Damen Page, 28, spent her life trying to make other people look good.
A wife and mother of three small children, she built a thriving business working to make people beautiful.
Mrs. Page, a hair and makeup stylist, died April 7. A visitation will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Countryside Christian Church, 1919 S. Rock Road. A reception will be at 7 p.m. at Brick and Mortar, 229 S. Emporia. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Countryside Christian.
Damen Therrell was born Sept. 12, 1989, in Greenville, Miss. and moved to Wichita with her family when she was 2 years old, according to her husband. The two were married Sept. 13, 2013, in Derby. Their three children range in age from 2 months to 5 years.
Growing up, she was homeschooled and attended Butler Community College before graduating from Eric Fisher Academy in 2012. The next year, she began her own business, Damen Page Artistry. Mrs. Page's specialty was making people look good through her talent working with hair and makeup.
"When I can transform how someone sees themselves and make them feel beautiful ... that is what this career is all about," she wrote on her web page. " Showing people the beauty that lies within each one of them."
Her business specialized in wedding and bridal makeup, senior portraits, special occasion makeup. It took her places. She was scheduled to work this year in St. Louis, Chicago, Texas and Florida and next year in Europe, Page said.
"For me and my kids, she was the glue that held our family together," her husband, Jeffrey Page, said. "Even as busy as she was, she always made sure we were taken care of first."
Caring about others was typical Damen, said Jessica "Jess" Therrell.
Her mantra was "Hope."
"She wanted to grow up and marry Elvis ... and in her eyes, she did. She thinks he (Jeffrey) looks like Elvis," Therrell said. "She's my little sister. We were the same person in two different bodies. She'd always treat everyone with kindness. She never held grudges and couldn't stand the idea of someone being upset with her."
A Go Fund Me page started earlier this week quickly raised $10,000 and now there are plans to raise $20,000 to help the family with medical and funeral expenses.
Mrs. Page gave birth to her youngest child recently.
"We had that baby two months ago and ever since, she wasn't feeling well," Page said. "Last Thursday she wasn't doing well and she ended up going into septic shock and then all her organs started shutting down."
Mrs. Page had received an aortic valve replacement when she was 18. She was scheduled to receive another one when an infection traveled to her heart as well as her lungs and kidneys, Page said.
"None of us realized until right before the two or three days leading up to this that it was going to be as bad as it was," Therrell said.
Mrs. Page is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Page II; children, Jeffrey "Tuff" Page III, Khloee, and Lane; parents, Kathy (Mark) Grimes, El Dorado; Billy (Ashlee) Therrell, Wichita; sister, Jessica Therrell; step-siblings, Katie Grimes, Kacie Galaviz, Zole Zepponi, Zach Zepponi, Zeb Zeponni; grandparents Rose Ingram (Bobby) and Charles Jones Sr.; and four nieces.