Mickayla Linn enjoyed traveling and sightseeing almost as much as she loved spending time with her 6-month-old nephew.
The 21-year-old Omaha woman, who died Monday night in a boating accident at Woodcliff Lakes south of Fremont, Neb., was always ready to visit new places, said her sister, Amanda Linn of Omaha. But even on vacation, Mickayla's thoughts were with family.
“She was just in Vegas, and she had to buy another suitcase while she was there just to hold all the clothes she bought for my little boy,” her sister said. “She just loved Talan to death and she spoiled him to pieces.”
Amanda Linn said her sister, a 2009 graduate of Millard North High, was taking business classes at Metropolitan Community College and worked for a tanning company. Her free time was spent with friends and family.
“She was a big family person and very, very social,” her sister said. “In high school, she got along with everyone and she would bond with all the different groups. I never remember hearing someone say a bad word about her. She was just a joy to be around.”
The Linn sisters spent Monday afternoon goofing around in their parents' backyard pool with Talan. Mickayla then joined some high school friends who were going tubing at Woodcliff Lakes.
Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said Linn was riding on an inner tube being pulled by a boat when the tube struck a parked boat about 7 p.m. Linn was taken by ambulance to the Fremont Area Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Craig Stover, of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said Sean Salisbury, 22, was driving the boat when the accident occurred. Salisbury, of Omaha, was ticketed for negligent operation of a boat.
Services for Linn will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road.
In addition to her sister and her nephew, Linn is survived by her parents, Roger and Shari Linn of Omaha; a brother, Roger Linn Jr. of Omaha; and grandparents, Robert and Sandy Linn of Omaha and Rod and Bonnie Wangler of Nehawka, Neb.
World-Herald staff writer Susan Szalewski contributed to this report.
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