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Karlee Ann Jenkins


Karlee Ann Jenkins

Karlee Ann Jenkins was born October 20, 2008 in Yakima. Karlee proved to be a fighter her whole life and lived each day to its fullest until her passing on March 7, 2015. She was born with a congenital heart defect and fought hard each day until she received a gift of new life-a heart transplant at just 3 months old. Karlee loved to be with her family and was such a loving and compassionate girl. She had bright blue eyes and a smile that would light up the darkest heart. She loved exploring the outdoors on her grandparents-Karl and Deena Amidon's farm in Goldendale. Karlee found several ways to impact people's lives by showing pure love, bravery, true fight and kindness. Karlee was diagnosed with cancer in April 2014. She never once complained and never once gave up. She loved life more than anyone and she wanted to experience anything she could. Karlee adored other children who were also faced with challenges and she always helped anyone who needed it. She found joy in painting, crafts, therapy dogs, being outdoors, going to Kindergarten, stuffed animals and doing things for others. Karlee loved gardening with her Nana, special Daddy Days and especially each day with her Mom.

Karlee is survived by her parents, Ryan and Devon (Amidon) Jenkins; Great Grandparents, Don and Florence Loudon; Grandparents, Karl and Deena Amidon; Grandmother, Peggy Childers; Rory and Monica Jenkins; Kadee Amidon Herrington; Pace and Virginia Amidon as well her cousins she loved dearly-Jack, Luke, Dilynn, Jordynn, Laney and Trent.

Karlee is preceded in death by her great grandparents, Billy and Wilma Green/Bud and Alda Amidon and her uncle, Tom Herrington.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Stone Church, 3303 Englewood Ave. in Yakima at 11:00 am. A Celebration reception will be held immediately following at the Yakima Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Building, 1301 S. Fair Ave.

The family would like to thank the communities of Yakima and Goldendale as well as the numerous doctors, nurses and staff at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Seattle Ronald McDonald House Charities.


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