Memorial for Allyson Meredith Stone will be at St. Bernadette this Sunday, Feb. 19
Allyson Meredith Stone – daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend and inspiration to many – passed away Monday February 6th after 22 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup at the age of 26. Allyson was born September 27, 1990 and battled systemic scleroderma for nearly 20 years. The disease manifested itself primarily in her lungs causing interstitial lung disease. She was diagnosed at the age of 9 and 30 per cent of her lungs had already been compromised, it was estimated she had gone undiagnosed for three years and her life expectancy at the time of diagnosis was five years. She underwent three years of chemo therapy at Children’s Hospital in Seattle and amazed the doctors and staff there with her toughness and attitude. Amazing medical professionals became a lifelong occurrence, even in her final days at Good Samaritan.
During her chemo treatments at Children’s, Allyson became a member of the University of Washington Women’s Basketball Family. Players on the team came to every one of her chemo treatments once they met her. At her 10th birthday, the UW Women’s Basketball team showed up and made her a ball girl as a birthday present. She served in that role at the UW until high school and remained a UW Women’s Basketball fan the rest of her life.
Allyson refused to let scleroderma define her. She played year-round AAU level basketball from 6th grade though high school. By the time she finished high school, no one knew she was missing 30 per cent of her lung capacity, but they knew she was the best teammate you could have. Many players and coaches commented on how tough Allyson was and how she always made sacrifices for the betterment of the team.
After high school she considered basketball options, but decided to take a gap year and join her brother in San Diego. After a year, she retuned to Seattle and attended Bellevue Community College then South Seattle Community College, receiving her AA degree and making the Dean’s List. Allyson was continuing her education and had scheduled her MCAT exam for med school this spring. Her goal was to work for Doctors Without Borders, helping those in need.
Allyson loved to travel. She traveled around the world with her dad in 2002, hitting four continents, and returned to Europe in 2015, finishing up at Oktoberfest in Germany. Paris was her favorite city.
She also loved movies and books. Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart being her favorite film, and the Harry Potter series of books and films a close second. The Harry Potter books came out when she started her chemo treatments at Children’s Hospital and were the reading staple during treatments.
Allyson was blessed with a rapier wit. She could turn a phrase quicker than anyone and would leave her friends rolling with laughter at unexpected times.
Last March, Allyson’s health took an unexpected turn when she contracted pneumonia and a lung infection. She returned home after a week in the hospital and needed full time oxygen. She was hospitalized in August with a recurrence. Following the August episode, Allyson was advised to explore a lung transplant, but proclaimed ‘she was attached to her lungs’ and wanted to get them back into shape. January 16th she was taken to the ICU at Good Samaritan and finally agreed it was time for a lung transplant. UCSF Medical had agreed to take Allyson for a lung transplant, but she never stabilized enough to be transported there. Despite all her medical issues, Allyson never complained or sought sympathy. In fact, she didn’t want anyone to know or be inconvenienced. Her goal was to live as ‘normal’ a life with her friends as possible.
She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Allyson was predeceased by 43 days by Daisy Mae, her cat of 18 years who was there for all the medical treatments, comforting Allyson constantly. She is survived by her father Larry, mother Judy (Jack), brother Billy (Leah), nephew Hunter and niece Addison, grandmother Kiara, Uncle John (Cara), Aunt Nadine (Brian), Aunt Debbie (Douglas), and Uncle Bill, as well as many cousins, extended relatives, step siblings and loving friends.
Her family wishes to thank the staff of Seattle Children’s for their years of loving care, especially Dr Anne Stevens. Also the ICU staff of MultiCare Good Samaritan for their heroic efforts to keep Allyson with us, especially Deb Coles, the ICU director, Dr Nicole Collett, Dr Kahn, and nurses Tiffanie, Aaron, Joe, Jon, Muck and Jennifer. Allyson’s funeral service will be Sunday, February 19th at 2:30pm at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Burien. A viewing will precede the service at 1:30pm. A reception and celebration of Allyson’s life will follow the service in the parish hall. If you are moved to provide a memorial in Allyson’s name, the family recommends the Rheumatology Department at Seattle Children’s or the Scleroderma Foundation.