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Haley Smith

Haley Ferris Smith (Hendrickson)

Saturday, November 7th, 1992 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019
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A loving account of Haley’s life by her mother, and her family. Haley Ferris Smith Hendrickson Was born at 6:00 in the morning of November 11, 1992 Orem Community Hospital Orem, Utah Of course you were perfect in every way, and you had your Mom, Lynda Hendrickson • Orem, Utah Dad, Michael Smith • Salt Lake City, Utah Mom, Terri Smith • Salt Lake City, Utah Sister, Effney Gardea • Los Angeles, California Sister, Hilary Gardea • Orem, Utah Brother, Mykel Oliver • Murpheys, California Brother, Jaden Hendrickson • Orem, Utah Sister in Law, Mallory Hendrickson Orem, Utah and Grandparents, Allen & Doreen Hendrickson of • Orem, Utah and Sharel Johnson • Reno, Nevada wrapped around your little finger. As your mom, I never thought I would have another baby, so I Loved every minute of it! You were a good baby, slept 6 hours the night you came home, and were truly a delight in every way. We all loved you. “Thank you Sweet Pea.” With 10 and 13 years between you and your older sisters, you were well taken care of by all of your “moms”! If ever a baby was loved it was you. Your Blessing Day was a celebration. Your father was proud to show you off to his family. His mom, Sharel, his sister Jill and her husband Ken, and his brothers Derek and Jeff. You were lucky to be born into a good and loving extended family. You got to live right next door to your Uncle Doug and Aunt Teresa’s family from the time you were born. You grew up at Upper Case Printing and Freedom Mailing Services, along with your younger brother Jaden, and Uncle Bart and Aunt Tonya’s kids, because that’s where I worked in the family business. Your best friends were your cousins at home and at work. You have always been surrounded by family. Aunt Jan and Uncle Kim’s family baby sat you while I was going to school and we’d see Aunt Alleen and Uncle Dave’s family when we broke our fast every first Sunday of the month at our ALL family, Family Home Evening Pot Luck. When you were still crawling, you would stop in front of the speakers and rock back and forth in time to the music. You have always had music in your soul. You were a great little singer and sang duets with me as well as many solos. Singing wasn’t enough though, so you moved to playing instruments also. For Christmas when you were 13, our family celebrated in Los Angeles with your oldest sister, Effney, and your gift from me was a picture of a guitar! I told you it was waiting for you at home. As soon as you picked up that guitar you and your new best friend, Google, figured out the chords and the fingerings and you learned how to play it and you soared from there. You quickly started accompanying yourself and writing your own songs. “Way to go Haley Paley Puddin’ and Pie.” We started listing all the instruments you played at one time or another and they included, but are not limited to: the Cello at Northridge Elementary, Trom- bone in Band and Jazz Band at Orem Jr. High, 12 String, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Flute, Piano, Organ, Drums and various other percussion instruments, and how many did we leave out? But the instrument you were born and blessed with, your voice, was the very best, so you sang in all your school choirs. You were active in the Drama Departments in Jr. High and High School. The “Pied Piper”, Gracie in “Nifty Fifties”, and the big one, Dorothy, in “Wizard of Oz.”. The choreographer, Cindy, loved working with you, and Mrs. Green, the drama director at OJHS, told me you were her favorite Dorothy! Grandma especially loved hearing you sing, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” She got you the music and wrote you a tribute: “When all the world is a hopeless jumble and the raindrops tumble all around, - Heaven opens a magic lane. When all the clouds darken up the skyway, there’s a rainbow highway to be found, - Leading from your window pane. To a place behind the sun, Just a step beyond the rain. Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where trouble melts like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops - That’s were you’ll find me. Somewhere Over the Rainbow bluebirdes fly, Birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why can’t I? ...If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why can’t I?” “This exemplifies Haley’s life. She found her way over the rainbow.” Haley had so many interests that not one high school had everything she wanted...so she went to all three; Orem, Timpanogos and Mt. View High schools. During one of your performances at the Velour in Provo Utah, after accompanying yourself on the guitar, you put it down and the for the next song you accompanied yourself on the piano. Your mom was shocked because she didn’t even know you knew how to Play the piano, let along accompany yourself! “What a surprise! That was amazing!” You got a double education for the price of one when you were enrolled in Spanish Immersion starting in 1st grade at Northridge Elementary. You went to several other schools and finished Spanish Immersion at Cherry Hill. While at Cherry Hill you had some great friends, amazing opportunities and experiences, and especially good teachers. Miss Billings, on her own decided to get a Grant and be the director for, “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.” As a 5th Grader you auditioned and got the part of Tzeitel. I had to buy you a Wedding Dress ensemble. Have you ever tried finding a Wedding dress for a 5th Grader? Your little brother, Jaden was encouraged strongly to tryout because if I was going to spend long hours as a stage mom for one child, I might as well make it two! In 6th grade, Miss Billing directed, “The Music Man Jr.”. Haley, you got the lead female role of, Marion Puroo. Jaden who was your younger brother in real life, got the part of Winthrop, your younger brother in the play. So brother and sister played brother and sister. Because I was a cosmetologist I even dyed Jaden’s hair red to look the part. Haley, you entered reflections several times and walked away with first place ribbons. One year you wrote a song that won several catagories and levels. You played on a boys competition Soccer Team, The Predators, with your cousin Joshua Jonissaint that his dad, Uncle Jacques Jonissaint, coached for 3 years. To go along with all the instruments, you, Haley, became a prolific music and lyric writer. Give her a scrap of paper, a napkin, wrapper, post it note, brown paper bag, or a brand new notebook and she would write the lyrics and/or the cords of a song on it! We have found literally hundreds of lyrics for songs everywhere. After posting one of your songs on social media you commented and said, “When a song wants to be sung, I’ll be there to sing it!” We have volumes of diaries of yours because you were constantly writing. You had to get what was in your head on paper. When you entered the Young Women’s program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, your favorite activity was camp. There were many reports from the girls and leaders that they all loved hearing you sing for them at night. That worked out really well because you always liked singing! Win/Win! Effney, your oldest sister, was there for your birth and she was one of the first to hold you in her arms. Her career as a set designer was right up your alley and you were lucky enough to get to work on several of the projects she hired you for. You followed in your second oldest sister, Hilary’s, footsteps and became a good little artist. So then, you became a prolific doodler, sketcher and creative author of art. We’re not sure what skill we have found to be the most inspiring: lyrics, music or drawings. Not to mention all the selfies and music videos you posted on social media. You even created your own brand, Tiger Lily, that you recorded under. In January of 2009 your song writing skills, vocals, and guitar playing, caught the attention of Mike Shumway, (the A&R guy for Steven Carnagie of S.C. Produc- tions) one night when you sang at the Velour. Your song “Adam’s Apple” was very impressive, thoughtful, and clever. (Many people remember you for your “Rainbow Warrior” original. We all have our favorites). They were impressed! Because of that association, Haley, you were honored to be featured as one of the artists who performed for the 20th Anniversary of the movie, “Rain Man”. You loved being a part of that production and meeting the incredible people associated with it. They all loved you and you made your family Proud! You also got to
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:45pm
    When
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 4:00pm - 5:45pm
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 6:00pm
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Monday, September 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, September 9th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Orem City Cemetery
    Address
    1520 N 800 E, Orem, UT 84097
    Orem, Utah 84097
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Melissa Brackett

Posted at 12:52pm
Halley was the sweetest, most beautiful, compassionate, free spirited girl I’ve ever met. I feel blessed to have not only been coworkers with her, but to quickly become friends. She made us all smile just as hers would light up the room. Her laugh could only make you laugh just as hard with her. Her beautiful, angelic voice that was always singing, that couldn’t help but make all who heard her be mesmerized by her talent that she was so humble about. Her zest for life and passion that she gave from her heart was felt by us all. She was wise beyond her years and had such an old soul that enabled her to see things in a different light, ways that we all could benefit from. Her uniqueness was definitely one of a kind and made her seem like she was from out of this world. Although we all have sadness and heartbreak that she is no longer with us in body, there is no doubt that with her being as intensely passionate about life, her positive outlook she had and her overall beauty that is beyond words, that she will shine down on us all. She will be smiling that beautiful smile, laughing her one of a kind laugh with us, singing with the voice of an angel and dancing like no one is watching. Rest easy sweet girl and know you will always be a part of all of us and you will forever hold a special place in my heart.
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Joyce JJ Johnson

Posted at 10:20am
Thank you Haley for sharing your very large spirit with us, your music that expressed your deepest thoughts and perspectives as you saw them. Thank you for your gift of dance...I loved watching you jive. You made me feel young and brought back sweet memories of my own life. Your legacy of music has been recorded and left with us. You've been called home at a very young age, a bit of a shock for many of us, just grateful I was a short part of your life journey. May you keep moving forward, to be the brightest star in those heavens...Prayers for all your family and friends who will one day join those Heavenly places. I can just imagine the music your are making now...You go, Haley!
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