Lasting Memories

Alison Boswell
Sept. 13, 1994-Aug. 14, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Submitted by Elizabeth and Dave Boswell

Alison Boswell, daughter of Dave and Elizabeth Boswell and sister to Henry and Aaron Boswell, was born September 13, 1994 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and lived in Pleasanton California since 1998. Most recently she was a student at Las Positas College where she studied with the dream of being a Disability Advocate. She graduated Amador Valley High School in 2013. Alison was very involved in the community during her short but full life. She was a Girl Scout for 13 years and achieved her Girl Scout Gold Award. She served as a Commissioner on the City of Pleasanton's Human Services Commission, and for many years was on the California Children Services Advisory Council that provides programs for disabled students transitioning to adulthood. She enjoyed playing Power Soccer and in 2015 her team competed at the Power Soccer Nationals in Boston. She loved going to camp in the summer, as well as baking, swimming, and downhill skiing. Her smile, joy of life, humor, courage and tenacity will be remembered in the hearts all who knew her. She will be missed by her parents, brothers, grandparents Sebastian and Sandra Reisch, and Gladys Boswell, aunts and uncles, as well as her cousins, teammates, colleagues, caregivers and friends. Alison had a personal goal of living independently, like most other young adults. CRIL (Community Resources for Independent Living), a non-profit organization, was instrumental in enabling her to achieve that goal. Accordingly, the family is suggesting that expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of support for CRIL Hayward, which serves communities in the East Bay.

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From robort
April 24, 2018

Alison Boswell is no more with us. But she was very kind young lady with all the good qualities. She was very close to Karen. But it is the reality of life that we all have to leave this world one day. Life is so unpredictable. But this essaychief will keep her remembrance.

From Janet Vigallon
Sept. 30, 2016

I remember Alison having my daughter Karen over for a movies-and-popcorn fun day one afternoon(a few years ago)as the moms were trying to foster a new friendship. With Asperger's, Karen's disability includes a social difficulty, and I remember being impressed with how kind and supportive Alison was reaching out to her, and expressing such acceptance of Karen as she was. Alison had such a beautiful soul. We will always remember her kindness and support of others. She and Karen later shared an English class at Las Positas and often exchanged smiles. We are proud to help celebrate her life, but so sad, too, to see it over so soon. Our hearts break for you. She was a very special young lady, and will always be remembered.