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In Honor of Madalyn – Jubilee of Trees

Cari Doutre

Leader Staff Writer

The holiday season is always a tough time of year for Terra Johnsen Bell.

In 2008 she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Madalyn but their time together was short. Shortly after Madalyn was born Terra was told Madalyn wouldn’t live more than a week. She suffered from a life threatening illness that caused seizures in her small body. The doctors were never able to diagnose Madalyn. But instead of just one week with Madalyn, Terra got five and half months with her baby girl.

When Madalyn passed away in April of 2009 it was heartbreaking for Terra. Terra found out she was pregnant again when Madalyn was just three months old but even with one child facing the end of her life, Terra was blessed with another baby girl, Marlee who is now three years old.

“Whenever Marlee sees a grave she says, ‘There’s sissy!’” Said Terra. It’s been difficult to explain to her young daughter about a sister she didn’t get to meet. Even with the difficulties of having to celebrate Madalyn’s birthday in November and continue on with celebrating holidays for Marlee, Terra does something even more to celebrate the short life of Madalyn.

To view Madalyn’s tree and the many, many others this year, the Jubilee of Trees will be held Nov. 13-16 at the Box Elder County fairgrounds auction building, 1000 W. 320 N. in Tremonton. A kickoff holiday dinner will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for that dinner will be $25 per person and need to be purchased by Nov. 8. For more information contact Mary with the Bear River Valley Hospital Foundation at (435) 207-4702.

After the trees are displayed, a silent auction will be held on Nov. 14-16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bids will close on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and trees will be delivered the following day.

This year the event will feature an early visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Wed., Nov. 14, Fri., Nov. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov., 17 from noon to 1 p.m. 4×6 pictures will be available to purchase for $1.

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