Life is so fragile.  On Monday, my sweet cousin MaeLynn passed away from cancer.  She was only 30 years old and the mother of 5 young children.  She survived about a year and a half after her diagnosis, which was much longer than the doctors expected, but so much shorter than we all hoped.  As I think about MaeLynn’s passing and about all of the lives she touched in her short life,  I have absolutely no doubt that she is in a better place.  I pray that her family can find peace and healing.  I’m so grateful for my understanding of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going.  I’m grateful that our families can be eternal.  I’m grateful for my faith in a loving Heavenly Father who will take care of this sweet family in the absence of their mother/wife/sister/daughter.  Squeeze your loved ones a little tighter tonight – I know I will.

Here is her obituary from the Logan Herald Journal:

MaeLynn (Kartchner) Harris (1980 – 2011)

MaeLynn Kartchner Harris, beloved wife, mother, daughter and friend, passed away quietly at home Jan. 31, 2011, from neuroendocrine cancer.
MaeLynn was born April 11, 1980, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Jerry Charles Kartchner and Marie Hanks Kartchner. She attended school in Salt Lake City and graduated from Brighton High School in 1998. In 2002 she graduated from Utah State University with a major in public relations.
MaeLynn married Andrew Lee Harris of North Logan, Utah, on June 22, 2001, in the Jordan River LDS Temple. They made their home in Logan. They are the parents of five children: Kendall (8), Ellie (6), Triston (4), Sawyer (4), and Abigail (3).
MaeLynn was an amazingly sweet person who brought joy to whomever she met. She loved painting, being outdoors, and socializing. She will be remembered as a happy, fun-loving, kind, beautiful woman who loved life. She served faithfully in multiple callings in the LDS Church and had a firm and abiding testimony. Her children were her joy and happiness and she was an excellent mother.
As a family we would like to thank all of those who cared so lovingly for MaeLynn and her family during her illness. The kindness, effort, and generosity extended in her behalf were without limit and were greatly appreciated.
MaeLynn is survived by her husband and children, her parents, her sister, Jamie, and her maternal grandmother, Mae Hanks, for whom she was named. She is also survived by her in-laws, Lee and Pamela Harris, and her biological family, Andy and Lori Reese, Devan, Jaide and Tonia.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Logan 10th Ward chapel located at 792 N. 500 East, Logan, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home located at 162 E. 400 North, Logan, and Saturday at the church, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be at the North Logan City Cemetery, 2000 E. 2500 North, North Logan. Online guest book at
Published in Logan Herald Journal from February 2 to February 16, 2011

5 responses »

  1. jen told me about what happened. so sad. it really does make you hold your loved ones a little tighter. i’m so grateful we have the gospel.

  2. She is so young. That is heartbreaking. Did I meet her? Was she had your grandma and grandpa’s house when we went up to Idaho for EFY? She looks familiar.

    So sad.

  3. I’m not sure what to say about this. Scott and I drove by Brighton High School today and it made me sad to think that she’s not here anymore. I miss her.

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