Erica Trudy Knell
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Erica Trudy Knell 1990 ~ 2008 Erica Trudy Knell, age 17, passed away Friday, Sept. 5th 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 three 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. Preceded 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 Wed., Sept. 10, 2008, 3 p.m. at the Park City Stake Center, 2300 Monitor Drive, Park City, Utah, where friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and also on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to services. Interment and dedication of the grave will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park at 6:30 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.holbrookmortuary.com 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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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Sep. 7 to Sep. 8, 2008.
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November 13, 2009
Oh my god I don't even know what to say..... Much love and prayers to the Knell family, I'm so glad I had a chance to meet and interact with such a wondeful person, Erica rest in peace love !!!
Kailee Krol
October 9, 2008
I'm truely sorry. My thoughts and prayers and with you. She was a star in this lifetime and will continue to shine above us for eternity.
Jena Ward
September 19, 2008
Dear David and Ellen,
We are so sorry for you loss. We never had the pleasure of meeting
Erica but she is beautiful. Please know that our thoughts and hearts are with you during this time.
Love,
Marianne & Jeff Brazell and family
Marianne Brazell
September 17, 2008
I don't even know where to begin with how deeply sorry I am for you guys. Erica made me a better person for the short time I knew her. She brought up everyone's spirit that she came in contact with. She had so many talents and was so smart. My condolences go out to all of your family she won't be forgotten.
Nick Storey
September 16, 2008
Knell Family,
My family and I pray our Dear Lord to make you feel supported by family, friends, co-workers and students and everysingle Angel here on earth and Heaven.
Remember that your Lovely daughter will always be in your heart, right next to you whenever you feel lonely or sad, just close your eyes and call her name.
I lost a my Baby 8 years ago at that time I did not understand the kind words of people aroun me but now I can tell you that they were right, My baby is with me.
God bless you and your Family.
Jessica Corro
September 16, 2008
I know this must be a very painful time for you...May the Lord give you comfort, and may time heal your sorrow...I´ll be praying for you and your family...
Maria Isabel Diaz
September 16, 2008
Dear Ellen :
I have no words to express my sorrow for your loss.
May the Lord give you and your family the stregth you need. I'm a Peruvian teacher who had the pleasure to be your student last Summer 2006 at Utah University .That gave me memories I will always keep in my mind and heart. Be sure you''ll be in my prayers
Liliana Granda
September 16, 2008
Dear Ellen,
I'm just a drop in the ocean who grieves the death of your daughter. Ever before I saw Erika's picture I knew what she looked like and what kind of person she was. Our Heavenly father gets lonely and needs people like Erika to keep him happy. She will dance and sing for him and her laughter will fill heaven.
Your friend forever
Helen Kelly from Lima, Peru.
Helen Kelly de Pando
September 15, 2008
Dear Ellen, Dave, Jamie, and Emily--
I've been lucky to know you as a family in various contexts, and I just want you to know that it greatens the impact of such a loss to know that such lovely people are in sorrow. Our hearts just ache for you, and you are all in our prayers.
Kristen (Schaub) Lindahl
September 15, 2008
We are such stuff as dreams as made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
September 13, 2008
Knell Family,
I didnt know your daughter, but after reading about her, I found out that she was a remarkable person. She had a lot going for her. I was there at the accident site, and I aided in the first aid that was rendered to Erica. May the Lord comfort you in your time of loss, but may you be comforted knowing that Erica is in a better place.
September 13, 2008
Dear Ellen,
I've only just met you and yet you have so warmly welcomed me to Salt Lake City and the U. My heart goes out to you and your family now at this terribly difficult time. May your faith and your love for one another sustain you.
Kris Hiller
September 13, 2008
Dear Ellen and family,

I am very saddened to hear about your tragic loss. My deepest condolences to you. May God give you strength and hope in these difficult times.

Alex
Alex Zaba
September 13, 2008
Dear Knell Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We have prayed that you are being comforted during this very hard time that you are forced to
endure.


We do not know your family but have been inundated with calls because we have the same last name. We think we are probably related and come from the Benjamin James Knell family thru James Green Knell.

Our little line alone through Lee and Jewell Knell have over 100 relatives (my husband is one of ten children). The majority of us live in the Provo/Orem. We read Erica's obituary and immediately loved her.

Life is so difficult at times and it is during those times that we realize that the great plan of salvation is really true and that we really are all family. We hope that you feel loved by your friends and family and know we consider you ours too.

