In memory of

Makayla Tryon

Jan 8, 2001
Jun 2, 2019


Makayla Tryon, 18 years of age, died on June 2, 2019, with two of her girlfriends as a result of a drunk driver. She had been spending her evening with friends and they were on a snack run when their vehicle was struck.

Makayla, daughter of Jenny and Kyle, and sister to Nathan and Andrew, was born in Salem OR and spent her life here, attending school and getting a GED in 2017. She had been working at Panera Bread for a number of years.

As a very young child, she loved dressing up and choosing her own lovely combination of clothing to wear. Makayla loved animals. She enjoyed taking care of and spending time with her bunny rabbit, dog and two kitties. Throughout her years, she spent time creating in a variety of ways; for example, delightful very small clay objects, sketching, journaling.

Makayla enjoyed spending time with family and friends, joking and laughing. Reading was important to her, as well as watching TV and movies, and listening to music. Chatting with friends on her phone, taking pictures and watching videos were favorite past times for her. Her favorite shopping spots included Value Village and Goodwill plus other stores, always looking for a good deal to be had.

A good drink from Dutch Brothers added to her joy, as well as some tasty sushi. When the occasion arose, her eyes would sparkle as she gave gifts to others.

Makayla was just beginning to live her life when she was so tragically taken from us. While these words are not her words and have been borrowed, they speak to our broken hearts and our experience of loss: “Do not shed tears when I have gone but smile instead because I have lived. Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I’ll come back but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.”

Service Information

Celebration of Life
Saturday June 8, 2019 4pm
Johnson Funeral Home
134 Missouri Ave S Salem, OR 97302

Celebration of Life
In honor of Madison, Makayla, and Trinity
Monday June 17, 2019 @ 6pm
East Salem Community Center
1850 45th Ave NE, Salem, OR 97305

Messages of Sympathy

  1. A. Wheeler says:

    I haven’t stopped thinking about you and your family. No words.


    A. Wheeler

  2. Ginger Hollenebeck says:

    My heart sank for you when I heard you lost your daughter. There will not be a day that goes by that her spirit walks with your heart. Love to your and your family.

  3. Dael says:

    Makayla is a treasure in my heart. Her lovely, sweet nature was a gift for those of us who knew her. My arms are around you, as you are saying goodbye and feeling the deep pain of her loss.
    She was a true beautiful soul.
    Love you

  4. Shelonda Brown says:

    Kyle my heart go out to you and your family. Prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  5. Kaye Gill says:

    Dear Shari,
    What a tragic event. All for wanting a late snack! I am so sorry to learn that you lost your niece and she was so young! May God's blessings go with all the families and yours too! With Love, Aunt Kaye and family

  6. Anonymous says:

    We are neighbors of McKayla’s Lassiter grandparents, and feel so sad to hear of this terrible tragedy. Drunk drivers have no business on the road! So many lives taken and your McKayla & her beautiful young friends...heart-breaking Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Lowell & Chris McDaniel

  7. Anonymous says:

    Makayla was one of the most powerful and unique people i had the honor of spending a part of my life with. I will forever miss her. My heart goes out to the Tryon family

  8. Mindy and Randy Pries says:

    Our hearts ache with you. Deepest condolences.

  9. Nurse Pam says:

    Praying for you and your family. My heart aches for your loss. May many wonderful memories hold you and your family through this difficult time.

  10. Logan Lor says:

    I can't begin to even see myself in your shoes and all the emotions that is running through mind. Words cannot define and justify the emotional trauma of your experience. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

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