PORTLAND People who knew Taylur Dewolf said she was a natural leader with a positive spirit. But the extent of her potential will never be known.

The 17-year-old Sandy teen died in a snowboarding accident at Skibowl last Friday night.

Rescuers found Dewolf's body near Dog Leg Run. It appeared that she had lost control while snowboarding and crashed into a tree just off of the groomed run. She suffered severe trauma to her head and chest. Investigators said she was wearing a helmet.

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Dewolf had gone snowboarding with friends on the day she died. She also often went with her dad, according to family friend, Sophie Tung.

She was very family oriented. She just cared so much about everyone, Tung said. I d like to think of her as an angel put on Earth, and she was here for a short amount of time but I feel like she was on a mission to touch people s lives and make a difference and she did.

Dewolf attended Damascus Christian School. She was enrolled at the Estacada Early College Charter School and was also taking classes at Mount Hood Community College.

She traveled to Mexico last summer to help in an orphanage, and was a member of Mount Hood's student leadership board.

Sydney Eustron was among the faculty who guided Dewolf in that leadership program. She said Taylur was the youngest among the student leaders and she still stood out.

She was absolutely determined and capable and just a positive spirit, Eustron said. Any dream she was looking to pursue, she would have nailed it.

A service has been planned for 1 p.m., Friday at the Assembly of God Church in Sandy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Sandy Assembly of God, P.O. Box 45, Sandy, Oregon 97055 and designated for the Taylur-Up Youth Fund.

(KGWreporter Abbey Gibb contributed to this report.)

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