Koehler Memorial Removed

Courtney Koehler’s mother had her daughter’s memorial replaced with memories last week. She wished for joy to replace sadness. Genia Donley said that it was time for others to focus on the joy that Courtney found in volleyball and not be reminded of the tragic event that occurred 10 years ago.


It was time. March 9, 4:30 p.m., the display honoring Courtney Koehler was removed from the lobby of the auxiliary gym of Marshall County High School, the home of the Lady Marshals volleyball team. 10 years ago, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Courtney Koehler’s mom received the call that her daughter lay on the floor of the auxiliary gym of Marshall County High School as a Lady Marshall volleyball player.

Genia Donley, mother of the Courtney Koehler, contacted the school about removing the display that contained the shoes, the pads, the uniform her daughter was wearing that fateful day. “It has been 10 years, and I have been thinking about this for a while now. I have decided it is time to take down the memorial,” stated Donley. She went on to explain that the foyer is full of team photos of which her daughter is included. She wants people to remember her daughter as that player without the sadness that the memorial might bring.

Courtney had passed all her physicals presenting no issues. March 9, 2010, 4:30 p.m., her mother received a call at work from a teammate of her daughter’s on her daughter’s phone. Her daughter had fallen during practice, and the ambulance had been called. Everything that could be done was done for her daughter.

Her cause of death was Prolonged QT Interval which led to a fatal arrhythmia. Many people with this condition have no signs or symptoms, and the diagnosis of this condition in most people under the age of 18 comes as a result of a cardiac arrest.

Donley shared stories of Courtney’s life and death and their grieving process. “I truly want families to not live their lives worrying about what could happen but to enjoy what is happening in their life. That is the way we raised Courtney, and although I would take her back in a minute, I have never once had any regrets for how she was raised.”

The display was caringly removed from the wall and loaded into Donley’s vehicle. “I just want to make sure that the community knows that the reason it is coming down is because it is simply just time. We will never forget her, and the people that knew her will not ever forget her.”