The 6-year-old loved music, so her memorial service featured numerous musical tributes, including a performance from the Hartford Symphony String Quartet.
The hundreds of guests at Ana's memorial service smiled and laughed fondly at videos of her dancing, and singing the “I'm a Little Teapot” song.
Archbishop Leroy Bailey Jr. called her a “beautiful, adoring child.”
Ana was one of the 26
“We know they are alive, vibrant, and with the Lord,” Bailey said.
As 26 candles were lit to remember the victims, Bailey said they stand for qualities such as hope, strength, endurance and resilience.
Ana loved to have a flower in her hair, and many women who attended wore flowers in their hair too. Pink flowers adorned Ana's small white casket.
“We thank you for the gift of Ana's life,” said the Rev. Paul Echtenkamp. “Ana truly was a gift, a gift from God, a gift from Heaven.”
“There are no words in a tragedy like this,” he said. “Resurrection triumphs over tragedy. Ana believed in Jesus.
Ana, whose father, Jimmy Greene, is a jazz musician, had a love for singing that was “evident before she was even able to talk,” Echtenkamp said, quoting the family's description of her.
“She never walked anywhere!” the family wrote in the progam for the service. “Her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head.”
Ana's parents, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Greene thanked everyone for their words of comfort, cards and flowers, and they also thanked the first responders and emergency personnel of Newtown.
The family has set up a Facebook page, called “Remembering Ana Marquez-Greene,” where anyone may post messages and condolences. Donations in Ana's memory can be made to the Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Western Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810.