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Sunday Memorial Service for 'Sweet Bea'

East Cobb girl Beatrice Tolley, 7, died on Christmas of a rare form of brain cancer.

An East Cobb girl who sparked a fundraising drive for brain cancer treatment earlier this year has died.

Beatrice Tolley, known as "Sweet Bea" to family and friends, died Christmas evening from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare, aggressive and mostly terminal form of cancer.

She was seven years old.

Her mother posted the following message Wednesday on a website devoted to efforts to raise money for expenses:

"Sweet Bea made it to Christmas Day, her favorite day of the year.

"She died in the early evening last night. She was at home and I believe she was gone before the paramedics arrived, which was lightning quick. It came on so suddenly and happened so fast.

"Taking care of her for the past 12 months was so incredibly easy. I am so happy for the joyous months I had with her and was able to share with so many of you."

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road in East Cobb.

In February's East Cobb's Red Sky and Tapas Bar held a fundraiser for the Sweet Bea Fund.

Her mother posted in late November that the girl was returning home from hospitalization to begin hospice care.

A reception will follow Sunday's memorial service. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the following:

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