Baha'i News -- Passing of Knight of Baha'u'llah Elena Maria Marsella
Passing of Knight of Baha'u'llah Elena Maria Marsella
Dearly Loved Friends,
Elena Maria Marsella, Knight of Baha'u'llah to the Gilbert and Ellis
Islands (now known as Kiribati and Tuvalu), passed away at 1:14 p.m.
on Wednesday, March 13, in Kailua, Hawai'i.
A day earlier, Elena had suffered a massive heart attack in her home
and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was placed on
a life support system while family members in the United States
mainland were informed of her condition.
Elena's physician determined that her heart was no longer able to
function, and adhering to the provisions of her Living Will, the life
support system was disconnected a little after one in the afternoon.
Fifteen Baha'is from Ko'olaupoko and Honolulu representing Hawaiian,
Samoan, Chinese and white races gathered in her hospital room and
shared prayers with Elena before she passed away.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, Elena pursued several careers: as a pianist, a member of
the foreign service and as a teacher.
Elena was as a member of the first National Spiritual Assembly of the
Baha'is of the Hawaiian Islands and served for a number years until
she was appointed to the Regional Board of Counsellors for North East
Asia where she served diligently for many years.
In addition to her many spiritual qualities and steadfastness in the
Covenant, Elena was known for her encyclopedic knowledge of the
Faith, world history and world affairs. She authored a book about
the ancient civilization of Sumer entitled The Quest for Eden. The
close of her earthly life mirrors the closing line of her book:
"What is there now to hinder us? The gates are open wide."
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Prayers for the
progress of her radiant soul will be deeply appreciated.
With Aloha and warmest Baha'i love,
The National Spiritual Assembly
of the Baha'is of the Hawaiian Islands
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