Rashell and Michael
M. Rashell Young
  • 38 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 31, 1972
  • Date of passing: Nov 6, 2010
Let the memory of Rashell be with us forever

A memorial was held on November 7, 2010 in the memory of Martha Rashell Young who was born on October 31, 1972 and passed away from complications due to liver cancer on November 6, 2010.  The memorial was very moving - we gathered on the jetty off of Aquatic Park and each person was invited to write a word on a stone that characterized Rashell and then toss them into the Bay as a message to her.  We then went to the restaurant Ana Mandara and shared thoughts about her.  We toasted with red wine and dark chocolate (two of her favorites).  It was very intimate and touching.  As you know, she was an incredible person and touched many lives.  We will remember Rashell forever. 

Your thoughts and prayers are welcome and there is a scholarship fund set up at UC Berkeley in her honor in lieu of flowers or gifts.  If you wish to contribute, please make the check payable to the UC Berkeley Foundation, with a note (either on the check or separately) that the gift is for the Rashell Young Fellowship.  The check can be mailed to:

University of California

University Relations

2080 Addison St.  #4200

Berkeley, CA  94720-4200


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rena Racoma on 26th March 2017

"I never met Rashell, only heard wonderful stories from her family.  Thanks to her, she let me dream! What an inspiration! I never thought I'd end up in the same city as her, I only wish she were here."

This tribute was added by Michelle Thomas on 31st October 2016

"Forever missed is correct!  I often think I see Rashell when I am out and about and though I know it is not her, I always have to take a double look.  I miss my friend and her beautiful spirit."

This tribute was added by martha amram on 31st October 2016

"Rashell just leaps out of these pages. How vivid she was! I can hear her still.  Hello to all the extended family and friends who visit this site on Rashell's birthday. I know you miss her so much, as I do."

This tribute was added by Joanne Myers on 4th November 2015

"I loved and still love my niece so much.  Even when she was a young girl she had a mind of her own and always did the right thing.  The only time I remember her getting into trouble it was for riding the "Big Wheel" to fast.  Other than that she was always the most wonderful young girl and woman.  She will be missed tremendously by all of her family and friends.  Missed, but Never Forgotten!"

This tribute was added by JANIE BRADLEY on 2nd November 2015

"Rashell was such a wonderful young lady and is truly missed. The mention of her name brings a smile to anyones'  face who had the pleasure of meeting her. My cousin will truly remain in my heart always."

This tribute was added by Deanna Lord on 31st October 2015

"I miss you, Rashell.  You were a phenomenal woman in every way."

This tribute was added by martha amram on 31st October 2015

"I can be driving down a street and suddenly, out of nowhere, Rashell will flash into my mind.  I feel her courage and think about how she dealt with what life handed her. I see her smile. I feel her wholeness. Then I burst into tears.  She remains so real.

Betty, Buddy and Chris -- I think of you too, especially today.  

With all my heart, Martha"

This tribute was added by Michelle Thomas on 31st October 2014

"I was just thinking of Rashell last night and woke up to the reminder that today was her birthday.  My dear friend . . . she is truly missed.  Until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Angel Martin on 1st November 2013

"Missing good times over good food with a dear friend. Happy birthday Rashell. 'Til we meet again."

This tribute was added by Peter Johnson on 31st October 2013

"Thinking of Rashell today, and glad that the Fellowship in her memory is going strong."

This tribute was added by Frank and Lisa Littler on 8th November 2011

"Not a day goes by that we do not remember Rashell and feel a shock of sadness at her passing."

This tribute was added by Kristen Agin on 7th November 2011

"Rashell, I miss you so much!  My second son will be born in 2 weeks.  I want you to meet my sons! I miss our 8 years of living together and all of the memories.  I bought lots of our favorite wine for the holidays, Arrowood - you would be so proud of the deal I got! Remember when we bought our first case of wine together?  I think about you every day.  You are missed and loved."

This tribute was added by Razab Chowdhury on 6th November 2011

"Can't believe it's a year already.  Rashell remains alive in my mind.  And missed."

