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Marissa Guadalupe Abney – Our little girl died Tuesday. Marissa Guadalupe Andrews was born on Sept. 19, 1972, in Munson Army Hospital, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Before she was 1 year old, Missy traveled with her parents to Bitburg, Germany, and returned to the United States in 1976 to be a resident of West Point, N.Y. She began school at West Point and learned to swim before her family, now including two sisters, Margo and Michelle, moved to Los Alamos in 1979.
In Los Alamos, Missy attended Piñon Elementary School and learned to read more than 2,500 words per minute. Needless to say, Missy kept her parents poor buying books. Her brother Matthew also came along and joined her family as they moved to SHAPE, Belgium, in 1981. At SHAPE, she attended the SHAPE International School, and was a member of the Mustangs youth soccer team and the SHAPE Seals swim team, helping both to win championships. Missy swam against the Berlin Bears in Berlin and the European League Championships in the Munich Olympic Pool. When it came time for her daddy to leave the Army, she announced, “We don’t care where you are going, Daddy, but we’re going back to Los Alamos.”In 1984, Missy moved with her family back to Los Alamos, entering Los Alamos Middle School that fall. She became a member of the Los Alamos Swim Team, The Aquatomics, and in eighth grade became a member of the Los Alamos High School swim team. When she was 14, Missy became a state champion as part of the Los Alamos High School medley relay team, swimming the breaststroke leg. As reported in the Albuquerque Journal, that event led the way for the girls to beat Academy and the team to be crowned state champions. Her parents presented her at the MVD on her 15th birthday to reduce the driving commitments for 5:30 a.m. practices. After high school, Missy attended New Mexico State, swimming for them her first year. But she became disenchanted with college and returned to Los Alamos after a few years. Missy met Aaron Rooney in Los Alamos and later gave birth to Christopher Kenyon Rooney. Missy also returned to school, the only one of the siblings to attain a science degree in biology.Three years ago, Missy met and married Robert Abney, becoming Marissa Abney. Robert is the former athletic director and now vice principal at Los Alamos High School. In addition to her children Christopher, Chloe, Kaley and Noela, Marissa is survived by her husband Robert, her two sisters and brother, her parents, Maria and Andy Andrews, her four-legged children Tillie and Poppy, and so many people that loved her and cared for her. Our little girl died Tuesday. She was 35. Now Missy’s an angel in heaven. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 16. Both will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, Los Alamos, N.M. – 662-6193.