Tucson community honors Lorelai Johansen two years after Show Low plane crash

Blake Phillips
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — In 2021, Arienne Gillette’s life changed forever.

Her 11-year-old daughter Lorelai Johansen died along with her Uncle, David Gillette, in a single plane crash near Show Low, Ariz. in 2021.

“I just thought she had so much potential, so much inside of her and it was just such a sad thing that it would die with her,” Gillette said.

Gillette’s mission in life changed. She would not let herself or her other 7 children forget Lorelai’s light.

She helped found Lorelai’s Literary Foundation.

“It is to keep her memory alive, to keep people knowing how wonderful she was and promoting good in her name,” said Gillette

The foundation, based out of Tucson’s Southeast side, runs events year-round, promoting all the things Lorelai loved.

“Its job is to bring the things that Lorelai loved the most to children of our community, especially the ones that may not have access to it on their own.” said Gillette.

But the foundation helps Arienne as well.

“It’s a way to process my grief. When I work for the foundation helps me feel closer to her……and it’s just very important that I don’t forget her,” Gillette said.

The foundation is running two events this week: a birthday celebration on Thursday and a children’s book drive through Dec. 2nd.

Blake Phillips is a reporter for KGUN 9. Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Blake grew up in Sierra Vista. During his college tenure at the Missouri School of Journalism, Blake worked for the NBC affiliate KOMU-TV in Columbia. He is excited to return to a place he calls home and give back to the community in which he grew up. Share your story ideas and important issues with Blake by emailing [email protected].

Blake Phillips www.kgun9.com

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