Celebrating the life of Chris Marshall

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chrisIt is with sadness that I share the news of the passing of Chris Marshall. Chris was a long-time member of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Along with his mother, Pam Marshall, Chris would make the trek each year to the Federation's annual conference in Washington, DC.

Like so many of the "children" of the Federation, I had the pure joy of watching Chris grow up through the lens of my role as conference coordinator for the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health annual conference. Every year, I would look forward to seeing Chris and his million-megawatt smile. But more important, was his indomitable spirit that continually propelled him forward.

From the first time I met Chris, I was instantly captivated by his amazing smile and warm spirit. With his mom at his side, when we would see each other, she would always say, "Chris, there is Mr. Scott. Say hi to Mr. Scott." And then we would always spend a few moments together, no matter how busy I was. No deadline could compete with the opportunity to share a moment of pure joy with this amazing human being. Chris had that gift.

Chris was an important reminder to me of why we in the children's mental health advocacy community do what we do. His unfiltered love and joy always lifted me up and gave me renewed energy to keep fighting the good fight for children and families.

Join me in celebrating the life of Chris Marshall.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO
Children's Mental Health Network


  1. Rene` Anderson's avatar
    Rene` Anderson
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    I send heartfelt condolences to Pam and her family for the home going celebration of her son Chris. I remember seeing Chris at a few of the conferences that I attended and he was always very polite and fully engaged with those around him, he was enjoying his life. Those memories will continue to live on. May God continue to comfort you and uplift you Pam during this time of transition.
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    I am so sorry, Pam. I remember meeting Chris at various conferences and always he had a contagious smile. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sheila
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    I am so sorry to hear about Chris. Every year when I would see the van I would say Pam and Chris are here. He was always a joyous sight. I extend my deepest sympathy.
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    When I think of champions I think of Chris. May Chris love for life and change continue. I chose to believe he is still a CHAMPION for the cause on such a higher level.
    I pray God's continued blessing, strength and comfort to Chris family, friends and those he touched by his humble presence.
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    Pam, i am so saddened to learn of the loss of your dear son. I got to spend time with Chris and your sister on several occasions. One of the many delightful memories of working with you, was getting the extra pleasure of your close beautiful family. Chris will be missed by many. I hope that the love and warmth that people feel for him, may be a comfort to you. Warmly, Marlene
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    Myra Alfreds
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    I am heart-broken to learn about Chris. I remember meeting him at a workshop that Pam and I were doing together at the Georgetown Institutes. Chris sat through the presentation and Pam proudly introduced me to him afterwards. It was clear to me that Pam's deep passion and commitment were inspired by the great love and devotion they shared. I extend my deepest sympathy to Pam and her family.
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    HI all. I have the address for Youth Move in Arkansas. This is where Pam has requested donations be sent—for those wishing to do so. Lu Ann Coleman gave me this information. This is the group Chris was part of and loved.

    YouthMOVE MOVERS of Central Arkansas
    Arkansas Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
    P.O. Box 56667
    Little Rock, AR 72115

    I also have Pam’s address if anyone wishes to send her a card/note, again courtesy of LuAnn.

    Pam Marshall
    1422 South Summit St.
    Little Rock, AR 72202
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    I take this time to honor your love and devotion to Chris and his to you. Chris was a trooper and I am honored to have known him and to know you. Both of you have been an inspiration to me, as you have been to many others, over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sue
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    Diane Flashnick
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    Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. It is obvious with all the comments I have seen that Chris had quite a fan club. May the memories of the life you were blessed to be a part of remain in your heart and mind and give you the peace to travel the road and have joy that Chris was loved by all. Diane
  10. Delfy Roach's avatar
    Delfy Roach
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    When I first met Chris, he and Pam were walking down a long hall at some hotel at some conference and I could see his smile from far away. The closer we got I could hear him loudly say PEBBLES. Pam introduced us and he again said PEBBLES and the expression of joy in just saying the word was infectious. Pam said, yes we are up to the P's now - only 10 more letters to go. To this day, whenever I am having a rough day, I think of Chris and that moment in time, and I say PEBBLES as loud as I can and all is right with my world again. Thank you, Chris.
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    Alice "Elaine" Slaton
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    Vivid in my memory is a long ago conversation over dinner with Pam and her description about the moment she met Chris. "Love at first sight." I'm so sorry to hear of Chris' passing. And, my heart breaks for Pam. She has been a strong model of devotion and passion for her child and for all of our children. I hope she is able to feel the giant wave of care extended to her from all of us across this country. We weep with you, Pam. ~ Elaine
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