OHIO VALLEY — A spectacular parade fit for a princess awaited five-year-old Clarissa Marr on Wednesday evening, upon her return to Mason/Meigs counties after six long months.
Marr came home March 24, exactly six months to the date of the Clifton house fire that left her badly burned. The time was spent in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she endured over 50 surgeries and intense rehabilitation.
Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets of the Bend Area with signs and balloons during the welcome parade. Clarissa was escorted from New Haven to her new home near Middleport by emergency vehicles from Chester, Ohio to Flatrock, W.Va.
There was one stop along the way, however. In the parking lot of Wahama High School, the young girl was visited by a medical helicopter, much like the one on Sept. 24, 2020, her fifth birthday, that flew her from her destroyed home to Columbus.
Clarissa was presented several gifts from various emergency crews and individuals. And while she rode in the parade in a family pick-up truck, she finished her ride home from there in a Mason Volunteer Fire Department rescue truck.
Clarissa’s parents, Willis and Tiffany Marr, were told at times throughout the ordeal that their little girl might not be able to eat, walk or talk again. She has proven them wrong on every count, but her medical needs are not over. Clarissa will return to Columbus often while she continues to make progress.
An account remains at Farmers Bank in Mason to assist the Marrs with Clarissa’s medical bills.
Emergency services participating, or assisting, in the parade were the Mason, New Haven, Point Pleasant, Flatrock, Pomeroy, Middleport, Chester and Syracuse fire departments; Mason County EMS; Mason, New Haven, Pomeroy, Syracuse and Middleport police departments; and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
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Signs hung from telephone poles, businesses, and yards to welcome Clarissa Marr home from the hospital, and to tell her how much she is loved.
A parade in honor of Clarissa Marr’s release from the hospital was held Wednesday evening, just in time for those attending Bible study at the First Baptist Church in Mason to come outside and welcome her home.
Businesses and organizations throughout the Bend Area posted signs welcoming five-year-old Clarissa Marr home Wednesday, after she spent six months in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Clarissa was severely burned in a house fire in Clifton, WV in September 2020.
A group of youngsters outside the Mason fire station show their signs in support of young Clarissa Marr, who underwent numerous surgeries and rehabilitation after being severely burned in a fire last September.
Hundreds of people, mostly in groups of 10 to 20, lined the streets of the Bend Area Wednesday evening to welcome five-year-old Clarissa Marr home, after she spent six months in the hospital. The three pictured displayed their signs on the main street of New Haven.
Balloons were hung from the door of the New Haven Pharmacy Wednesday evening to welcome Clarissa Marr home.
City National Bank in Mason had every window covered in signs Wednesday to welcome Clarissa Marr, a five-year-old burn victim, home from Nationwide Children’s Hospital after six months.
The theme was the same throughout the entire Bend Area Wednesday evening, when people gathered for a parade to “Welcome Home” Clarissa Marr.
Emergency vehicles as far as the eye could see escorted Clarissa Marr from New Haven to her new home near Middleport Wednesday. Clarissa’s home in Clifton was destroyed by fire on Sept. 24, 2020. She was released from the hospital on Wednesday after spending six months there.
Small groups of people lined the streets from New Haven to Mason and beyond to welcome Clarissa Marr home from the hospital after a six month stay.
Five-year-old Clarissa Marr is pictured in the back seat of a truck during a parade in her honor Wednesday. The Marr family was escorted from New Haven to their new home near Middleport by dozens of emergency vehicles from both Mason and Meigs counties. Clarissa spent six months in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, after being burned in a house fire Sept. 24, 2020 in Clifton.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]