Six-year-old boy rescues younger sister, but mother dies
By Robin Scott
The mother of two young children was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident just three-quarters of a mile from the family farm. The heroic and miraculous actions of her six-year-old boy just moments after the accident likely saved his younger sister’s life.
Jennifer Cantrell, age 26, who grew up in Earth, Texas, was traveling with her two young children, T.J. Jones, a son, age six and Leeana Jones, a daughter, age 5 near the family’s farm. Something went terribly wrong and the vehicle driven by Cantrell flipped over and she and her young daughter were ejected. Young T.J. crawled out of the vehicle and managed to find his younger sister. He picked her up and carried her the three-quarters of a mile back to the family home. Tommy Jones, the children’s father and husband of Cantrell, had just left home headed for town when the accident occurred so T.J. was locked out of the house. He broke a window in order to get inside the house with his sister, and then he called 911 for help.
Rachel Barnes, Cantrell’s aunt, stated that the family was thankful for T.J.’s courage during such a stressful and tragic moment. She stated, “We don’t believe he found his mother. He just picked up his sister and carried her all that way home.” Sadly, when emergency responders arrived Cantrell had not survived the accident.
The family resides near Bula, Texas, 50 miles northwest of Lubbock, but they had lived in Dalhart for several years and both children were born in Dalhart. Barnes, who resides in Dalhart, stated, “The family has been hit very hard by this terrible accident. They don’t have enough money to pay for her funeral, but they do have about half of it.” An account has been set up in Jennifer Cantrell’s memory at Amarillo National Bank for anyone desiring to make a donation to assist the family.
Cantrell had been a stay-at-home mom until just recently. This year both of her children were in school, allowing her to go back to work. Cantrell’s father, Randy Cantrell, resides in Earth as well. Her mother, Laura Martin, resides in Portales, NM.
Cantrell’s grief stricken young husband is a farmer. Barnes noted, “He is really still in shock at the loss of my niece and he’s worried about their two children.” Services for Cantrell will be held on Friday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Cowboy Church in Muleshoe.
For more information please contact Rachel Barnes at 884.8656 or make donations to the account In Memory of Jennifer Cantrell, Amarillo National Bank.