The heavens rejoiced to receive another angel! Although born in Austin, Texas, Taryn lived most of her life in Arizona and considered it home. Taryn enjoyed life and believed in living it to the fullest. She was a beautiful and incredibly loving person.

Taryn enjoyed spending time with family and friends and thrived at every available opportunity to pick on her brother, Brian, which drove him crazy. She cherished snuggling and wrestling around with Faith and Izzy, her adorable puppies. Their unconditional love provided her with the much needed therapy no human was able to provide.

There probably wasn't a Nora Roberts or JD Robb novel Taryn didn't read. She was an avid movie-goer and enjoyed listening to music. If Taryn wasn't taking pictures, she was busy scrapbooking. When she felt up to it, she would work on her scrapbooks during hospital stays, and at other times she might just watch movies on her laptop.

Taryn was strongly opposed to poaching of tigers and wasn't shy about sharing her feelings. She had quite a remarkable tiger collection. Taryn was instantly comforted when she arrived for her first appointment with Dr. Stephen Anthony, her oncologist at TGen. As she walked in the door, she saw the most beautiful, enormous, stuffed tiger, and immediately wrapped her arms around it and claimed ownership! Taryn took the tiger home that day and thanks to the compassion and generosity of TGen's Physician-In-Chief, Dr. Von Hoff, the tiger was never returned.

When Taryn was first diagnosed, she was determined to beat the cancer. She was too young, newly married and had way too much to live for! She fought a horrendous year long battle with the most admirable courage and spunk while still maintaining the most amazing attitude - especially considering the chemo regimens she had to endure. Taryn's devotion to the Lord, her incredible strength and amazingly positive attitude made her an inspiration to any who knew or came in contact with her. Her beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes will remain engraved in our hearts and memories forever.

In support of Taryn's wish of wanting to help prevent other young women from having to go through the pain and suffering she endured, her tumor tissues were donated to TGen for further research into Small Cell Cancer of the Ovary. We thank God they have been somewhat successful in their harvesting efforts.

And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

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