Born in Havre de Grace, MD, Kelly graced us with her presence on February 2, 1988. Loving daughter of Charles and Deborah Reed, sister of Charles “Buddy” Reed Jr , Krista Reed and Kyle Reed. Mother to her only child, Madelyn K. Reed. Also surviving are her nephew Erik, her nieces Kaelyn, Kameryn, Emerson and Ryleigh, as well as many Aunts, Uncles Cousins and her lifelong best friend, Threy Smith.
If you knew Kelly, know you were loved by her. Her heart was true to those around her and her soul was kind and loving. She accepted everyone for who they are and always tried to be a positive, encouraging force in the lives of others. Making others happy was always at the forefront of her mind. Her contagious laugh, infectious smile and witty sense of humor always brought joy to others. It’s apparent in the photos you see around this room, that her life, though difficult at times, had much happiness and laughter. No matter what was thrown at her she did her best to overcome, to be victorious. She gave 100% to everything. She always rooted for the underdog. In a world filled with such ugliness, she always found beauty. The beauty in nature and the beauty in people. You could wear the ugliest sweater ever made and she would tell you that you looked good in it. There was always a compliment, an air of positivity, an encouraging word. "Please", "Thank You" and "I’m Sorry" were no strangers to her vocabulary. Kelly was always appreciative of what she received from others though she expected nothing.
Kelly enjoyed old movies and reading. The Wizard of Oz and a League of Their Own were among her favorite movies. She was a huge fan of Judy Garland and hoped to find her gravesite one day. She loved walking around old graveyards and actually visited Houdini’s gravesite once. Making TikToks and using funny Snapchat filters, scrapbooking and searching the internet for weird facts would fill some of her free time. She loved the beach, carnivals and amusement parks. When she was younger she wanted to be a movie star and she loved to sing. Her parents took her to a recording studio and she made her one and only CD. A CD that her parents were so proud of but made her cringe in later years. On the last day of school every year she would exit the school doors, tears flowing down her face, summer vacation was somehow the enemy. She quickly overcame that too. Her favorite thing to do was unequivocally spending time with her daughter, Madelyn, who she loved more than anything.
On April 1st, the world as we knew it changed. The light within Kelly was extinguished.
The change is astonishing when breath and life depart and only the body is left. We look at it -loved and revered- but it is only a shell now. The processes that sustained it have stopped. The blood lies still. The chest does not rise and fall.
But where has the person gone? Interpretations differ according to belief and experience. But surely one way a person lives on is in the memories of those of us who gather to mourn the passing and to celebrate the life it once held. It is not simply that we will remember loved ones, they live on through things they taught us and in the way they affected our lives.
So that in the weeks, months and years that lie ahead, we may find qualities and actions in our own lives which surprise us until we smile and think, “ I wonder. Yes, maybe, that’s a part of Kelly living in me.”
Kelly left us with a very clear picture of her legacy. A legacy of love and kindness. One that we must now carry on in her honor, in her memory.
Carry her forward in your hearts and she will live and love through us. Her energy never to die.