Jamie talked a lot about dying. Her parents believe she knew she wouldn't live long. "She told me six months before she died that she wanted to be buried on top of the ground like Jesus," Lisa said. "I told her that was silly. She said, 'Well, I'm just telling you that, Mom,' like somehow she knew.
"She told me if anything happened to her, she didn't want to be put on machines. I'm a nurse. I realize now that when people talk that way, when they say they are dying, they are."
The accident happened less than a quarter of a mile from her home. Her mother rushed her to the closest hospital. "I knew that would be faster than an ambulance," Lisa said. "In the car, she told me she was hot. I knew that was the first indication of internal bleeding."
Doctors stabilized her and sent her to Camden-Clark for surgery. She kept telling her parents she was going to die. She told her doctor she wouldn't make it. Her mother remembers vividly the last time she saw Jamie alive.
"At the surgery door, she said she didn't want to go. I told her she had to go, that it was the only way to get better. She knew more than I did."
In her casket, they placed her diary, a picture of her horse, Blaze, and horse stencils. "That horse just stood around and looked for her for weeks," her father said. "I think animals know."
In his job as a gas well tender, he has to ride an ATV. "If it wasn't for work, I wouldn't ride one at all. I don't think they should be on any main roads. Any kid under 15 should be riding with an adult and should wear a helmet."
Jamie's mother said she never gave a thought to ATV dangers until Jamie's death. "Parents are very ignorant about this," she said. "I think more about it now, but it's too late."
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