Two St. Anthony moms are honoring the late siblings J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan via a memorial sign at Keefer Park. They’re also suggesting that residents place similar signs honoring the children in their yards and businesses.
Angie Fadness and Laura Hirschi joined forces on Saturday to place a memorial sign at the park that reads “Always in our Heart.”
Hirschi made the sign.
“I just want to show love, that we’re thinking of the kids and their families,” she said.
The two women are hoping that residents will place items at the park’s sign to pay tribute to the children who went missing last year. Their bodies were found on Chad Daybell’s Salem property earlier this month. It’s believed the siblings died and were buried there in September. Chad had married the children’s mother Lori Vallow-Daybell in November.
On Saturday, Fadness and Hirschi also placed blue and purple ribbons around St. Anthony. J.J.’s favorite color was blue while Tylee’s was purple, they said.
The women are offering similar signs to residents to place at their homes and business to honor the siblings. Fadness plans to order 100 signs that will be available for $7 each to those interested in placing them on their property.
Chad’s first wife Tammy Daybell died at the couple’s Salem home on Oct 19 under suspicious circumstances. Tammy’s body was exhumed in December. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting results of that autopsy.
Fadness says she created the J.J. and Tylee tribute to help Fremont County become a greater part of the children’s story.
“I felt sad that Fremont County was involved right off the bat. Tammy died in Fremont County,” she said. “When they found the kids, (we) became very involved,” Fadness said.
Following Tammy’s death, Chad received around $430,000 in life insurance proceeds. Two weeks after she died, Chad and Lori and went to Hawaii and were married.
Hirschi said she was saddened to learn that the J.J.’s and Tylee’s bodies had been found.
“I was just crushed,” she said. “It’s just so disheartening, but it was a relief to have some closure.”
The hope is that J.J.’s and Tylee’s families will know that Fremont County is a very loving community and cares for all the families involved, said the women.
“It’s just to show that we care, that we’re thinking of them and just that we have love to share,” Hirschi said.
For more information on the signs call 208-351-7229.