Courtney Marcellin, age 28, died peacefully at home on June 11, 2018, after a long illness. She had been living life graciously and on her own terms, never letting a cancer recurrence define her.
Courtney was born in Leesburg VA, on November 5, 1989, and had a wonderful childhood in Leesburg and later in western Loudoun County, graduating from Loudoun Valley High School in 2008. In 2013, she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, studying fashion and art history.
Courtney immediately pursued her dream of a career in the fashion editorial field, moving to New York city alone, knowing no one. Working her way through internships and entry-level jobs at Moda Operandi, WGSN, Editorialist, and Glamourmagazine, she eventually realized her dream of working at Voguewhere she was a research associate.
Courtney loved her adopted city of Brooklyn, NY; her rescue-pup, Chewie; good red wine; solo travels, and searching thrift stores for inexpensive vintage items to accent her signature style. She believed strongly in protecting our natural environment, equal rights for marginalized segments of society, the responsibility to vote, and in tolerance as a guiding principal of life.
Survivors include her parents, Lindsey and Roger Marcellin; sisters Grace Kaczowka (Stephen) and Megan Marcellin, grandmother Dora Marcellin, and aunts and uncles Amy and Bill, David and Sharon, Doug, Michel and Mary, Richard and Maryanne, and Denise. Courtney was pre-deceased 6 months earlier by her grandmother, Virginia Newcome, of Winchester, Virginia, who held a very special place in Courtney’s heart.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 18, at 11 am at St James’ Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St NW, Leesburg VA, 20176.
Courtney loved flowers, but hated waste; in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Briggs Animal Adoption Center (baacs.org)