This tribute was added by JANIE BRADLEY on 23rd November 2010

"Rashell and I spoke not so very long ago about my coming to San Francisco to visit her and spend some time. As usual she was so gracious in extending the invitation never once mentioning what she was going through. The fact that I will not get to see Rashell in San Francisco saddens me greatly but I know that one day I will see her again in Heaven. Rashell, your memory lives on. Your Cousin Janie."

This tribute was added by Ray Littlejohn on 15th November 2010

"My wife (Maxine) and I never met Rashell, but knew of her through her parents (James and Betty). Our hearts and prayers go out to the Young Family. We believe there is a special place in Heaven for this wonderful, young lady.
Ray Littlejohn"

This tribute was added by Christel Wheeler on 8th November 2010

"I visited Rashell last year, and droned on and on about sipping a Bacon Maple Latte. I was exhausted at the end of our weekend, but she insisted I get the latte, and even went as far as going to her house to get her grinder when we found out the one at Pirate Cat Cafe was broken! All that for me, and a drink she thought was totally weird (and she was right)! She never gave up."

This tribute was added by Renu Bhatt on 8th November 2010

"Rashell's laugh.  You all remember Rashell's laugh?  With her laugh, Rashell could make you feel funny, lighten spirits and remind us that we're happy.  I am happier having known her, despite how sad I am today."

This tribute was added by Tiffany Grimsley on 8th November 2010

"My heart is filled with saddness at the passing of Rashell. She was such an amazing woman; so full of warmth, passion, and joy. She was one of those rare individuals that I knew I could always count on. I remember calling her one day and asking if I caught her at a bad time. "No; I'm just waiting for my chemo" she said casually. That was Rashell - taking life as it came and always with a smile."

This tribute was added by Aurora Paragas on 8th November 2010

"Rashell was a no-nonsense lady, someone you don’t mess around with.  But she also had a warm smile and a compassionate heart, endearing traits that I will truly miss.  At work, we were a team; she provided me with support where gaps existed.  Up to the end, she was courageous and brave, and funny at the same time.  I will miss her laughs and our talks regarding the latest restaurants she visited.  I am grateful for having known her and continue to hold her spirit in love and in the light."

This tribute was added by Terry Lloyd on 8th November 2010

"A client, Lynn Rambo, added this:

Rashell was truly a remarkable woman.  Indeed she had a rare and beautiful spark about her, and was a pleasure to have known and worked with."

This tribute was added by Valerie Skarbek on 7th November 2010

"Rashell-I just can't stop thinking about you. It is so fitting that writing about your extraordinarily bright spirit lights a candle here. From head to toe & every accessory in between, you are a rainbow of life-your smile so radiant & warm. God bless you, Rashell. May He hold you & your family close. Please pray for us. 'O LORD, you light my lamp. My God turns my darkness into light' Psalm 18:28"

This tribute was added by Margaret Booth on 7th November 2010

"Rashell was my role model. She was the most fun, chic, sensible, well-balanced person I have ever met. She was the calm voice of reason when I had work or personal concerns and she taught me to live life to the fullest. I am a better person because of her influence and I will always be grateful to her."

This tribute was added by Peter Johnson on 7th November 2010

"The first time I met Rashell she was smart, funny, full of joy.... and wearing a funky velvet hat to hide the effects of her chemotherapy.  No matter how much she endured, she always had a smile, a kind word, and her ever-present optimism."

This tribute was added by Terry Lloyd on 7th November 2010

"Two colleagues, Sam Renwick and Steve Kam, respectively:

"I always enjoyed working with Rashell and she was always such an uplifting and spirited person.  Such a tragedy that it's such a good one that has been taken from us"

"She was very, very courageous and set an example of self confidence for each one of us. She was not boastful or prideful, and we all are better for having known her."

This tribute was added by Jett Pihakis on 7th November 2010

"How can I begin to put into words how truly special Rashell was? Fortunately, most everyone reading this tribute will have known her, so you know exactly what I mean. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Rashell is LUMINOUS. She simply glowed! She was so filled with a beautiful light, and everyone she touched was made better simply for having known her. What a spirit!"

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