Kylie Shay Tall passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 7th, 2016, with family and friends holding her hands. She was 21 years old. Kylie had many nicknames (Baby Ky, Goober, Smiley Kylie, Ky Ky, Keek, Ky Bear). Most knew her best for her snuggles, bright smile, and her accepting personality. It is impossible to adequately describe Kylie’s sensitivity and warmth. Her youngest brother says it best: “she was kind to everyone…she loved to be around everyone. She made me feel really, really good and I really liked being around her.” Kylie loved spending time outdoors. Hiking, spending time at the beach and jogging were her favorite pastimes. Kylie loved her friends, and since her passing, we have come to realize that the lives she touched and the impact she had on her friends was more than we knew. A common thread that runs throughout comments shared by others about Kylie is that she was a “true friend”. She was kind and thoughtful, always uplifting others. Kylie saw beyond people’s flaws and imperfections – she loved people for who they were.
As we gather as family and friends to celebrate Kylie’s life, we think of Ky Ky who loved being active and setting goals. We talk about Smiley Kylie’s contagious smile and vibrant laugh. We remember the way Ky observed others and meticulously took in the world around her. Ky Bear loved without limits. Baby Ky was always there to receive you. Keek was the last person to let go when she held your hand.
Mostly, we wish Kylie were still with us. Kylie loved the expression learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. Her family and friends will forever remember this message as we mourn the loss of sweet Kylie. We believe she is safe and at peace.