Allie and Roger Knell
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Allie and Roger Knell
September 11, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Erica, but I went to high school with her older sister, Jamie, who was always so sweet, complete with a constant smile on her face. Sounds like Erica was the same way. Our mutual friends have been telling me all week about her endless beauty and talents and it truly sounds like the world will not be the same without her. Erica, her family, and friends are in my thoughts.
Beth Brown
September 11, 2008
Dear Knell Family,
I'm am so sorry for your loss. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to know Erica for the time that I did. She was one of my inmate baby sisters in Lifeline, she came in a little before me and there was a group of us we called inmate babies. I loved Erica so much she was so talented and always one of those people I noticed appreciated the beautiful things about life. She helped me so much in Lifeline and was always one of the more stubborn and determined girls and i loved that about her. I'm truly sorry for your loss and I do want you to know she was truly one of the people who changed my life and for that I will always be grateful.
Lots of love,
Alyson Storey
Alyson Storey
September 11, 2008
Dear Dave, Ellen, Jaime, and Emily, We were all so shocked and saddened when Jordan discovered on facebook that Erica had tragically died. We have many fond memories of that little girl in Hong Kong living as our neighbors at Burnside. Jordan and Emily were best of friends so we saw a lot of your wonderful family and consider all of you as our Hong Kong family. Erica always was dressed in her pink ballet or gymnastic clothes and hanging upside down at the playground. We also remember how much she loved Ariel in the Little Mermaid and would flop around in the babypool and sing her songs. Please know we always think of you and now with lots of love and prayers coming your way to help you at this difficult time.
Much love and fond memories,
Dan and Susan Krouse with Jacob, Jordan, William and Daniel from Overland Park Kansas.
Susan Krouse
September 11, 2008
Knell Family - We are deeply saddened by your loss. We remember Erica as a sweet, outgoing, loving individual. What a loss for your family and the rest of us as well. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Laurie, Nick, and Alyson Storey
Laurie Storey
September 10, 2008
Dear Shipley Family:

While I didn't know your beautiful daughter/granddaughter/niece, my heart goes out to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers -- Erica seemed like such an amazing spirit. May God's grace comfort you and lift you up during this time. With love,

Your friend from the old Fortuna neighborhood,
Suzanne Johnson-Winchester
September 10, 2008
Dear Ellen and Family,
please accept my deepest sympathies.
I have been thinking of you a lot these past few days and wish you all the strength in the world.
Eleonore Lemmerich
September 10, 2008
Dave, Ellen, and girls:

Sorry to hear about your loss- what a beautiful and talented young daughter- a model for all young women. May God be with you during this time and may you rejoice in the hope of an eternal family. I hope that my own 2 daughters will enjoy and experience life as Erica did. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tyler DeWaal
September 10, 2008
Dave, Ellen and family,
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I pray for the void that is in your hearts, that the Lord will restore and heal the emptiness. In remembering the joys you all shared, the times spent together and the laughter, you will be woven together in support and in strength, drawing from one another and giving to the other. You will continue to be in my heart and prayers. May the Lord give you peace and comfort through these days. May you find Him to be your sanctuary. With love and hope, Jerrie Marty (LifeLine)
Jerrie Marty
September 10, 2008
My daughter Aley Sheranian worked with Erica at Adolf's restaraunt in Park City UT...She always liked Erica, and enjoyed working with her. We will miss her smiling face when we go into Adolf's for dinner. My God bless your family, and may Erica be surrounded by Angels.
Sincerely, Dana & Tom Bachtell
Dana & Tom Bachtell
September 10, 2008
I just heard about Erica and wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. May time bring you peace and may her memory give you comfort.
Diane Cotsonas
September 10, 2008
Dear Knell family,
I had the opportunity to meet your daughter in life line. She had a good soul and was always very kind. I am very sorry for your loss my heart goes out to ya'll.
Chandler Nordmeyer
September 10, 2008
We are friends of Scott and Jacque Knell and were sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Laura & Craig Williams
September 10, 2008
Dear Dave, Ellen and family
I can't express how sorry I am for such a great loss. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the void you now feel will be filled with the wonderful memories of the times you all shared, of the joys that are forever engraved in your hearts and minds, and the lives that have been touched. May the peace of the Lord be with you. Love, Jerrie Marty (LifeLine)
Jerrie Marty
September 10, 2008
Knell family:

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Spencer and I both knew Erica when she was with us in Lifeline. We were so glad to have known her. She was so sweet. We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Our prayers are with you.

