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Cambrie loved everything to do with art and pottery club. She filled hundreds of sketch pads with her drawings, doodles, poems, songs, and art. She was a passionate equestrian and had a natural ability to connect with horses. Cambrie began riding lessons at the age of 10. She and her mom shared endless days with her horse/best friend Rio (Quiet Riot) at Rose Ranch Stables, and she competed in horse shows as a member of the Utah Hunter Jumper Association. She loved car rides, traveling all over the U.S. with her dad, playing games, laughing with family and friends, and hour-long showers where she sung for the world to hear. Cambrie had a very close and unique relationship with her brother, Chase. She had so many friends of all ages and loved them all unconditionally.
We adopted Cambrie as a baby. She reached out to her birth mother several years ago and, soon after, reached out to her birth father as well. Cambrie was the glue that put everything together and made everybody feel comfortable and accepted… she brought all of our families together. She attended Riverton High School for most of high school but during her senior year, she was blessed to live with her birth mother and family in Tooele, where she graduated from Stansbury High School.
After Cambrie moved back home, she worked at AA Callisters in the Tack Department and loved being a part-time nanny for “her boys.” She was looking forward to spring semester at Salt Lake Community College and her future with her boyfriend, Nick. Her dream was to become a psychologist, using horses to help troubled kids.
But everything changed on November 9, 2014. Cambrie and her boyfriend were in a crash on their way to a friend’s mission farewell. She was sitting in the front passenger seat and took the full force of the crash. Cambrie was killed instantly.
Always cherish those who you love and remember that relationships with a loved one can change in an instant. We would have given almost anything to tell Cambrie goodbye or to give her one last hug. She was so full of life! Her death has left such a big empty place in our lives and our hearts.
Ironically, Cambrie and her mom attended the Zero Fatalities presentation along with her driver education class at Riverton High School in 2011. We are so thankful for this project and hope it will help people just take a second or two more to check both ways.