Maylee C. Anderson is our daughter. She was born on 2/11/1999 and she died on 5/29/2015.
She was a shining example of goodness to those around her. She was a fun-loving, positive, friendly, kind, thoughtful, and grateful teenager with a funny infectious and contagious laugh. She was very smart and did well in school—most of the time achieving “straight As”.
Maylee loved her family, friends, and her Heavenly Father. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had earned her Young Woman medallion and was an inspiration to those in her classes. Maylee loved to spend time with her friends and family. It didn’t take much to keep her entertained or happy. She was always so grateful for all that she had—whether in abundance or not.
She loved her friends, and since her passing, we have come to realize that the lives she touched and the impact she had on her friends was more than we knew. A common thread that runs throughout comments shared by others about Maylee is that she was a “true friend”. She was kind and thoughtful and gracious and those who were her friend all considered her to be their “best friend”. Maylee saw beyond people’s flaws and imperfections—she loved people for who they were. With Maylee there were no qualifications and no pretext. She was true and genuine. She accepted others at face value and she didn’t try to be something she wasn’t.
Maylee had a great sense for fashion, loved “bling” and anything with sequins on it or that was “sparkly”! She loved life. She was 1 day away from completing her sophomore year at Lone Peak High School when she was in her car accident.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 6:51pm, Maylee was involved in a “T-bone” car crash that resulted in her death. Maylee was driving. Her mother, Christine, was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. They were struck on the driver-side (left) while turning left onto Highland Blvd. from 11800 N. in Highland. Maylee’s head and left side of her body absorbed most of the impact. Maylee died on impact but was miraculously revived on site by the first 3 passersby to stop—a police sergeant, a doctor, and a nurse! She was kept alive for 9 minutes until a helicopter could arrive. She and her mom were both life-flighted to separate hospitals. Maylee had extensive brain trauma and injuries—during the crash she lost her left eye, shattered her face and jaw, broke her left arm, broke ribs on the left side of her body, punctured her left lung, broke her pelvis in 3 places, lacerated her liver, and more… Maylee died in the hospital 4 days later, on Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 11:45AM.
To say that Maylee’s death has had a profound impact on our family and our community would be a gross understatement. People from around the world reached out to our family and to Maylee while she was in the hospital—which provided a small, but insightful glimpse into the kind of special girl we had in our family. Our lives are forever changed and life is different. While we continue in faith, our hearts are broken and each day can be difficult. At times the pain is so great that we simply don’t know how we can possibly move on, but we do…one day at a time—faithful that we’ll see our sweet Maylee again and be able to see her smile, hear her ever infectious laugh, and feel her warm embrace. We love and miss you Maylee...