On Friday, July 15, 2022 at approximately 2:09 PM Violet Irene Hayes-Simone, loving daughter, fiancé, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend, passed away suddenly at the young age of 17. Violet, as a passenger, was traveling home to Utah from Colorado, with her fiancé, Joseph Fearn. Unfortunately, they were involved in an accident due to poor weather conditions. Their vehicle hydroplaned into oncoming traffic which ended in a T-bone collision on SR Highway 6 near Soldier Summit (Wasatch County Utah.) Joseph sustained severe and life threatening injuries and Violet died instantly on impact.
Violet was born on March 4, 2005 in Bountiful, Utah to her mother Sheila Newhall and her father Edward Robert Simone Jr. Those who were there at her birth could instantly tell, from her shining eyes and gentle nature, that this was a girl destined to be loved. To describe Violet is to describe a warm tender soul who cared deeply about her family and friends’ happiness. Her nature, at its core, was kind, energetic, empathetic and affectionate. This is why, typical to her nature, Violet chose to be an organ donor. Now, even after her last breath, Violet has continued to make a difference and to save lives.
Graced with intelligence, many talents, and a quirky sense of humor, she brightened the world around her. This beautiful girl had the soul of a songbird and often performed with a lovely alto voice in school talent shows and in church choirs. Drama and acting were also among Violet’s chief interests and she loved working on movie sets with her mother. Dancing was also something she was very passionate about and she did not shy away from doing it whenever or wherever she wanted. To the surprise and pride of her family, wrestling was also a great talent she possessed. She won many awards in her practice of it against competitors that were mainly boys. She was not someone to be intimidated when it came to competition and she was able to athletically outperform most male teammates in the gym when it came to pushups and in other areas.
For the most part, life with Violet was easy as she was a blessing to whatever home she resided in. Born a social butterfly, with an upbeat positive attitude, it was easy for her to make friends. She had a mother’s nature and effortlessly connected to, and won, the hearts of those she babysat and nannied. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Violet’s faith in the Savior was absolute. There is no doubt that she is dancing, singing and brightening the lives of the souls around her on the other side of the veil. Violet knew that death would lead her to the Savior, and that death was not an end, but a doorway to “better worlds and greater light.” (President Gordon B Hinckley)
Violet was proceeded in death by her father Edward Robert Simone Jr., only two years prior to her own passing. She is survived by her mother Sheila Newhall, Jill Simone (Step-Mother – though Violet would have left off the step part for everyone in her family,) fiancé Joseph Fearn, six siblings, Lily, Brian, Rose, Isaiah, Tyson, and Ray. Violet is also survived by her grandparents: Geraldine Newhall, Raymond Newhall, Pepper Newhall, Cindy Simone, Edward Simone Sr., and John Tirado. Violet is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins who love and miss her dearly.
A Viewing will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday July 30, 2022 at Leavitt’s Mortuary (836 36th St in Ogden, Utah). Violet’s funeral will follow right after, at 2:00 PM, also at Leavitt’s Mortuary in Ogden, Utah.