On March 21, 2009, Bailey “Boo” Corless and two of her friends passed away in a head-on collision on State Road 138 in Stansbury Park, Utah. They were on their way to Grantsville when an 18-year-old male fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line. Boo’s car was hit and all three were killed instantly. Boo was her father’s only biological child.
As a little girl Boo enjoyed dancing and singing with her friends and spending time with her family. Her goal was to become a teacher; however, as she grew older, she wanted to become a cosmetologist. She was a vibrant young lady who lived life to the fullest, and to her, there was no such thing as a dull moment. She was always willing to help people and loved her family and friends. Boo was a junior in high school and worked at Macey’s in Tooele. At the time of her death, she was looking forward to going to the junior prom at Grantsville High School.
We will never forget that Saturday when a Grantsville City police officer knocked on our door to tell us that we had lost our little girl; that was the worst day of our lives. We can’t describe the feeling of emptiness in our hearts and in our lives. We didn’t get to see her graduate from high school and won’t be able to see her get married and have kids – our grandkids. It’s simply heartbreaking.
The week following the crash was a blur. Not only did we have to plan our daughter’s funeral, we also had to attend two other funerals. The people of the community who came out and supported all three families were amazing. It’s been one year since we lost Boo, and each day is a new challenge to move forward. One thing that motivates us is to hear the success stories of her friends and to think, “What would Boo want us to do?” There isn’t a day that goes by when we haven’t shed a tear, not only for Boo, but for the pain and loss that we, her family and friends, have experienced.
If there is one message we could pass along to everyone who reads this book it would be, don’t take life for granted and make sure to tell your family every day how much you love and appreciate them.
We love and miss you, Boo.
Love, your family and friends.