Makaylie “Mak” Hope Saunders
On the evening of March 2nd, 2019, Makaylie passed away peacefully at St. Peter’s Health from pneumonia and complications due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Makaylie was surrounded in comfort by her many, many friends and family.
Born in Helena, Montana on October 24th, 2007, Makaylie was soon diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy; a rare genetic disease that robbed her of the ability to walk. Even though her 11 short years were spent wheelchair bound, what God didn’t give Makaylie in physical health, he more than made up for in her intellectual gifts. Always wise beyond her years, Makaylie enjoyed making people laugh with her sharp wit and teasing ways. She loved art, playing soccer from her wheelchair, all music…especially Taylor Swift, performing in the Nutcracker, MDA camp, scary movies, and her many friendships. In fact, making videos for her friends was a favorite pastime. The lessons Makaylie taught us all will forever be in our hearts and she will be deeply missed until our reunion in Heaven.
Makaylie is survived by her parents, Erika Saunders and Jack Wagner and brother Jayden Saunders.
A Celebration of Makaylie’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th at Four Georgians Elementary School, 555 W. Custer Avenue. A potluck reception will follow the service at Four Georgian’s. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home by phone (406) 442-8520 or by mail to 3750 N. Montana Ave, to assist with the funeral expenses. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Makaylie.