Makenna Elaine Roberts returned home to her Heavenly Father on June 1, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 28, 2003, in Tooele, Utah. She is the beautiful daughter of Don and Shelli Roberts and a loving sister to Jason, Brooklyn, Savannah and Boston. She was born 11 days before her “twin cousin” Austin Weight. Makenna was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 14 and fought like a warrior for two long years. She was a champion in everything she did and her story has impacted the lives of thousands of people around the world as they followed her battle.
Although Makenna was the middle child, she was always the “little mother” to her younger siblings and cousins. She loved to play soccer and even had the opportunity to play with TC United and Elite competition soccer organizations. She was a huge fan of the Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC, who were always sending special visitors to brighten her day and send her words of encouragement. Family trips were the highlight of her life. Disneyland, Alaska, Yellowstone, and Kauai were her “heaven on earth.” Makenna enjoyed life to the fullest and loved camping with Grandma and Grandpa and riding ATV’s with all of her family. She especially loved speed and jumping her Jeep. Makenna loved Jeeps; she spent many hours in “Rufus,” the white Jeep that was donated to her by an anonymous angel family. They made her wish come true on her 16th birthday and from that day on she was a member of the Jeep Community. The Jeep Community spent countless hours loving Makenna through Jeep rallies, parades, and fundraisers. Makenna’s favorite band was Imagine Dragons and she loved to blast “West Coast” while driving her Jeep. She got to meet the band members and attend several concerts. They provided so much support to Makenna through the Tyler Robinson Foundation. There were so many people who supported Makenna and her family through her journey including the Hayes Tough Foundation, Nixon Strong, Millie’s Princess Foundation, the Tooele 911 Superbowl sponsored by Mountain West Medical Center, first responders throughout Tooele County, and countless others. Makenna got to cross many items off her bucket list thanks to the generosity of so many people. Our greatest source of comfort, support, and advice came from a special warrior cancer mom support group.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Medical Center for the incredible care provided to Makenna and the entire family; a very special thanks to Dr. Fair, Dr. Poppe and Mak’s angel nurse Melanie.
A viewing will be held Friday, June 5, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele. A brief viewing will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9:30 to 10:30 a,m., at Tate Mortuary. Graveside services to be held at Tooele City Cemetery on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 11 a.m. and will also be recorded and made available on the Miracle for Makenna Facebook page. The procession to the cemetery will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. from Tate Mortuary to Tooele City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Tyler Robinson Foundation (www.trf.org) or Millie’s Princess Foundation (www.milliespf.org), Hayes Tough Foundation (www.hayestough.org) or the Nixon Strong Foundation (www.nixonstrongfoundation.org).
Makenna is survived by her parents and siblings and her precious dog Lucy; grandparents Tyler and Mayor Debbie Winn (Tooele), Pamula Brunson (Tooele), and Mel and Gwen Roberts (Tooele); great-grandmother Ella Rae Hayes (Tooele) and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins.
“Her poor little body was just worn out. It just wouldn’t let her do all the things she wanted to, so she went on to a place where she could be a guardian angel. She will always be young; she will always be beautiful. And I personally feel much safer knowin’ that she’s up there on my side” – Steel Magnolias