Paiton Elizabeth Gardner

Paiton Elizabeth Gardner

Paiton was born on January 2, 1998 to Brandt and Mary Gardner in Provo, Utah.  She has an older sister, Bethany, and two younger brothers, Tanner and Jackson. She was raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  As a child, she took voice lessons, played the violin, and danced ballet and tap.  As she got older, she branched out and joined any club, organization, or event she was interested in.  She played soccer for the Stillwater High School girls' soccer team and studied cosmetology at Meridian Technology Center. She was a student at the University of Utah and a member of the Chi Omega sorority when she passed away suddenly in her sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition. Paiton was a loyal daughter and friend, always free with love and forgiveness for others. She was concerned with anyone who was left out, less fortunate, or in distress and spent her senior year of high school volunteering with special needs children. She worked as a phlebotomist at the University of Utah hospital and was amazed by the human body. Paiton loved to make things beautiful and could be counted on to make everyone around her feel special and treasured. She loved children and was a favorite babysitter to dozens. She was happiest when she was surrounded by people she loved and when she was giving service to others. Paiton is so very loved and is tremendously missed. She is gone much earlier than we would like, but her family knows she is in the arms of our Savior and loved ones gone before. Her friends and family have declared her birthday, "Make the World More Beautiful Day" in her honor.  Our hope is that each year on her birthday, those who loved and knew of her will do something to make the world a little more beautiful, as Paiton did every single day.  We love and miss her so much.  What might she have been when she "grew up?"  While her interests ranged from medicine to law to cosmetology to family therapy, her passion was always to help others.  We are certain that her work now as an angel will more than compensate for what the world has lost in her passing.  We love to think that our baby girl, who everyone said seemed so angelic, actually did grow up to be an angel.