Ashleigh Cox blog
BYU student Ashleigh Nicole Cox, 21, spent last summer in Romania caring for children in hospitals and orphanages. She died Sunday of injuries she received when she was buried in an avalanche Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in American Fork Canyon.

PROVO — Ashleigh Cox loved a good adventure.

"She was always up for anything you had in mind. If it was going snowshoeing or just going for a walk or doing just absolutely anything, she was up for it," said her friend Elizabeth Kent.

Kent was among many friends and family members mourning Cox's death over the weekend.

Cox, 21, was snowshoeing with friends in a steep gully near the Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Saturday when she was swept away by a small avalanche that left her buried and face down in a stream. She was taken off life support on Sunday.

Cox is originally from Colorado Springs. On Monday, her parents released a statement about her.

"It has been difficult for us to handle the sudden loss of our daughter. Our faith in God has and will continue to help us through this difficult time. She will be missed," the family wrote. "Ashleigh planned to graduate from BYU this spring and wanted to further her education in social work. She loved to work with those struggling with life’s challenges and dedicated her short life to serving others."

Kent said Cox went to Romania last summer to help the orphanages there.

"She was just very pure hearted. She was just the type of person who you wanted to be her friend because you knew she would be there for you and she wouldn't let you down," she said. "She was one of the best people I have ever met in my life."

Cox wrote about her Romanian experience in a blog.

"Some of the differences are simply the smiles and laughter of the children who wouldn’t change their facial expressions no matter how much I would try to coax them during the first few weeks — the children who didn’t want to be touched that now cuddle up with me,” Cox wrote. "This experience has truly changed me, and I will never forget these children and the tremendous impact they have had on my life. I love them.”

A funeral for Cox will be held Saturday in Colorado Springs. A memorial service will also be held in Provo on Feb. 18.

"We appreciate the love and concern expressed by family, friends, acquaintances and the community at BYU and in Colorado Springs for the loss of our daughter," he family wrote.

A Pledgie account has been set up in Ashleigh's name to help offset expenses incurred by the family.

The slide in American Fork was one of more than two dozen recorded statewide by the Utah Avalanche Center on Saturday.

On Sunday, an avalanche killed Clint Conover, 36, of Ferron, Emery County, while he was snowmobiling near Huntington Reservoir.


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