Reno Mahe family announces public memorial service for 3-year-old Elsie

Posted at 5:48 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 19:52:01-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A public memorial service for 3-year-old Elsie Mahe, the daughter of BYU running backs coach and former NFL player Reno Mahe, will be held Friday night in downtown Salt Lake City.

According to an update from a family spokesman, the public service will be at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple, in room 155 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 9.

Free parking will be available in the west convention center lot across from the Vivint Smart Home Arena, the update states. The family stated the release of information was delayed as they searched for a location that would allow them to accommodate as many people as possible.

“This is such an answer to our prayers and I believe Elsie would be really happy about this,” family spokesman Jeremy Roberts stated. “Please don’t feel the need to stay away. We will have our private services on Saturday, but we have felt so blessed and upheld by your kind words and shared faith. We want to offer you some closure as you have been mourning along with us.”

Elsie Mahe died in the hospital after she was injured in an accident at her family’s home. The community came forward with an outpouring of support.

The Mahe family ultimately decided to donate Elsie’s organs, saying they see her ability to heal other lives as a miracle, even if it isn’t the miracle they had hoped for at the start.