016

"Our friend Monica brought her girls over to play with my daughter today. As a tribute to Marinah she brought us a plate of cookies. Though I won't be going out today, tomorrow we will do something nice for someone in Marina's memory. Samantha, Fort Hood, TX"

This tribute was added by Katie Shepard Gilge on 1st October 2016

"My tribute was to go to a nursing home with a plant and picked a random room to give it too. I had the best time visiting  with my new friend Irene and ,we even had coffee . Happy bday in heaven where the cake is sweet and the ice cream is cold"

This tribute was added by Donna Shaulis Regula on 1st October 2016

"Happy birthday in heaven. My gift will be for fuzzy buckets. Love you and miss ya."

This tribute was added by Karen Murray on 1st October 2016

"In honor of Marinah's birthday, I bought groceries for a 76 year old widow.  It wasn't much, just some staples like potatoes, onions, lettuce, bananas, milk, eggs, toilet tissue, etc., but all she had was a little meat and grits to eat for the next 3 days.  Amazingly, while we were checking out (at the Publix in Atlantic Beach) and I was explaining that this was to honor Marinah, the cashier actually knew her!  In honor of Marinah and to the glory of God!"

This tribute was added by NIKI AGNE on 1st October 2016

"I remember when we met in middle school, you were such a sweet beautiful soul. I always told you how you were unique and beautiful. You said you wish you weren't so tall and I said tall women are very special because they see everything, and they are closer to the sky like a star that shines very bright.I remember her smiling when I said that. The last time I spoke to you you told me Merry Christmas to me and my family and that you hope it's great. Little did I know you would be gone soon. I guess it was a goodbye in a way. :( but hey no tears it's your birthday why be sad.  Why not celebrate it for you?! All smiles and happiness is what you would have wante . So, cheers to you beautiful. You will always be with us. You will always be my shining star. Shine very bright up there. Now you can touch the sky."

This tribute was added by JUDY VANHOOSE on 1st October 2016

"Happy Birthday Marinah. I sang to u at Midnight for your birthday. I miss u sooo very much. I love u.       Granny"

This tribute was added by Deb Braman on 1st October 2016

"Random acts of kindness.  I have the best administrative assistant ever.  When she gets to her desk this morning she will find a pretty little rose plant.  Her favorite yogurt is in the fridge waiting also.  Happy birthday Marinah from Lakeland, FL"

This tribute was added by Dinah VanHoose on 23rd July 2016

"I miss you so much.  You're always in my heart, my mind, my thoughts. Not a moment goes by that I'm not thinking about you.  I still don't believe it.  I love you so much Marinah!"

This tribute was added by Peli Woods on 13th January 2016

"To the Friends and Family of Marinah,

Please accept my deepest sympathy.  It is so unnatural and painful to lose someone in death at such a young age.  But be assured that Jehovah God yearns to reunite children with their parents by means of the resurrection.  In the account at Mark 5:40-42, Jesus lovingly demonstrated what his Father will do for us in the future when he resurrected a 12-year old girl and returned her to her parents.  "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life" (John 5:28,29)"

This tribute was added by daniel sparks on 10th January 2016

"Used to talk to Marinah on the bus. Got to be friends for a while. She was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. Three houses down, I was there when they first moved in. Hung out with her brother Sammy too, we'd talk about games, sports, whatever came to mind. As of late every time I saw her leaving for work Id stop and say hi, or ask her how her day went when she was coming home.
I cant say I knew her very well, but she was a wonderful person who will be very missed. God rest Marinah."

