Hayleigh “The Hammer” Quinn Wempe

Funeral services for Hayleigh “The Hammer” Quinn Wempe, 15, Baldwin City, KS, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds ~ Derby Arena in Lawrence (you will need to enter the south gate for the funeral at the fairgrounds). Services will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/events/468966484520196 . Private family burial will be held at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, KS. Hayleigh passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Eudora, KS.

Hayleigh was born on November 27, 2005 in Lawrence, the daughter of Carl John Springer and Amy Leigh (Wempe) Douglass.

She was a student at Baldwin City High School and a member of the Baldwin City High School Wrestling Team, Volleyball Team and Softball Team. She was also a member of the Palmyra 4-H Club, the FARM Wrestling Club, SlyFox Wrestling Academy, Cobbs Strong Wrestling, and Rivers Jiu Jitsu.

From the moment she entered our lives she was extraordinary.

She had an infectious smile and laugh. She lit up every room she entered.

She was selfless. She never hesitated to help a fellow showman, classmate, teammate, anyone in need. If she had it to give, she gave.

In regards to wrestling or showing livestock, the second she stepped into the arena, she gave her heart and soul. Her presence interested fans of all ages.

She loved her family, friends, teammates, classmates and animals. She showed much compassion, care, and grace for all.

She had the tenacity, grit, and perseverance to meet any challenge. She conquered so many challenges in her 15 years, but not without the upmost courage, strength and grace.

Survivors include her mother, Amy Leigh (Jeremy) Douglass, Baldwin City; siblings; Hannah Moore, Dalton Douglass, Galen “Dodge” Douglass; father, Carl John (Rachel) Springer, Eudora; siblings; Ryan Springer, Landon Springer, Cora Springer, Aiden Springer, Braydon Springer, Amaya Springer, Billy Springer; grandparents, Pete & JoAnn Wempe, Debbie & Phillip Metsker, LeAnn Springer, Bill & Rebekah Springer, Nancy & Erik Larson.

A visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel (1003 John L. Williams Drive, Eudora, KS 66025)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Hayleigh Quinn Wempe Memorial Fund to benefit Baldwin High School Girls Wrestling, and/or Douglas County 4-H’ers and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

32 Condolences

  1. Brent Lane on April 7, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    My condolences for Hayleigh and family. As an official I enjoyed seeing her compete on the wrestling mat and her interactions with her teammates. She always cheered them on and was so full of energy and life.

  2. Shiloh, Fisayo and Amara on April 7, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl, we will miss seeing her on the mat kicking butt. She was a force to be reckoned with. Prayers for all of you and lots of hugs. Hayleigh you will be so missed but your memory will last forever ❤️.

  3. Madeline born on April 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Hay- I will live in your name. I will grief in your name. I will fight and wrestle in your name. You’ve given me so much power to wrestle and I wish I could of done more for you. I love you more than I could ever express to you. I miss you more than you will ever get to know. But I live in your name hay. Please watch over me when I wrestle and keep wrestling I love you sweetheart ❤️

  4. Charles Tuttle on April 8, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Hold on tight to memories of love that connected the family. I’m sure tears will flow as you try to shop with the absence of your daughter. Remember the good times.

  5. Kim Brown on April 8, 2021 at 10:15 am

    It was always a pleasure watching her compete…she has a spot in hearts of many and even though her time here was short she changed the lives of those who had the pleasure to know her. I will always remember her beautiful smile and ass kicker mentality! Rest well pretty girl…my family will continue to pray for you????

  6. Susan Harrison on April 8, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Dear Amy, Joann, Pete. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Joann came to work and told me Amy was going to have a baby and it was a girl! I can still see her face when she told me Hayleigh was coming. She was so excited. I am so sorry she had to leave this earth. Hayleighs life was important, she put her mark on so many lives in such a short span. I know her family is so proud of her and so am I. Sometimes giving so much of yourself is such big work that it just wears you out. My belief is Hayleigh is in a wonderful place, safe and protected. I would like to thank Hayleigh for giving of herself so unselfishly to all she knew before going to her eternal peace. Hayleigh, will be your fierce protector in heaven and hopefully we will all try hard to live up to the standard of kindness and compassion that came to Hayleigh so easily. Rest easy beautiful girl your job is done, we will take it from here! ❤️ My love to you all.

  7. Jackie Epple on April 8, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Amy and family, there are no words. May Hayleigh’s memory live on in all of you and give you comfort now and in the days ahead. My heart breaks for you!

  8. Laura Mallett on April 8, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Amy and family, there are no words, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Mags Kirkpatrick on April 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    No enough days will you, but cherishing all the moments we got!

  10. Donna Mack on April 8, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    John and I have and continue to send up prayers over each of you. We are heartbroken as we cannot imagine the loss of your beautiful Hayleigh.
    May her beautiful smile and loving memories give you the strength to face the grief that you are experiencing now and the days ahead. We love you.

  11. Mason, Jennie, Emma, Trent, Reilly, and Clayton on April 8, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Amy, Jeremy, Pete, JoAnn, and Carl:
    We are so sorry for your loss. We had the privilege of watching Hayleigh grow in the 4-H world; working long hours in Pete’s sheep barn and performing in the livestock arena. Our bonds and experiences forged in the 4-H environment will not be lost and will live on in our memories, as will Hayleigh. Please know “she” was loved as are you all. Prayers and hugs!

