It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Sunee, who was taken from us far too soon by an aggressive and rare pneumonia. She was born July 29, 1993, in Ogden, Utah to Dr. John R. and Bonnie D. Wood. Sunee truly lived up to her name. She was the brightest light. Her personality, her glow, and especially her love would make others feel noticed and special. She was beautiful inside and out.
Sunee graduated from Weber High School in 2012. She then attended the University of Utah where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and earned a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication. She was a die-hard Ute fan. Sunee loved her career in the restaurant business, and she was loved by customers and coworkers alike. She served and managed at several restaurants including, Brio (SLC), LTH (Oceanside, CA), and most recently Slackwater (SLC).
It's almost impossible to sum up an incredible person like Sunee. She gave her love freely and sincerely. Spending time with her was truly unique. She was hilarious! She would do silly dances, tell stupid jokes, and sing at the top of her lungs. She had the loudest laugh/jaunt/yell in the room and often made herself hoarse by the end of the night. Everything was just better when Sunee was around. No matter what she was doing she was 100% herself.
Sunee was a natural athlete. A star in every sport, both on and off the field. She excelled in high school softball and soccer. Despite her athletic talents, Sunee was accident-prone and had the scars to prove it. Sunee loved nature and snowboarding (even though she always complained that her hands were too cold). Sunee was the most tender-hearted person and truly cared about others. She was a tomboy with a mean right hook. She was strong yet kind and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself.
It's hard for her parents to express how much Sunee meant to them. They were so close. Sunee told them everything and they supported her no matter what. She and her niece Amiya were kindred spirits. Amiya said, “Sunee made me feel happy and safe, and she always inspired me to be myself.” Sunee was a doting dog mom and John John was the center of her universe. They loved each other with all their hearts.
This tragic event invites us to remember what is truly important. In life, Sunee taught us about being present in every moment and living to the fullest. In death, she taught us to cherish the ones we love, and never take precious time with them for granted. She continues to be a ray of sunshine that bonds her family forever. Sunee, we are all going to miss you so much.
Sunee is survived by her parents, Dr. John and Bonnie Wood, her grandmother, Kathleen Dean, and her siblings: Bridger Wood, Chelsea (Oliver) Levenson, Jace (Nafeesa) Nelson, Jaime (Josh) Wood, Kim (Travis) Lindsey, Shannon (Josh) Smith, and Shelly (Steve) Porter. Her uncles, Brett (Dorothy) Dean, Kirk (Leigh) Dean, aunt, Lorl (Dixon) Kapple, and her cousins Annika, Conrad, Dean, Dylan, Katelyn, and Korl (Nate). She had seven nephews, seven nieces, and tons of friends. Sunee was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harvey and Mary Wood, and Loel Dean, as well as her uncle Roger (Sheila) Wood.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 8th at 7 p.m. at The River View Ranch, 5800 Adams Ave Pkwy, Washington Terrace, UT 1/2 mile south of Ogden Regional Hospital on the west side of the street. A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to The Boys and Girls Club of Weber/Davis.
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services beginning at 7 p.m. mountain time and 6 p.m. pacific time by scrolling to the bottom of Sunee’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.