Marisa Eve Savage

April 3, 1995 - April 12, 2019

Savage, Marisa Obituary
Marisa Eve Savage, accomplished athlete, scholar, and passionate community activist, departed this life peacefully on April 12, 2019 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was 24. Marisa was born on April 3, 1995 to Antonio C. Savage, Sr., and Pamela E. Savage in Laurel, Maryland, and she received her early education from the Prince George’s County Public School System. She graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in 2013 and was ranked third in her class. She also had been president of her class for three years. Ever the high achiever, Marisa received an academic scholarship to study at the University of Tampa where she graduated with cum laude honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. Eventually, Marisa would become a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and be employed by MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital’s physical therapy clinic in Washington, D.C. until earlier this year. 
Marisa’s greatest pursuit was after the heart of God; she made her commitment to Christ during her childhood. At age 10, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and was baptized in His name by her father at Lively Stone Church of God under the leadership of the late Apostle Floyd E. Nelson, Sr.  She later joined Restoration House International in Beltsville, MD, in 2011 with her parents where her godfather, Bishop Kenneth W. Chism, is the pastor. During Restoration House’s “First things First Revival,” Marisa received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in January 2018. Marisa was a member of the Youth Ministry, Women’s Ministry, as well as the Health and Wellness Ministry at Restoration House. She was an original member of the D.I.V.A.S. group which stood for Developing and Inspiring Virtuous and Anointed Sisters. Marisa was an exemplary role model, mentor, and friend to many young girls who looked to her as an inspirational leader and servant.
Marisa was known for her loving and caring personality. She had a special love for pets. Her “babies” included three dogs: Marlo, Roscoe, and Bogey. Marisa was also an avid lover of sports. She understood the importance of being physically active and enjoyed a good competition. At age 8, Marisa became a cheerleader with the College Park Recreation Center where she also played basketball and softball. During her elementary schooling,  she was awarded “Athletic Person of the Year”. In fact, Marisa had become such a polished player that Bucklodge Middle School retired her jersey her eighth grade year. Later she played AAU basketball for the Maryland Ruff Riders and DC Heat. She continued to play basketball and softball, and added track and field during high school. Although Marisa played intramural sports at the University of Tampa during her free time for fun, her devotion to perfecting her craft would help her teams remain undefeated every year she played. 
In addition to her athletic achievements, Marisa was active on the campus of the University of Tampa. She was initiated into the Tau Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., on April 17, 2016 and was also elected the Chapter’s Vice President. In that capacity, she helped lead service events and programs to improve the campus community. Another one of Marisa’s passions was community service, so she volunteered with many organizations throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area and Tampa, Florida. Dedicated to serving others to the end, Marisa was planning to participate in missions work in Haiti or Brazil before her illness.
Marisa leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Antonio C. and Pamela Savage; siblings, Bry’aun (David) Jones, Antonio C. Savage II, and Imani Coles (honorary); grandparents, Viola V. Johnson, and Alease L. Savage; great-grandfather Bishop Algenor Johnson; aunt and godmother Camilla Johnson; uncle Pastor Gene (Doretha) Savage; nieces and nephews, Victoria Johnson, Deon Jones, Lorén Jones, Antonio Savage, III; godparents, Bishop Kenneth Chism, Chenelle Miller, Antonio Purnell, Sr.; her boyfriend, Kyle J. Dawkins; a host of cousins; her sisters in basketball and in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and many more friends.



April 20, 2019
10 AM

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