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. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday to the angel Angel. I miss her everyday, I was walking in the snow today and thought of here.

  2. A Portland girl says:

    I don't know you, but I drive past the memorial at the dealership often. I hope your family has found peace knowing you're in God's hands now.

  3. dianne mullins says:

    Dear family of Makayla,
    So very sorry for the tragic loss of your precious daughter. I would like to share something I have personally found to be very comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 and also Revelation 21:3-5.: " With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
    These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones, as well as do away with all of the many causes we have for suffering, including sickness, pain & death. Knowing this has always brought me a measure of comfort. I hope that these thoughts from the Bible will likewise comfort your family and ease some of your great pain during this most difficult time .

  4. Steve and Sharon Chapman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you if there is anything Steve and I can do to help please let us know. God Bless.

  5. Michael and Shamroque Hill says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family. We are here for you.

  6. David Cleland says:

    My condolences to your family brother. You are family, and we are only a call away

  7. Joyce says:

    I never met Makayla but I was saddened to read about her life being over so soon. My heart goes out to her parents especially. I lost two children of my own so I can empathize with your pain.
    What comforted me was God’s promise of a resurrection to endless life here on a paradise earth soon to come. John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:9-11; Revelation 21:3,4

  8. Sarah Lenon says:

    I don't know Makayla but I want to share my condolences with her family. She sounds like a very sweet and uplifting girl. Just know she is looking down on you with big smiles and lots of love and know that she is always right beside you whether you know it or not. ❤️

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