July 23,1961 ~ March 6, 2014|
Lexi passed away at home in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 6, after a long, hard-fought battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She entered the world 52 years earlier on July 23,1961, the fifth of eight children born to Frederick and Yvonne Hiss of Tooele, Utah. Lexi's hallmark creativity and leadership were apparent in childhood as she organized games and staged theatrical performances for the neighborhood. She thrived in school and excelled in a variety of activities from theater to music to sports of all kinds. She graduated Tooele High as a student body officer and Sterling Scholar. As an adult, she worked hard and excelled in her career as computer network systems expert and trainer for Novell, until her medical retirement in 1997. Lexi loved the world and immersed herself in it. While health permitted, she was active outdoors and in sports. She loved her guitar and was a talented songwriter, especially known for writing heart-felt lyrics. Over the years, she volunteered in several capacities, including American Sign Language teacher, Special Olympics coach and Girl Scout troop leader. She loved movies, plays, and music, and was a formidable pop-culture trivia expert. Most of all, Lexi loved people. She had a kind heart and generous spirit. She delighted in the accomplishments of others and freely gave of herself. As a result, she was much beloved. By the family she adored. By the large circle of long-time friends she cherished. And by strangers who would inevitably become friends.
Lexi is survived by her parents, brother, six sisters, and 26 nieces and nephews (plus numerous "greats") who all "look just like their Aunt Lex."
The family would like to thank Lexi's CNA, Cheryl Banks, as well as Kim, Kelly and the many other nurses and aides from Canyon Home Health and Hospice for their loving care during the final years of life.
Memorial services are Friday, March 14 at the Tate Mortuary 110 S. Main Tooele, UT. In lieu of viewing, an open "memory sharing" is scheduled from 11:00am-12:30pm at the mortuary. Attendees are welcome to take the microphone and share a brief thought, memory, song or reading to honor Lexi's life, or just stop in to listen and see friends and family. The funeral will be held from 1:00pm -2:00pm in the chapel. Interment will be at the Tooele City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be made to the Girl Scouts or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 12, 2014