Clarissadon Elizabeth Ortiz was born on Jan. 25, 1995, in Hood River, Ore., to Andres and Sarah Ortiz, of Parkdale. She was raised and home schooled in Parkdale. From the moment she was born, she was a delight to all her friends and family.
Clarissa was the oldest of eight and was an angel for her dad and mom. From an early age she naturally cared for her siblings and cousins. She did everything — schoolwork and chores — happily, and even without being asked. She was a bright student and excelled in her work. She was in eighth grade.
Clarissa’s life showed a tremendous faith even at an early age. She was baptized and had her 1st Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She faithfully attended Mass with her family. Clarissa prayed the Rosary every morning with her family. She enjoyed going to youth group as well as family nights and youth group at Parkdale Community Church.
On Feb. 18, 2008, Clarissa, Shannon Cluff and Jan Cluff made a Purity Commitment in front of friends and family. She was and will continue to be a virtuous example to all.
Clarissa looked forward to the annual Hood River County Fair. She was excited to go on the annual trip with all of her extended family, to Uncle Dan and Aunt Bonnie’s in Astoria, where she camped, swam and played on 80 acres for a week. She had a wonderful time going to Mexico with her family in 2002 where she was blessed to meet her father’s family.
Clarissa enjoyed Mexican folk dance for three years along with her sister, Liliana, and her best friend, Shannon. She had fun learning swing dancing with her friends, Cheree, Jan and Shannon Cluff.
She also had fun planning parties for her brothers and sisters, swimming in the pool in the summer, going to Laurence Lake, roller skating in the winter, riding bikes, scrap booking, reading, movies, music, baby-sitting for her Aunt Hannah, walking with Grandpa Don, cleaning for Grandma Cylena, and just being with her family and friends.
Clarissa died on Jan. 3, 2009, in a tragic car accident. She went to be with Jesus. He has another flower in his garden. We love her and miss her and we will be with her again in Paradise. Clarissa’s good friends, Cheree and Jan Cluff, went to Heaven with her. We love them and miss them, too.
Clarissa is survived by her immediate family: father, Andres; mother, Sarah; brothers and sisters Nicolas, Benjamin, Liliana, Katherine, Anthony, Andrea and John Paul. She is also survived by her best friend, Shannon Cluff, and Shannon’s mother, Diane Cluff.
Her grandparents, Mary Barth, of Portland; Donald and Cylena Schneider, of Parkdale; and Felix and Isaias Ortiz, of Vera Cruz, Mexico, also survive.
Aunts and uncles include Jeremy Otten and Billie, of Portland, with cousins Jeremy Jr., Christopher and Destiny; Bunny, of Portland, with cousins Autumn and Brianna; Moses and Anna Schneider, of Hood River, with cousins Malia (Best Cuz Forever), Zakary and Devon; Daniel and Tonya Forvilly, of North Dakota, with cousins Lorianne, Jocelynn, Dana, Stephen, Aaron and Richard; Trever and Hannah McCarty, of Parkdale, with cousins Ian, Samantha, Calvin and Natalie; Aaron and Stefanie Weseman, of Parkdale, with cousins Desiree and Kyle; Joseph and Rosanna Schneider, of Tacoma, Wash., with cousin Elizabeth; Michael Schneider, of Alaska; and uncles Elijah, Isaiah, Peter, and Donald Schneider, of Parkdale.
Tio Luis Ortiz y tia Olga, y prima Laidy; Tia Lupe Ortiz y Tio Benjamin y primos Arnhol, Diego, Monserra; Tia Maricruz Ortiz y Tio Juan y prima Marisa; Tia Eva Ortiz y Arturo y primos Arturo, Roberto, Daniel, Carolina, y Eva; Tia Paula Ortiz y Tio Emilio.
A viewing and Rosary will be Friday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Ave., Hood River. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday the 10th at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s, followed by burial and a celebration of Clarissa’s life in the basement of St. Mary’s.
Donations to help with funeral expenses may be made to Anderson’s as well as Cascade Central Credit Union.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000; www.andersonstributecenter.com
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