Lindsey Cantwell, 37, left this earthly life with courage, faith and dignity on the 28th of February, 2018, at her home in Eagle, Idaho. She refused to let cancer define who she was as she shined defiantly. She left a legacy that will forever impact those lucky enough to know her, while influencing many who never had this opportunity.
Lindsey was born on April 21, 1980, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Phil and Colette (Stott) Mitchell. After living her early years in Cedar City, Utah, her family planted their roots in North Logan, Utah where she established the foundation that with the assistance of her family, friends, youth leaders and teachers helped make her the great person she grew to be. She excelled in academics, athletics and leadership at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah graduating in 1998. Her efforts resulted in a full ride scholarship at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where she graduated with honors with a degree in Dietetics. She went on to complete an internship at Iowa State University.
Shortly after returning home one summer from college, she caught the eye of an unsuspecting, yet incredibly fortunate, Utah State University student. She claims to have whispered to her friend that “she was going to marry that guy” upon first seeing him. Bewitched by her beauty and charm, he gathered the courage to ask Lindsey out, then held on tight as she showed him more love, kindness, wit and absolute devotion than he ever knew could exist. Scott Cantwell and Lindsey Mitchell were married on June 3, 2000 in the Logan, Utah temple.
Their adventure together led them to Rochester, Minnesota where Scott completed medical school and a residency in Anesthesiology. She was able to develop lasting friendships that were a tender mercy for the remainder of her life. While the education was valuable, this time resulted in something of an infinitely greater value, the birth of three of their children, Caleb, Paige, and Will.
Lindsey and Scott continued their journey to Grand Junction, Colorado. Their family was completed with the birth of Leah. Lindsey had the opportunity to serve as a Young Women’s President in her ward and challenged these great young women that they could do hard things. She was unaware that in the coming years she would teach this principle by example to thousands.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, faith played a major role in Lindsey’s life. She served in multiple capacities where she touched and influenced many lives. Lindsey accomplished many things in life, but her most cherished role was that of wife and mother.
The next stop was Wichita, Kansas. Despite great challenges during this time, Lindsey hit her stride in Wichita. She thrived as a mother and wife, developed great friendships, cultivated skills like tennis, and discovered a love of swim meets as all of her children competed and she was able to function as the team mom. Intertwined in this period of personal growth was the shocking diagnosis of wide spread colon cancer. She showed her fortitude by deciding to build her dream house and being heavily involved in every detail while undergoing intense chemotherapy.
In the summer of 2016, Lindsey’s family moved to Eagle, Idaho where they instantly felt at home. She continues to be a light to all those that were around her and an example of faith, optimism, and absolute endurance. Her infectious smile, sense of humor, and energy drew people to her, uplifting and inspiring them.
Lindsey was preceded in death by her grandparents Lloyd & Helen Mitchell and Ben Stott.
Lindsey is survived by her spouse Scott; her children Caleb (13), Paige (12), Will (9), and Leah (6); her parents Phil & Colette Mitchell of North Logan, Utah; her grandma Laurel Stott of Meadow, Utah; her siblings Andrea (Scott) Woodhouse, JoAnna Lee, Matt (Marlow) Mitchell and Camille (Nathan) Weaver; in-laws Wayne and Beverly Cantwell, Greg (Tamara) Cantwell, Eric (Charlotte) Cantwell, Amy (Adam) Greenway and 26 nieces and nephews and countless loving friends.
A visitation will be held at the Bowman Funeral Directors on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 4-6 pm and the family will be greeting friends and relatives prior to the funeral on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 8:30-9:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1133 N Park Ln in Eagle, Idaho. A memorial service will follow at 10 am. Burial will take place in the North Logan, Utah cemetery at 5 pm. We invite all friends and family to join us in celebrating Lindsey’s life.
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