Nine-year-old Emmalee Havertz hated bugs and normally tried to swat them away, but on a memorable day in the fall of 2009, a dragonfly tickled her head with its wings -- and it made her smile.
Her father, Steve Havertz, of Fruit Heights, remembers the occasion with clarity.
Emmalee had been suffering from a rare form of cancer for nearly a year. She was struggling through a family portrait photo session, crying because she didn't feel well. Havertz was worried that they wouldn't get any pictures with young Emmalee smiling, and he was relieved when the dragonfly brightened her day.
They were the last photos the family had taken together before Emmalee passed away on Oct. 1, 2009.