Chari "Charlie" Deborah Jelsma Ayala\r\n1986-2021\r\n\r\nChari Ayala (née Jelsma), 34, passed away too soon on June 20, 2021. A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, June 26, 2021, from Noon to 2:00 PM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 8137 South 3905 West in West Jordan.\r\n\r\nChari was born September 9, 1986, in Salt Lake City to Gary "Duke" Allen Jelsma (née Heassler) and Deborah "Debbie" Lynn Smith. \r\n\r\nChari spent her entire life in Utah. She grew up alongside many family dogs. Her passion was with dogs, and she could never have enough of them. Beginning in her late 20's, she was finally able to raise her dream canine, the Dogue de Bordeaux, which she immediately fell in love with the very first time she saw Turner & Hooch as a kid. Her love of large dogs made her an advocate for all misunderstood "bully" breeds.\r\n\r\nChari's wicked sense of humor and her love of black and orange was likely the reason behind her adulthood fixation with anything The Nightmare Before Christmas. Halloween was her favorite holiday, and she could celebrate all year long with the motif; all of her decorations were Tim Burton-inspired. She was always adding onto her ever-growing tattoo, which included characters from the many Burton films.\r\n\r\nChari's ultimate achievement was her son, Luis Benjamin "Benji" Ayala. The day he was born was the world stopped revolving around the sun and began to orbit him instead. Chari was intelligent; she was the first in the family to receive her Master's Degree, which she pursued and completed before and after the birth of her son.\r\n\r\nChari was preceded in death by her loving father, Gary Jelsma; Uncle Harold "Nute" Jelsma; dogs, Bear, Jean-Luc, Chandler, Lucy, Harley, and Foxy; and pig, French Toast.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her son, Benji; mother Deborah; brothers, Travis (Nathan) Jelsma-Beery and David (Tiffany) Jelsma; sister, Chelsie Jelsma; niece, Autumn Jelsma; former husband, Luis Alberto Ayala, with whom they shared a child; childhood friend, Aerial Turner; dogs, Midgee, Tank, Boots, Lilith, and Frankie.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Villalobos Rescue Center, www.vrcpitbull.com, as her love for canines of all sizes was only second to the love she had for her son. \r\n\r\nOnline condolences at www.jenkins-soffe.com.