A Profound Loss: Farewell To Alison J. Marshall


With heavy hearts, we bid farewell this week to our dear friend and founding board member Alison J. Marshall, who passed away on February 13th. Poet, philanthropist, marketer, technologist, traveler, ad executive, author––Alison was so much more than any one label could encompass. But to her friends and family, she was simply a constant source of happiness and light.

Beginning her professional career in the field of marketing and public relations, Alison had a budding interest in technology that eventually prompted her move into IT. In addition to board seats at AD-Club Orange County, the Business Professional Advertising Association and the Orange County Board for United Way Special Events, Alison served on the Billions Rising board since its inception in 2013.

A firmly devoted believer in the Billions Rising mission, Alison was a stalwart and grounding presence in the organization for over eight years. In the course of that period, Alison also returned to her love of storytelling, completing what she considered her first full-fledged novel, The 9 To 5 Sovereign.

In the wake of Alison’s passing, her sister said this: “She had many loyal and devoted friends, she loved to be in their company. She spread joy wherever she went. She was eager to serve Light in the world.”

These things are never easy, so I’ll end with the consoling words of Victor Hugo, from Les Miserables: “It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”


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