LDS Young Women President Drowns at Youth Conference

A Young Women leader, Pamela Solomon (54), died at a youth conference following a river rafting accident, the Church confirmed Saturday.

“It’s a tragic event, but she loved so much and gave so much, and she passed serving people that she loved,” Solomon’s son, Mikey Jacobson, told Fox 13 News.

Solomon, from West Jordan, Utah, was rafting with her ward’s youth group down the Snake River in Idaho on Thursday when she fell from the raft.

Wearing her life jacket, Solomon was quickly pulled from the water, but she had already swallowed a lot of water and died shortly after arriving at a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming.

“Sister Solomon was a beloved Young Women’s president and we mourn with her family and the members of her congregation as they face this tragic loss,” Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Solomon’s family with expenses. On the page, her children write:

“Our sweet mother tragically lost her life serving as the Young Women's president in her church on river rafting retreat. She spent her entire life in the service of others and never gave a thought to her own needs. She has not only been the rock of our family but every person she has come in contact with has left with more hope.

"She serves on the chair of the Joyful Welcome Committee, which is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, blankets, and supplies to newborn babies and their mothers. She was an extremely talented photographer who helped thousands of young people find their smile and feel beautiful. For 6 years she battled an auto-immune disease called sarcoidosis. She inspired others with similar illnesses to be strong and have faith."

Lead image from GoFundMe.
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