Erica Trudy Knell |

Erica Trudy Knell

Erica Trudy Knell, age 17, passed away Friday, September 5 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Erica was born November 26, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Hong Kong, China. She was an international girl, spending most of her young years traveling the world with her family. She trekked in Nepal, searched for antiques in China, went on safari in Africa, climbed the pyramids in Egypt, pondered in the Garden of Gethsemane, wondered at the Sistine Chapel, and hiked the hills of Park City. Most recently, her favorite spot was Lake Powell, which she visited annually with her family and Hong Kong friends.

Erica was a beautiful, active girl. She was full of energy and spirit. She loved to dance and was a member of the Park City High School dance team. She was a gifted gymnast and was twice the Hong Kong all-around champion. She trained with the Chinese national gymnastics team and regularly attended training in Guangzhou and Beijing, China. Later, she took up free-style aerials. She loved to fly and flip and spin through the air, and was a national team hopeful this year.

Erica was a bright student and graduated from high school in 3 years. She had just begun her studies at the University of Utah.

She was cheerful and loving, and always the first to greet you with a hug and tell you that she loved you. Erica loved all types of people she never judged and had recently overcome some big challenges herself and grown into a mature, sensitive young woman. She appreciated life’s struggles at a very early age.

Survived by her parents, Dave and Ellen Knell; two sisters, Jamie and Emily; grandparents, Jim and Shirlee Knell and Trudy Shipley, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends. Preceeded in death by her grandfather Keith Shipley.

Erica, you are too young, vibrant and beautiful to leave us. We will miss you more than you know. We will see you in every sunset and every clear day. You were a splash of color and a flash of brilliance not destined to stay long with us, and have gone to light up a better place with your Heavenly Father.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday September 10, 2008, 3:00PM at the Park City Stake Center, 2300 Monitor Drive, Park City, Utah, where friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening September 9 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and also on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 2:30pm prior to services. Interment and Dedication of the grave will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park at 6:30pm. On line condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, our family encourages donations in Erica’s name to assist refugees in the Salt Lake area through the Salt Lake County Action (SLCAP) Program/Hartland Fund, 764 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101, Telephone (801) 354-2444.

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