Matt Morrill, Cheri and Steve Stanton, and Stephanie and Dave Morrill: Family’s statement
June 27, 2010
Jenna had a smile for everyone. No one was left out of her world. She inspired, encouraged and gathered people together. Jenna had the ability to make everyone feel special. Needless to say, we will miss Jenna for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, nothing can bring her back. But, if any good can come of this tragedy, it is that people have the ability to save the life of someone they love.
We all bear the burden of personal responsibility for the things we do. Living in a remote mountain environment necessitates making the choice to drive in harsh conditions. If you make the choice to do so, be equipped to deal with the possible dangers of disparate driving conditions. Understand how to maintain your vehicle; be aware of changing road conditions and how to operate your vehicle under these conditions; make sure you have proper tread on your tires. These are just a few of the many ways you can be prepared to alleviate the inherent risks of driving Colorado's mountain roads. Ultimately, the responsibility of maintaining your car is yours, and yours alone. Understand the consequences of choosing to overlook these important facts.
Jenna loved Steamboat Springs. She had a deep commitment to her profession, assisting children with special needs. Jenna was passionate about so many things: her friends, her family, her husband, her job and her hobbies. People like Jenna don't come along every day; she was truly unique. Jenna was an integral part of this town in so many ways. That fact is obvious by the amount of support that we have received from the community over the past four months. Jenna's family would like to acknowledge the outpouring of support from the community of Steamboat Springs. The list is simply too long to recognize individually, but know that your sincere efforts and compassion are so very appreciated. Without the help of all of you, this certainly would be impossible.
Thank you, and as Jenna would say: "Explore your world with arms open."
Cheri and Steve Stanton
Stephanie and Dave Morrill
Idaho Falls, Idaho