Zoe Kern

From the moment she was born, Zoe Kern demonstrated an unbridled lust for life. She was born prematurely on Aug. 6, 2010, and was so fortunate to develop into a heal thy, beaut i ful chi l d through the loving support of her parents and many friends within the nurturing community of Red Lodge. She was such a kind little girl who will be remembered for her joyful demeanor and innate curiosity.

Zoe brought happiness and enthusiasm to everyone around her. She loved to spend time outdoors with her family. She accompanied her parents on many camping trips, beginning before she celebrated her first birthday. Over time, she developed a love for nature and spent hours hiking and fishing with family and friends. Zoe was always energetic and participated in several local runs, either from her jog stroller or on her dad’s shoulders. She never saw a ball, balloon, swing or slide that she didn't like.

Zoe loved to be involved in helping her parents with daily activities around her home. She was a fixture on their kitchen counter, where she would sit and talk about her day and help cook dinner. She enjoyed working on art projects, building makeshift forts and playhouses, and pretending to read books to her many dolls and stuffed animals. Zoe had a deep love and tenderness for animals from an early age, and adored her family’s dogs and horses. She had a sensitive nature and loved the quiet times spent reading stories and sharing thoughts with her parents.

She flourished among her friends and teachers at the Beartooth Children's Center. She spoke with pride about the things she learned each day, and came home with armfuls of wonderful projects. Zoe looked forward to the time spent each week at the Red Lodge School of Dance. She would come home beaming with joy, excited to show her parents all the routines that she and her friends had learned that day.

Life with Zoe was a joyful adventure. She is truly loved and deeply missed by her parents Eric Kern and Deirdre McNamer (Red Lodge). She is survived by her paternal grandfather, Roger Kern (Muskegon, Mich.), maternal grandmo the r, El i zabe t h McNamer (Billings), and many caring aunts, uncles and cousins.

Zoe passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Her parents wish to thank all of the wonderful staff of the Laurel Fire Department, Red Lodge Fire Rescue, AMR, HelpFlight, Beartooth Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and Denver Children's Hospital for all of their care on her behalf. A memorial service will be held in Red Lodge to celebrate her life. Donations on her behalf to the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation or the St. Vincent’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated.