Teen Memoriam Stories

Jaxen Henderson

"Our hope and prayer is that all drivers will slow down and be more aware of their surroundings. Don‘t be in such a hurry to get somewhere. It’s better to slow down, be safe and arrive alive."

Our beautiful daughter, Jaxen, was a senior at Copper Hills High School. She worked at Sub Zero Ice Cream in Jordan Landing. She enjoyed her job. She loved meeting new people and her job was a perfect fit for her friendly and outgoing personality.

She loved her family (especially her cousins) and her friends. She had many friends she treasured spending time with. She loved clothes and shopping…high heels were her favorite accessory.

Jaxen was beautiful on the outside but more importantly, she was beautiful on the inside. She would drop anything she was doing to console, comfort or help a friend. She was full of life—always coming and going—too busy to be bothered by mundane things.

When Jaxen was 13, one of her cousins was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. This diagnosis had a great impact on her. She was determined to go into the medical field and wanted to spend her career finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Jaxen was looking forward to graduating from high school and moving on to college. She was taking AP and concurrent enrollment classes, hoping to graduate with an Associate’s Degree.

The day of her accident was October 17, 2011. She dropped a friend off after school, came home and called me to check in. I normally work from home but had to go into the office that day for meetings. She talked to me about school and a few other things. She talked about dressing up for Halloween. She wanted to be Pocahontas. We talked about craft stores where she could find some feathers to put in her hair for her costume. She said was going to go look for feathers and would see us when we got home. We said our “I love yous” and that was the last time I talked to her.

Jaxen headed out of our neighborhood at 5150 West and New Bingham Highway. She pulled out into the intersection and was hit on the driver’s side by a truck. We aren’t sure why she pulled out in front of the truck. We don’t know if she saw it or not. She died on impact.

Jaxen was a strong believer in organ donation. She was able to donate her eyes, tissues, bones, and skin. We know that her gift of being a donor will help others in need.

Jaxen was our only child. She was the best part of our lives, and we will never be the same. We miss her every single day. We remember the wonderful times we had with her, the goofy things she did, and the way she made us laugh. She had an amazing sense of humor! She impacted everyone she met.

We are so grateful for the love and support from our community. We have truly been blessed and surrounded with love by everyone who knew Jaxen, especially the staff and students at Copper Hills High School. We are so thankful to them for all they have done for us.

Our hope and prayer is that ALL drivers will slow down and be more aware of their surroundings. Don’t be in such a hurry to get somewhere. It’s better to slow down, be safe and arrive alive.

With love for our daughter,

Mom and Dad

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