Claire Deng, 13, of South Burlington, was born in Seattle, Wash. on Aug. 18, 2005. She moved with her family to South Burlington in 2006 just after her first birthday. She attended Rick Marcotte Central School and was in the 8th grade at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. She left us behind in the hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
She is survived by her parents, Jiery Wang and Bin Deng; her older brother, Clark; and her family in China, including her aunties, Ying, Fang, Mei and Uncle Jun, and three nephews. She also left her extended family in Seattle, her uncles Raymond and Ping and aunties Margaret and Ying.
She was a beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, courageous, independent and kind young lady. She was a talented artist who excelled in many endeavors including writing, painting, drawing and photography. She was a skillful piano player and played flute in Vermont Youth Orchestra Association program. Her dream was to become a designer to promote the quality of people’s life. She planned to attend one of the top art colleges in the United States.
Claire was a ballet dancer as well as a skillful figure skater on the ice. She played lacrosse for seven years. She loved swimming in the summer and was a skillful snowboarder in winter. She was a bilingual speaker in both English and Mandarin and was on the way to becoming a fluent French speaker, as well as being interested in learning Spanish to become quadrilingual. Her curiosity about the universe around her was insatiable. She had traveled and visited many cities in China, Italy, Greece and Switzerland as well as the United States. She will be remembered by her friends and teachers as a fulfilled, loving and kind young lady with a great sense of humor with the ability to make people laugh.
Claire’s short but blooming life is best reflected in this quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” Claire’s candle will forever shine brightly in the memories of her friends and family.
Claire’s visiting hours were held at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel on Friday, March 8. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, March 23 at the Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. in South Burlington at 11 a.m.
Her family is planning a memorial fund in Claire’s name to honor her beautiful life and help and support girls who love art and seek higher education in art. Detailed information about Claire’s Memorial Fund to come.