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. Warren Gould says:

    Know that all of your family and friends are here and we will help you through this.

  2. Bill & Heidi Sickendick says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful young soul, we are always here if there is anything we can do to.

  3. Jimmy Guzman says:

    My condolences to the Tryon family, it is a terrible tragedy, my prayers are with you in this time of need.....

  4. Irene Sexton says:

    So sorry for your loss. Her memory will always be tucked safely in your heart

  5. John Hooper. says:

    My condolences to the Tryon family.

  6. Elliott Trimble says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I am here to support you in any way I can.

  7. Pamella Ann Doerksen says:

    I will think about Makayla every time I go to a Panera. She served us there the last time I saw her and reminded me that she would see me Christmas Eve since she has been at my house most years since 2009 for our open house. Such a beautiful girl lost to us too soon.

  8. Yvonne Williams says:

    My prayers are with your family during this difficult time. The loss of a child is like no other grief.

  9. Sandi King says:

    Though our families have drifted as we each have grown older, our children grow up & marry and then beautiful grand children - know that you have never drifted from my heart. My heart breaks for your loss ...

  10. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    We mourn as a community together this tragic loss. Makayla's memory will live on through all those who remember her. Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with her arrangements.

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