Iona Michelle Suisse
April 11, 2016 ~ February 12, 2022
The Rainbow Unicorn Princess, Iona Michelle Suisse, passed away on February 12th due to complications of leukemia. She was 5 years old.
Born on a hill in a German forest, the princess Iona came into this world completely herself. She was pink and imperious and the most perfect thing that had ever come into being on a hill in a German forest. She was named after an island with pink rocks and rolling meadows on the edge of the cold Atlantic Sea. The first house the princess ever lived in was covered with red roses and surrounded by snowdrops and moss. She spoke early and with confidence, a trait that she always held onto, and with a vocabulary that was far beyond her years. She traveled the world, from visiting ancient castles to climbing giant sand dunes, watching pacific waves crash against warm shorelines and walking on the top of the tallest snowy mountains. She even visited that island with pink rocks in Scotland that was her namesake.
Iona had an affinity for unicorns, and how could she not, being so pure and brave herself. The princess loved the colors pink and purple and magenta, and especially rainbow. Iona loved singing and painting and doing crafts. She loved getting her nails done and doing her makeup and wearing the perfect dress. And she hated pants. She loved her older brother so much and took such good care of him. She made the best of everything, and her life was full of both great and dangerous adventures.
Iona had been battling cancer for over a year, but in the weeks leading up to her death she had been feeling more herself. She went shopping, she picked out some new nail polish, she got ingredients for a new recipe. She was making plans for the future, endlessly researching Disneyland and talking about which outfits to wear to the beach. She was dreaming about riding the school bus with her brother and belting songs into her microphone. We are so lucky to have gotten a little bit more of Iona at the end.
Losing such a vibrant, magical soul is made all the more painful by her youth and the abruptness of her death. She will be dearly and deeply missed by her brother, parents, grandparents, and everyone else she came into contact with.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to http://gofund.me/20b26fcb to help pay for her medical bills. Everyone is invited, please wear pink in honor of Iona.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 South 2000 West, Syracuse, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the mortuary.