Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape
the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present
world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth."
-- Joseph Smith
So it was with our precious Brooklyn Renae Mansfield. With
deep sadness over her passing, we relinquish our lovely
baby to the arms of her Heavenly Parents. With courage and
faith, we exchange our earthly minutes with her today for
eons of future laughter and love.
Brooklyn was born on June 14, 2014, to Layton and Shaina
Mansfield of Orem. Her short life has been rich in love.
Her mommy loved holding her and "spoiling" her,
and when her daddy was home from work, she was never far
from his arms. Brooklyn was bathed in love and caring, even
dancing with her parents on the night before her unexpected
passing. Brooklyn loved being outdoors, and her little family
spent much time exploring. Not a moment was wasted. No opportunity
Our angel Brooklyn knew she was adored. In return, she
smiled and smiled and smiled. She smiled for her mommy in
the morning and for her daddy after work. She smiled for
her grandparents, cousins, and uncles and aunts. And she
even smiled for her favorite toy monkeys. Her smile was
her way of saying, "I am so happy," "Thank
you for taking such good care of me," and especially
"I love you!"
Brooklyn, your short life has changed us. Because of your
beauty and cheer, we are striving for deeper beauty within
ourselves and greater cheer to share. Because of your gentle
power and lively happiness, we are striving for the power
to heal, the power to trust, and the power to believe in
future happiness, not just in heaven but also on earth.
And because of your ever present smile, we are striving
for the courage to smile again. And again. And again. That
way, the legacy of light you brought to us during your radiant
3 months can shine on through us and bring light to everyone
and anyone who needs it.
Brooklyn Renae Mansfield passed away of SIDS on Thursday,
September 18, 2014. She is survived by her parents Layton
Bruce and Shaina Renae Gunnell Mansfield, and by her grandparents
Martin and Thalia Mansfield of Lehi, and Brent and JeNeale
Gunnell of Caldwell, ID. She will be missed by her aunts,
uncles, and great-grandparents, and by her cousins Tenley
Gunnell, Maddox Frazee, and Trey, Trenton, Taft, Corban,
Audrey, and Evelyn Mansfield
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 22, 2014,
at 11:00 am at the Lehi West Stake Center Chapel, 1920 North
500 West, Lehi. Interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery.