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Mormon pioneer trek 'ma' from Arkansas dies in Oklahoma after suffering 'severe heatstroke'

Published June 22, 2016 7:37 am
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An Arkansas woman died Monday after suffering heat-related injuries while accompanying LDS youths on a pioneer trek.

Meaghan Blair, who was serving with her husband as a "ma and pa" couple for the youths of the Rogers Arkansas Stake, suffered "severe heatstroke" and was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in Tulsa, Okla., where she died that night, according to a Facebook post on the neighboring Bentonville Stake's page.

Blair leaves behind two young children; her husband, Mike Blair; and her parents, Brad and Maureen Querry. Brad Querry is a Salt Lake City native, according to his Facebook page, and serves in the presidency of the Rogers Arkansas Stake, or regional meetinghouse, according to a Bentonville Stake post.



Rogers Arkansas Stake President Greg Chandler posted comments from Brad Querry on his stake's page.

He expressed gratitude for the "sympathy and prayers" their family received after her death.

"She lived an epic life of cheerful devotion to Mike and the kids," Querry said in the post. "She was generous to a fault in life as she has been in death."

Friends set up a fundraising page for "medical and funeral expenses as well as future needs of Michael and the children."

As of Tuesday night, the page had raised more than $10,500 from 150 donors.

Many Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stakes participate in pioneer trek re-enactments each year, during which participants wear traditional pioneer clothing and are divided up into "families" that pull handcarts. The exercise is meant to help participants better understand what early LDS pioneers experienced and reflect on their faith.

The LDS Church has a trek manual of guidelines, which include a mandate for each handcart to carry 10 gallons of water and for participants to stop briefly "every 20 to 30 minutes" to drink water.

mnoble@sltrib.com

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