  12. Kimberly Neel-Long on April 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Amy and family,
    I am sending my sincere condolences to you all. I was always so excited to read of Hayleigh’s wresting success, and she is such a beautiful girl with so many gifts to offer this world. I wish there was something I could say or do to help ease this heaviness in your heart. I know that there isn’t anything I can say to take that pain away, but please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that Hayleigh has found peace and is no longer sad. May God Send you the most heartwarming signs that Hayleigh has made it to heaven and is in God’s presence….
    Kim, Landon, Tuckyr, and Beckim Neel-Long

  13. Bob & Kathy Proctor on April 8, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Hayleigh’s family. We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers for God’s strength & comfort now and in the days ahead.

  14. Dan DeLozier on April 8, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    DeLozier Family
    Our hearts dropped when we seen all the post about Hayleigh. We’ve seen all the great achievements she has strived for in last few years. Our hearts go out to you guys. Love you all so much ❤.

  15. Elisa Robinson on April 8, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, this is very heartbreaking, my heart shattered when i heard about the bad news ????.
    All I could think about was the good memories she brought onto the wrestling team????. We miss her so much, wrestling will not be the same without you pretty girl. I loved watching you compete, you have improved so much! You were so kind hearted, you would always put peoples feelings first before yours, making sure they were okay. You will forever be in my heart. I love you. Prayers to Amy and her family ????.

  16. Allie Williams on April 8, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I didn’t know Hayleigh. I’m in 8th grade at the middle school. But it hurts my heart that another person felt the need to go. I’ve tried. I am so so so sorry for your family. She’s an angel watching over you all right now. Rest peacefully Hayleigh. Fly high.

  17. Julie Wondrack on April 8, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Dear Amy, Joann, and Pete,
    This completely hit me like a ton of rocks when I put two and two together. Amy, I remember when you and I were both pregnant at the same time. You had Hayleigh two days before I had Sean. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine. I pray for peace, comfort in your time of need, and for so much love to envelop you all. All of you are in my prayers.
    Julie Wondrack

  18. Diana& Mike Leming on April 9, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Our condolences to the family! May God gives you strength fo days ahead!RIP in peace Hayleigh !.

  19. Joyce Grover on April 9, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Dear Amy
    We are thinking of you and holding you in our hearts.
    Joyce Grover and your KCSDV family.

  20. Cameron Schneider on April 9, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I was lucky enough to have Hayleigh as a student when she was in 8th grade. We’re not supposed to have “favorites” as teachers, but Hayleigh was such an awesome kid to have in class. I’d be lying if I said she didn’t bring a little bit of life and fun to my classroom.
    Like everyone else in our USD 348 community, I was devastated when I heard the news about Hayleigh’s passing. Know that my family is keeping Hayleigh’s family in our thoughts and prayers!

  21. Mike &Diana Leming on April 9, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    We are so saddened to hear of your loss! Prayers for all.Peace be with you!

  22. Mike&Diana Leming on April 9, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Our condolences, we are sorry to hear of your Hayleigh! Prayers for all ! Remember the good times.Peace be with!

  23. Ruth McAdam (nee Brooner) on April 9, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    My love and prayers go out to Carl and Rachel and children; Amy, Jeremy and children, all the grandparents, friends and extended family. May God lift you and hold you and comfort you and help you find a way to cope with this unimaginable pain.

  24. Kirstin Olson on April 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Hayleigh was a fierce light in our school (she was a student in my 8th grade English class). In addition to advocating for her sport and excelling in her own personal goals, she was kind. She worked well with any individual or group of students in the room. There are so many students I like, but there are also some I deeply admire, and Hayleigh was one. To her family— I am so sorry for your loss; please know we miss and remember her.

  25. Donita Bouton on April 9, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    So very sorry to hear this.
    Our sincere condolences to the Wempe family.
    We will be holding you all up in prayer
    Donita and Marc Bouton , and family

  26. Mike & Sandy Patchen on April 10, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I so enjoyed watching Hayleigh compete in her 4-H projects. She had a tenacious spirit and a caring heart. I cannot imagine the pain and grief. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow and we are thinking of you each day and pray for comfort and healing for all of your family.

  27. Krista Howard on April 11, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Amy, thank you for sharing Hayleigh with us. Even though we met you all long ago have moved away, we still remember time play time Langston had with Hayleigh Quinn. We all offer our condolences and prayers to you and your family. God bless you!

    Krista and Langston

  28. Roger & Betty Tuckel on April 11, 2021 at 9:42 am

    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Hayleigh. Will be sending prayers and love your way.
    Roger Betty Tuckel & Family

  29. Barb and Dean Larsen on April 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Our prayers are with all of Hayleigh’s extended family and many friends. Through God, may you find comfort in knowing that Hayleigh is at peace.

    Dean and Barb Larsen

  30. Dan and Shelley Marks, and daughter Ali Dohle on April 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    We didn’t know Hayleigh personally but our daughter Ali was on the wrestling team with Hayleigh in junior high. We always looked forward to watching Hayleigh compete. She was a force to be reckoned with on the mat. Our hearts are breaking for you all. May god wrap you in his arms and provide you all with his everlasting love, strength, peace and comfort. Your beautiful Hayleigh will never be forgotten .

  31. Kennedy Sullivan on April 12, 2021 at 5:25 am

    My heart goes out to the entire family. She was so loved and will be greatly missed.

  32. Becky Mondi on April 17, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Much love..and though broken, may the sense of God’s comfort hold you firmly, with gentle reminders daily..that He is at your side.
    Thinking of you all.

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