Jan. 2, 1994 — Dec. 1, 2014
Addy, as she was known to all, arrived in Seaside, Ore., Jan. 2, 1994, the first baby of the New Year in Clatsop County and the youngest of three girls born to Gretchen Fulop Darnell and Rick Darnell, joining sisters Lindsey and Lauren. She was a happy child, with an inquisitive nature and a head full of curls, who added sparkle to every place she went.
Addy was an active and adventurous spirit. She loved sports. She played soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball, and was a Seaside High School cheerleader. Addy spent her childhood summers at Camp Kiwanilong, surfing at the beach and traveling the West Coast on the back of a Harley Davidson with her father; stepmother; and sister, Alex.
Addy loved to travel and was lucky to have so many opportunities. At 8 years old, she toured Italy with her mother and two sisters, one of whom was there on foreign exchange. Following in her sister Lindsey’s footsteps, she spent her junior year as a Rotary Foreign Exchange student. In Ecuador, she canoed the Amazon, hiked the jungle, rappelled down a 150-foot waterfall, bungee-jumped off a bridge and swam with the turtles in the Galapagos Islands.
Addy was diagnosed at the age of 8 with Wilson’s Disease, a rare genetic liver disorder. Ultimately, she underwent an emergency liver transplant at the age of 17. Three years of health struggles and multiple hospitalizations followed, none of which could dim her feisty spirit. She continued to live every day to the fullest.
Addy lived and loved fiercely. She did nothing half way, and was often described by those that knew her as a force to be reckoned with.
In her final months, in spite of the pain, she sucked every last moment out of life. Traveling to Disneyland, spending time at the ocean and making sure those she loved knew just how much. She left us with a smile on her face.
Addy is survived by her loving mother, Gretchen Fulop Darnell; her father, Rick Darnell; stepmother, Dawn McIntosh; sisters, Lindsey Darnell, Lauren (Wyatt) Oxley and Alexandra Habecker; grandmother, Marilyn Fulop; grandfather, Robert Darnell; nephew, Joseph Alldrin, and nieces, Ariann and Eliza Oxley; the Luciak family of Vancouver, BC; and the Miller family of Mililani Town, Hawaii.
A celebration of Addy’s life was held Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Seaside Convention Center.
“Veni Vidi Vici” — ”I came, I saw, I conquered”