Vanessa Catherine Quinn
February 8th, 1978 – February 12th, 2007
On February 12th, 2007 just 4 days after Vanessa’s 29th birthday a gunman walked into Trolley Square mall in Utah and took Vanessa’s Life and 5 other Victims with her that night, leaving numerous others wounded, in just 6 minutes our lives were changed forever.
Vanessa was a peaceful person; she was kind, fun - loving, adventuresome and athletic, she ran track and played soccer for Oak Hills High School and graduated with the class of “96”. She continued to play soccer and advance her education at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated with a degree in Human Resources, Vanessa was hired by the 2002 Winter Olympics’ in Utah, after the Olympics’ she worked for Overstock.com as a Supervisor, She fell in love with the State and her husband Rich. Vanessa was never a spectator in life, she loved living life.
While Vanessa’s family is still struggling with this senseless act of violence and the tremendous loss of Vanessa, They started a scholarship fund in Vanessa’s memory. These scholarships will benefit students from her high school seeking a higher education.
POEM: I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend, He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end, He noted that first came the date of her Birth and spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all was the Dash between those years, for that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own; the cars, the house, the cash, what matters are how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard, are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel, and be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more, and love the people in our lives, like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?