Allyson Diana Genest
1961 - 1999
"Allyson Genest - Beloved"
Diana Genest was born on March 16, 1961 in Newton, Massachusetts.
Born the fourth child of her parents, Joyce and Robert, and the
only sister to her brothers Bryan, Gary and Christian, she quickly
became, and remained, the treasured, shining jewel of the family.
An electric spark, Allyson as a young girl never failed to brighten
any space she entered; those around her were always warmed by
her glow. Brilliant and beautiful, the child Allyson possessed
unlimited amounts of enthusiasm, humor and love. Intelligent and
witty, Allyson was a favorite of her teachers, learning quickly
As a young adult, Allyson continued to develop and nurture her
nearly all-consuming zest for life. She gripped the art of living
firmly, and extracted everything she could; deer hunting, darts,
scuba diving, friendships, love and work were all committed-to
and mastered enthusiastically and completely.
As she matured, well-rooted in her career (in Boston's Financial
Community), Allyson began searching for a broader meaning in her
life. She traveled extensively, thrilled with the increasingly
rich spectrum that the world offered her. She began to pay more
attention to the broader subtleties of life; the natural aspects
of the city as she walked to work, the direction and shape of
her life so far, and perhaps most meaningfully to her: the next
generation of her family in the lives of her niece, Audrey and
her nephews, Jeffrey, Adam, and Brandon. As the only girl of four
siblings, Audrey, being the only girl of four cousins, held a
special place in Allyson's heart, but she loved them all. The
walls of her home, her office and her wallet contained many dozens
of pictures of these four children.
The last phase of Allyson's life, her illness and death, brought
deep grief to all whose lives she had touched. This time, though,
will always be remembered for the way it illuminated what her
father recalls as "special excellence of her character."
She faced her illness fearlessly, as an adversary to be calmly
and ruthlessly defeated. As she became aware that it was to be
she that would fall instead, Allyson faced her situation with
a cool courage which none of us can ever forget. She died with
dignity, defiance, great humanity, and the deep love of all those
Allyson had two primary desires to be carried out after her death.
The first was that everything she had be put in a trust to help
fund the college education of her niece and nephews. Her wish
was that she could help keep and feed the burning sparks of the
minds of these children, beloved of her. The other was that her
cremated remains be sent into space. Both have been accomplished.
We, who knew and loved her, when we see a shooting star, or look
at these children, will see Allyson there; stoking the fires,
keeping us warm, lighting the world.