Katie Maynus was a giving person, her parents say.
Although Katie passed away recently, her caring spirit lives on. Although the car accident on June 20 rendered her brain dead, surgeons were able to donate her organs to others in need.
Katie’s mother Jami Maynus and her father David Maynus Jr. said they were devastated when she got home on June 23, but they remaining positive since she knows their daughter’s death will bring goodness to a tragic situation.
“I lay here knowing that Katie’s heart is beating in someone’s chest right now, pumping life throughout a body that was dying just earlier today,” she shared on Facebook Tuesday evening, giving the Chronicle-Tribune permission to share her story. “Her lungs are now filling up over and over in someone else’s body giving them the life sustaining oxygen they couldn’t get before. Her pancreas, both kidneys and liver are offering new life to people whose bodies were failing them just hours ago.”
Katie had graduated from Oak Hill just weeks before the accident at the intersection of Butler Avenue and Indiana 9, where INDOT officials say the stop sign Katie reportedly disregarded was partially obstructed by branches of a tree.
“Opening the graduation cards that came for her while we were gone was excruciating, but because of her, there may be someone who will be healthy enough to go to school to graduate now,” Jami shared.
Katie’s impact on the community can be seen across the region. In her hometown of Converse, a local car wash proudly displays the message “Pray for the (Maynuses)”. Even in Howard County, the community shows its support for the Maynus family. The Hydration Station, where Katie used to work, has had such high demand for memorial cups, called Katie Cups, that they have sold out every time they get a shipment in.
The cups change colors and come with a rainbow embellished on the side to honor Katie’s love for rainbows and joy.
Hospital staff said they could take a handprint from Katie using her favorite color of paint, so the family decided to use all of the colors since Katie loved them all so much.
“We spent some time today making handprints of my precious girl in the color of the rainbow,” Jami shared on Facebook. “And right now, as I type this, there is a beautiful rainbow over this hospital.”
Donations are being sent from across the U.S. from people Katie’s touched, and the family members said they are overwhelmed by all of the love and support coming from within and outside of Grant County.
“Our daughter was amazing, would never let you have a bad day and would always cheer you up. (She) was full of life,” David said. “Everyone loved her”
“We are so humbled and grateful and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone,” Jami said. “If you ever needed ‘proof’ that we serve a living and loving God, take a look at me: breathing, walking, and still feeling the joy that is in my heart.”
She said messages from all the supporters have helped her realize that her death was not in vain.
“God would never ever have allowed Katie to be taken from us unless he already had plans for extraordinary and miraculous life to come out of it,” Jami said. “She was worth far too much for it to be any other outcome.”
David said the public is welcome to attend her funeral.
The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Sunnycrest Baptist Church, 2172 W. Chapel Pike, Marion, IN.
Immediately following the time of visitation, a service to celebrate Katie’s life will begin at 1 p.m. A burial will take place at Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery.
Her full obituary can be viewed by going to nswcares.com and searching Katie Maynus. The full link is https://www.nswcares.com/obituaries /Katelynn-Jo-Maynus? obId=15263417#/ celebrationWall.