Briana Carol-Lynn Shull

June 11, 2000 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 20)


Briana Carol-Lynn Shull, born June 11, 2000, in Santa Clara, to Jonathan and Beverly Shull, passed away, in her home, on January 8, 2021 after battling cancer. She is survived by her parents, Jonathan and Beverly, sister, Jenna, grandparents Wayne and Diana, Auntie Meredith (Corey) and their children Jocelyn and Liam, cousins Ryan (Tara) and Amy (Sal), Uncles and Aunts, David (Janet), Robert (Julie), Beth (Rod) and cousins, Robyn, Patrick, Allison, Morgan, Cole and Jackson.

Briana grew up with a lot of spunk and energy. More energy than most adults combined. It was often said, that we could light a city, if we were to harness her energy. She went through a few child care takers, which just could not keep up with her! That spunk made her adorable, but also pushed the adult buttons. Once while being called by her father to come to him, when she was about 3, she responded with, “I busy”, a saying that her father frequently said to her.

She was quiet and carefree; not afraid to do things on her own. She enjoyed reading from a young age and really enjoyed several series from author Rick Riordan, pertaining to Greek mythology, Harry Potter, dragons, and other science fiction / fantasy books. She also LOVED anything Marvel, My Little Pony and designed her own character, Transformers, Pokeman, and, of course, Star Wars.

She enjoyed spending time with children of a younger age. She spent most of her junior high lunch breaks, helping the kindergarten teacher with her class. This love of the young was also demonstrated through volunteering as a sports camp coach and going on the Arizona mission trips. This also is where her love of Jesus shown through.

She attended Berean Christian High School, graduating in May 2019. While there, she made a strong connection with astronomy and discovered her passion on the high school trap team, where she really found a niche. She also enjoyed playing church softball and kept telling her medical team, that she wanted to start physical therapy, so she would be strong enough to play this coming spring.

Shortly after graduating from high school, and while on vacation in Oregon, Briana was hospitalized and diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. We postponed her first semester at Diablo Valley Community College, to deal with her new medical issue. She was able to attend one semester of college, before the stress of going to school and going to Stanford frequently (and not feeling well from time to time), became too much. She never gave up on the situation and fully thought she would recover from the cancer, until the end.

Briana enjoyed her family time. Briana was a brave and strong young lady and her family will miss her sweet and sassy sense of humor! “Briana. Do you want to meet Jesus?” “Ok daddy. Let me get my choos.”

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