This tribute was added by Tami Anderson on 8th January 2016

"To Michael, Dinah, Family & All loved ones of your sweet Marinah.  We are so very sorry for your loss :(.  Our thoughts & prayers are with you.  May God be with you all at this time.  R.I.P  Marinah.  Love, Nancy & Tami"

This tribute was added by Unkie VanHoose on 8th January 2016

"Marinah, everyday so far, I've thought of you and realize "in human-terms" what it seems like we've lost... But in the true world (the spiritual realm) I know that we "all" have only gained... You will no longer feel the pains of this world and you will "Stay Gold" and fit right into Heaven. We have gained some magnificent times that we will have together when we meet as a family in Heaven... At that moment these times apart will be erased and we will embrace you and always be with you, never to lose you again! For that I thank God!! Love you baby!! Can't wait to see you again... xoxoxo Unkie"

This tribute was added by Sharon Meadows on 7th January 2016

"My dearest Dinah. I remember Marinah as a young lady and watched her grow up when I entered the 21st. century, also known as facebook. There is nothing like a mother's love. All of children shown so brightly through your eyes. I will always remember the golden balloons sailing to heaven with your heart balloon leading the way. Marinah was a light  in our world, it is a light that will never dim I will carry her always, I know you and her father and her brother and sister will too. I love you."

This tribute was added by Dinah VanHoose on 6th January 2016

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Marinah.  It saddens us to think that one of the neighborhood girls is gone.  She spent a lot of time over here with Taylor.  I will always remember those long legs and her smile.  The Leights-----Dave (shipmate to Michael on the Moosbrugger), Kym, Madison and Taylor"

This tribute was added by Dolores Reyna on 6th January 2016

"There aren't enough words to express how sorry I am for your lost.  Marinah was an extraordinary young lady and her beautiful smiled that shined on everyone she met.  She will never be forgotten and treasure memories always."

This tribute was added by Dinah VanHoose on 5th January 2016

"The love that has been showing is a testament to Marinah and her family. Marinah will be missed by so many but most especially her family and close friends. My thoughts go out to all of you."

This tribute was added by Dinah VanHoose on 5th January 2016

"For every  experience I have, every time I love, and every day I live I will do all for the both of us, wishing to light up a room like you. I hope one day I see you again, and can hug you forever."

This tribute was added by Dinah VanHoose on 5th January 2016

"You're in my thoughts and prayers daily. No greater loss than that of a child. Cherish the memories. Hugs"

This tribute was added by Dinah VanHoose on 5th January 2016

"My heart breaks for your family. This page is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. May she rest in peace, love you all!  -Seay"

This tribute was added by Max R on 4th January 2016

"Goodbye Marinah. I'm sad that I never got a chance to know you.

Aunt Dinah, Nikayla, Mike, Sam... I which I could hug you all."

This tribute was added by Kimberly Bonvillian on 4th January 2016

"So sorry for your loss ill never forget when her and Britney became friends she was always great to have in my home and such a ray of joy my best memory was Britanys birthday when she said she loved my dress so i gave it to her ."

This tribute was added by Lou JAMES on 3rd January 2016

"Dinah....sending love to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Donna Shaulis Regula on 3rd January 2016

"The words will never express how sorry we are.  You will always hold a special place.  Many memories and lots of love."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Desouzaguedes on 3rd January 2016

"My heart breaks for Dinah, Michael, Sam, Nikayla, and everyone who knew and loved Marinah.
I am at a loss for words to express more.
Aunt Dot"

This tribute was added by Marci Sowers McGee on 3rd January 2016

"Iam Dinah's step-sister, She is a very beautiful girl, I never met her but Im heart broken for her and her family, R.I.P Marinah you will be missed by many people and I wish we could of met."

This tribute was added by Laura Nelson on 3rd January 2016

"While I never knew her (I'm a friend of her Aunt Dot's), Marinah is a beautiful young lady who I'm sure graced the lives of many and will be missed. My thoughts, prayers and sympathies to Marinah's family and friends."

This tribute was added by chrystal robbins on 3rd January 2016

"R.I.P you will be missed the last time i seen you when you were working at apple bee's You told me how you wanted to be americas top model and i told you that you had what it takes ill never forget the smile that put on your face you were so young and had so many dreams but god had bigger dreams for you i remember our middle school days and everyone who new you will never forget you"

This tribute was added by Bob Renner Jr. on 3rd January 2016

"Deepest Heartfelt  Sympathies to the entire family and all that loved Marinah."


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