-Spencer and Alex Gee
Alex Simpson-Gee
September 10, 2008
Erica you are a beautiful, warm and talented young woman. We are all so sad to lose you. Your spirit has affected us all. Heavenly Father must have needed you really badly and we know we will see you dance again.
Alison Strauss
September 10, 2008
The last picture I have of Erica was seeing her and Nicco getting of the school bus while chatting. I thought what a beautifull and talented young woman she was and how she had grown. It is a picture I will hold. We will miss her and are praying for her family, comforting ourselves that she is in a better place and our Heavenly Father.
Alison Strauss
September 9, 2008
Dear Dave, Ellen & Family,
Many years have passed but Dave and I have crossed paths through various sporting activites. I would inquire about his family and he would be so happy to talk about them. Dave when I was 18 I lost my brother at age 19. A very young age. I have since had a most wonderful and spiritual expeirience with him personally in the Salt Lake Temple that I would love to share with your family at the appropriate time. I know that our Savior lives and I know that Erica does. May our Father in Heavens choicest blessings of comfort be with you and your family at this time. My heart is full of sorrow for your loss but is full of joy for those who she is now sharing her talents with in Heaven. Your friend always. Rob Olson
Rob Olson
September 9, 2008
Words seem empty at a time like this, but please know of our love for all the Shipley family. We are thinking of you and pray for your comfort and peace. Jon and Kaye Johnson and family
Kaye Johnson
September 9, 2008
Dear Knell Family,
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to your entire family for the loss of your sweet daughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wade & Ali Wilkinson
September 9, 2008
I wanted you to know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Erica was an amazing girl with so many talents. She touched many lives and was leader in so many ways. My life has truely been blessed knowing her and your family. With all my love,
Jaime Palmer
Jaime Palmer
September 9, 2008
Dear Knell family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am Morgane's sister and only knew Erica through their amazing friendship founded at the HKIS Upper Primary School gym of Gym Danny. Even though it has been quite a while since those days in Hong Kong, those memories are still very strong for my family, especially Erica's energy, beauty and talent. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Yaya Chang
September 9, 2008
Dear Knell family:
I am so sorry to hear about Erica. I can remember her in LifeLine. She was one who really made you look at life and realize what we were all missing out on. I really looked up to her even though she was 3 years younger than me. She was a real strength. She was so beautiful and will be missed by many.
Keri Daniels
September 9, 2008
Dear Knell family,
My daughter sent this extremly sad news to us in AZ just now. We are so very sorry for the loss of this incredibly beautiful daughter and grandaughter. She sounds like a glorious young woman and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. I know there are no words we can say but please know how sorry we are . God bless you all and keep you in His loving arms. We are thinking of you.. Love, Brenda and Warren Woods
Brenda Woods
September 9, 2008
Knell Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Paul Te Prieto
September 9, 2008
My name is Cali and I went to Life Line with Erica. She helped me in so many ways. She helped me see what life is truly about. Her laugh, her smile- everything about her wanted me to be a better person. She was a gorgeous girl. Beautiful. Talented. So kind. I love Erica and all of you very much and I'll be praying for you all. Love Always, Cali Flanery
Cali Flanery
September 9, 2008
Dear Dave and family,

Although I have met none of your family, I have seen your wonderful smile and calm, caring attitude. This beautiful, life-filled daughter of yours and Ellen's, sister of your other lovely daughters, apparently also exuded friendliness, energy and warmth. John and I deeply feel your loss while we also celebrate the years you have shared with her.

Sincerely,
Harriett Morton
September 9, 2008
Dear Ellen and family,

we are truly sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, Erica. We are sending you our warmest thoughts.
Bodil and Odd Bjørnsen
September 9, 2008
Dear Ellen,

My heart goes out to you; I am so deeply sorry for this unimaginable loss of a daughter who blessed so many lives in addition to yours. May comfort envelop you and carry you through to an eventual peace. I will be praying for a very long time that you will receive comfort and strength.
Elizabeth Wilcox
September 9, 2008
Dear Knell Family,
My name is nicole, and i attended lifeline with Erica. Erica was an amazing girl, and she really did touch my life in the time i knew her. She was a very lucky girl to have such an awesome family that cares for her and loves her so much. Good luck to you guys, and once again I'm sorry about your loss. Erica lived a good life.
Nicole Campbell
September 9, 2008
Erica,

You were a joy to share part of this journey with. You were truly an explorer, a seeker. I will miss you.

Uncle Rob
Rob Brazell
September 9, 2008
Dear Erica,
You are a beautiful soul, Fly with the angels as you already have.

Dear Dave and Ellen,
Erica is such a beautiful girl and will be missed by many. Treasure the time you had with her and know she is an angel and she will always watch out for you. God bless...
Karrie
September 8, 2008
Knell family, i had never met Erica, but I was at the scene of her accident. I was headed to the airport to catch a flight, and witnessed this terrible tragedy. I helped sustain her until EMS arrived, I am very sorry to hear of your great loss. Turn to your Heavenly Father and he will help you through this with his love.
Kim
September 8, 2008
I dont know any of your family. I was a part of the communications team that helped at the scene of the accident. I too have lost a child, not as old as Erica, but I am sure just as loved. I know the pain you are feeling and it hurts me that you have to feel it. I was deeply pained the day of the accident and with not knowing Erica, it helped me to read her beautiful obituary, it sounds like she lived a very fulfilled life, and in that, I hope that you may find peace. May you be comforted at this time and in the many hard times that will follow from this loss. Your family is so close to my heart at this time, and in my prayers.
Anonomous
September 8, 2008
Dave and family,

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. I pray that you may find peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Dick Leatham
September 8, 2008
Dear Erica,
Thank you for sharing your life with us. You lived this life to the fullest, experiencing so many things, developing and sharing your many talents with all of us, and radiating such beauty inside and out.
Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are loved.
Love,
Karen, Kendall and Sydney
Karen Marriott
September 8, 2008
I remember the first time i met Erica; thinking she was someone else. I popped beside her saying "hi!" with a sudden embarrassed face realizing it wasn't her. But she didn't snarl at me or give me a mean look, she gracefully smiled and said "hey!" after i apologized about five hundred times. Soon after that, we became friends.

Tears swell in my eyes and pain fills my heart. She will forever live in all of our hearts, and her love of dance will sweep in our feet, giving us the chance to live the dream like she did. Her smile will always show in the bright lights, as her spirit dances beside us.
Elizabeth Braden
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