Teen dies following LDS girls camp hike

by | Jun. 30, 2010

News from Utah

A 17-year-old Holladay girl collapsed and died following a hike at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints girls camp Monday afternoon. Now a community is grieving the loss of a talented musician and caring friend.

According to those who knew her, Sophie Barton had a lot going for her. As a musician, she had written more than 25 original songs and performed many of them on local television stations. She was also well-liked and well-respected, as evidenced by the number of people who attended a Tuesday night fireside in her honor.

Barton often performed alongside her sister Tessa. According to the bishop of her ward, she had plans to go even farther.

"I think she was very interested in pursuing a musical career and performing as much as possible," Bishop Scott Wilmarth said.

But late Monday afternoon, while at Heber Valley Girls Camp in Wasatch County, Barton collapsed while hiking alongside her mom and other girls from the Holladay 25th Ward. In and out of consciousness, she was taken to the Heber Valley Medical Center, where she died a few hours later.

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