Dina Louise Brown

August 8, 1997December 20, 2015
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Dina Louise Brown (Dina Shchetinina) was born on August 8, 1997, in Shekino town, Tula region, Russia. On December 17, 1998, Marilyn Brown Fausset adopted Dina in Tula, Russia, and they arrived in Colorado just in time for Christmas. Dina has resided in south Boulder ever since, attending Rainbow and Fireside Preschools, Mesa Elementary, Southern Hills Middle School, and Fairview High School. On the morning of December 17, 2015, Dina was found unresponsive and in cardiac arrest, and in spite of much prayer--and the efforts of paramedic and hospital staff--our beloved Dina died of natural causes three days later at Boulder Community Health. She was awarded her high school diploma (class of 2016) that day by Principal Don Stensrud, with friends and family present. Her parents worked with Donor Alliance, and at least four people have received the gift of organ donation.

Dina was an enthusiastic athlete, participating in softball (she received her varsity letter at the hospital) and track in high school, as well as years of recreational softball in the Boulder Valley Girls Softball Association, where she was nicknamed "Cheetah." Dina marched in several Lights of December parades when she was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1285. She loved attending Youth of Unity (YOU) rallies with her Columbine Unity teen group. She attended Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian (REECA) Heritage Camp every summer with Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. She also made many friends at activities with Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA), where she was once Snow Maiden to Grandfather Frost. Last summer, she finished her third season as a Junior Ranger with the City of Boulder, helping maintain open space trails. Recently, she volunteered as an Eye to Eye mentor at Southern Hills Middle School, and there she was able to put to use one of her greatest talents and passions--art.

Dina is survived by many friends far and near as well as her parents, Marilyn and Neal Fausset of Boulder, her brothers Yuri Brown (Longmont, adopted from Tula, Russia in 2002) and Steven Fausset (and wife Sarah, Westminster); aunt and uncle Eileen and Dean Carpenter (Niwot), uncle and aunt Alan and Joan Brown (Kinsey, Montana), Aunt Lenore Brown (Hilton Head, S. Carolina); cousins Doug and Robin Carpenter (Niwot), Jake Brown (Lakewood), Dylan Brown (and wife Anna, Seeley Lake, Montana), Neal Brown (and wife Kristen, Bismarck, ND), Andrew Brown (Asheville, NC), and Melissa Brown (and husband Ron Luhur, Jakarta, Indonesia); many other Brown relatives, plus relatives in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. She is predeceased by her grandparents and her Uncle Hockey (Lu V. L. Brown, III).

A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016, at 1:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO. Donations may be made in Dina's name to FRUA (Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption) at / P.O. Box 2944 Merrifield, VA 22116 or to the Columbine Spiritual Center (indicate Youth of Unity or building fund), 8900 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303.


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Marilyn Fausset

December 30, 2017

Sweet Dina.
It has been two years now since we lost you. Part of me still cannot believe that you are gone. I love you and miss you so much and try to be grateful for the time we shared. The holidays are not the same without your sweet energy and smile.
Love forever,

Puahau Aki

April 10, 2016

Dear Marilyn, Neal, and Yuri,

We just want you all to know how terribly sad and sorry we were and have been at your loss and Dina's passing. It was such a shock then and truly it still is. We have been thinking of you throughout these past days and months, and we find there are still no words to express the deep sympathy and sorrow we feel for you. The world has lost a beautiful, vibrant young woman who was so full of life and promise. We offer our most profound condolences and boundless aloha to all of you, and also our heartfelt prayers to God to just hold you all in His hands and heart.

Me ke aloha pumehana loa,
Puahau, Andy and Anthony Cowell

February 22, 2016

Every year I put up the ornament that Dina gave me the Christmas that she was in fifth grade. I just found out this moment about her death and my heart breaks for you all. I had always hoped that we would get to talk again someday but then who knows maybe we will. Her tenderness and desire to learn and mostly her love lives inside me every day.

Devira Chartrand

Tawnie & Dave Hinkley

January 21, 2016

We were so very saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

bill-jane frobose

January 18, 2016

bill and jane frobose were honored to be part of a most beautiful final tribute to the life of Dina. Like the ship - she will live on, only not seen. She touched so many in such diversity. what a beautiful child - to have lived so much and shared some much in a very short time. We sat next to a Boulder Patrol Officer - he shared with us that "if she had not been truly a special person" she would not have been part of the summer junior ranger program. Although we did not know her - she was living the model set by her parents - what a poignant story.

January 18, 2016

Our deepest condolences to your family. HSSO Board of Directors

Rebecca Lynn

January 18, 2016

I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your sweet Dina. I can see that she was beautiful and was a was a bright light in this world. May the memories of her continue to bring love and comfort to you.

Deanna & Jeff Allen

January 18, 2016

Neal and Marilyn --
Jeff and I are deeply sorry for you as you deal with this loss. We share with you all these words from Chief Dan George in hope that they may in some small way provide you some comfort in the days ahead....

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.

January 18, 2016

I can't tell you how sorry I am about Dina's passing. What a beautiful girl and what a great mom you were to her. We will miss her at FRUA events and heritage camp. Sending love and hugs to you, Marilyn, Neal, and Yuri!

William Sauaia

January 17, 2016

Neil, we are deeply sorry for your loss, and deeply saddened due to this tragedy. Rod, my wife and I want to send you our condolences. Our prayers will be for you. May your daughter's memories stay live in your heart forever. William, Luiza and Rod Sauaia, from your soccer family.