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May 8, 1981 - February 15, 2021 - Marissa Leigh Comella was born on May 8, 1981 in Portland OR to Mark and Lisa Comella.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marissa Leigh (Comella) Vargas CastroMarissa Leigh Comella was born on May 8, 1981 in Portland OR to Mark and Lisa Comella. She was thrilled to be a big sister, when her brother Brandon was born 2 1/2 years later. The family lived in Newberg until their move to Sherwood in 1986. Marissa enjoyed growing up on acreage, days at the beach, camping trips, spending time with her family and had a special appreciation for all of God's creations.

Marissa graduated from Sherwood High School, Class of 1999. She went on to attend Linfield College and University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, graduating with a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She began working as an SLP for Newberg Schools and later worked for Connections Academy.

Marissa grew to love the Spanish language after family vacations to Mexico and became fluent as a teenager. She loved the Hispanic culture, music and Salsa dancing. In 2011, Marissa met and married Erick Vargas Castro and they welcomed their son Elliot, in 2012. Marissa loved being Elliot's mom and cherished her time with him.

Marissa had a smile that would light up a room and made friends everywhere she went. She had a strong Christian faith and belief in God's promises. She was always willing to help others and loved time spent with friends and family. She loved animals, gardening and music and had a beautiful singing voice.

In 2017, Marissa was diagnosed with breast cancer and on February 15, 2021, with her parents by her side, God welcomed her peacefully into heaven.

Marissa's greatest love in her 39 years of life, was her beloved 8 year old son Elliot, who she leaves behind to carry on her legacy, along with her parents Mark & Lisa Comella, brother Brandon, sister in law Anna, nieces Zoe and Kinley and ex-husband Erick. In addition, she leaves behind her extended family members, friends and co-workers.

A celebration of Marissa's life will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:00pm. PDX First Church of the Nazarene, 6100 SW Raab Rd. Portland, OR An education account has been set up to support Elliot's future. If interested, contributions can be sent to Mark & Lisa Comella 19945 SW Edy Rd Sherwood, OR 97140.

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