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Dana Danger Grey (Gilson)

02/22/1983 - 02/10/2019

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On Sunday, February 10, 2019, Dana Danger Grey Gilson, passed away at the age of 35 at home, after a long battle with depression. Dana always fought this disease with courage, strength, optimism, and a sense of humor–just the way she lived her life.

Dana was born on February 22, 1983, in Salt Lake City, to Neil Forrest Gilson and Sharon Osborne Gilson.  She is survived by her parents, sister Laura (MacKenzie) Gilson, niece (Marley), grandmother (Mitzi), aunts and uncles, cousins, co-workers, and friends. She is also survived by three furbabies (Ava, Nebbie and Teeny). Dana was married to Richard Scott Morley, who remains a close friend.

Dana attended Westminster College, graduating with a Bachelor of Art/Business Degree and always was very creative, expressing herself through drawing, photography, and painting. Dana also loved to read, loved music, concerts, theater, movies, and traveling. Her most recent trip was to tour Ireland.

Dana’s career highlights include being a Program Specialist at the State of Utah from 2007-2011, and a Program Manager at Instructure from 2012-2019.  She had a true home and family there, with many friends and co-workers. Dana truly loved her job, her work, and her coworkers, and was beloved by them in return.

Dana had her very own style, in the way she lived her life, in her clothing, hair styles, and tattoos. That is something we all loved about her. She had a beautiful, dimpled smile that sparkled with her sense of humor and infectious laughter. Dana loved pizza-as long as there was no pineapple on it!

Anyone who knew her knew Dana’s true love was animals, and she rescued and adopted many homeless cats and dogs. To honor her memory, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute, make a donation to an animal rescue group of their choice.

A Celebration of Life is being held for Dana from 11a-2p on February 24th, at the Orangerie Room at Red Butte Gardens. All that loved Dana are welcome to attend and the family requests that you bring stories and memories of Dana to share.

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We will all miss her physical presence, but we will love her and keep her in our hearts always.

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” ~Rumi

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  • Dana and I just spent time together in Ireland. That trip was one of the best times I have ever had. We made pretty good travel partners. Where she is very organized and has done her research, I am very spontaneous and messy. We pulled each other in exactly the right direction so that we were able to see what we wanted to, but not be so rigid that we couldn’t have a ton of fun.

    I love Dana. I have known her for about 15 years. We first met through mutual friends. I never thought of her as a really good friend until I went through a terribly hard divorce a few years back. During that time, the friend group we were both apart of pulled way back. I felt very alone and abandoned. It was a very difficult time in my life that I wasn’t sure I could overcome. And Dana was one of the only people to reach out to me. It meant so much and I never told her. I wish I had. In a time when I was at my lowest, she lifted me up and made me realize that someone cared.

    I will deeply miss Dana. She will always remain the most KICKASS lady I know.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    Marnii Coleman

    — Marnii Coleman
  • Dana had a presence in our office at Instructure that made it a better place to be. She was fiercely dedicated to accessibility and helping us achieve a11y brilliance. Her passion was contagious and I believe our products are only as good as they are because of her. She was so fierce, so caring, and so rad. She leaves a gigantic hole in our office and in our hearts. We love you Dana.

    — Justin Daining
  • Dana was fierce in all the best ways a person can be fierce and somehow, she had no idea how amazing she was. Watching her experience joy was unavoidably contagious and I selfishly looked for every opportunity to witness it. Looking back at all the messages we exchanged I realized I mostly just sent her things I knew she’d love or laugh at just so I could have the opportunity to see her enjoy something. And that laugh. The best laugh. I’ve met very few humans who manage to bring as much color into the world as Dana did. I’m desperately going to miss that color.
    I will never forget Dana. I will NEVER forget Dana’s laugh. I will move through this world with her passionate advocacy as an example that I aspire to. I will feel her with me every time I stand up for something (or someone). I will not promise to avoid pineapple on pizza. Love you Dana, but it’s kinda good when paired with Jalape├▒os.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    — Christi Wruck

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