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In Loving Memory Of 

        October 12, 1986 – June 10, 2004

This site is dedicated in memory of our baby girl who went home to be with the Lord after a car accident two weeks before her HS graduation. 


Every Minute That I Breathe

by Jana Alayra

Photos on the mantle I won’t change
For they still remind me of a day 
You filled our hearts with laughter and your smile
How we loved you, for a while
The day came in the blinking of an eye
When suddenly we had to say goodbye
As you were soaring homeward through the blue
Part of me went right along with you
Every time I hear you in my mind
Though my heart weeps, my soul takes flight to the place
Where you are, somewhere far beyond the farthest star
Now every minute that I breathe, you live what I believe
You gave me so much more than joy
In you I saw a reason for each morn
In a world unwinding as it spun,
Holding you would make me still again
Many say your days with us were too few
But they were numbered by the Lord for you
A message of your life remains through time
Jesus gave you everlasting life
Every time I hear you in my mind
Though my heart weeps, my soul takes flight to the place
Where you are, somewhere far beyond the farthest star
Now every minute that I breathe, you live what I believe
One day I will see Jesus come for me
No one knows the hour He will come
I will fall at His feet for all He’s done for me
Then straight into your arms I’ll run
Every time I see you dancing through my mind
Though I long to hold you, my soul takes flight to the place
Where you live, to watch you sing and dance what would I give
Now every minute that I breathe, you live what I believe 

Excerpts from Jennifer's journal while she was in Jamaica volunteering at a Children's Home can be read by clicking here

   Forever 17

"Special" 4 x's

Tributes and Condolences
Never forgotten   / Jackie Gibbons
I never forget that day it was announced at school. You and I ran in similar groups of friends and went through peer mediation back in middle school. I always remembered our retreat. You would sit at the piano and play at brake times while at the ret...  Continue >>
I'm sorry   / Samantha Moran (Friend)
I wish I had spent more time with jenn before I had moved! She was such a good friend! I wish I would have wrote more! She was like a big sister and understood me when things went wrong! My biggest memory was not only JROTC but the fun we had on the ...  Continue >>
Remembering You Always   / Janeane Bricker
 Remembering your beautiful Jenny as this sad anniversary date arrives. All my love to you and Paul and Jamie <3        
dear jen   / Carissa Thompson (. Greene) (friend)
dear jen im so sorry i havent written you before now. these past 6 years have been really hard for me. i think about you all the time and wish so badly that i could have just been able to see you one last time before you left us. you always brought s...  Continue >>
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY GIRL   / Janeane Bricker (touched by an angel )
Thinking of beautiful Jennifer  / Teri Drebit (Angel Mom Of Jaime)     Read >>
Merry Christmas Pumpkin!  / Mama Kelly     Read >>
Thanksgiving / Mama Kelly (Mom)    Read >>
Great News!  / Mama Kelly (Mom)    Read >>
happy birthday lil sis  / Ted Youngs (brother-in-law)    Read >>
Happy 23rd Birthday  / Mama     Read >>
Another Birthday  / Nana &. Poppie Miller (Grandparents)    Read >>
Jamie & Jennifer Sisters & Best Friends Always  / Janeane Bricker     Read >>
Your so beautiful  / Janeane Bricker     Read >>
Thinking Of You  / Janeane Bricker     Read >>
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Her legacy
Jennifer's Poems  

click here to read some of the poems that Jen has written:



When you feel a gentle breeze
Caress you when you sigh
It's a hug sent from Heaven
From a loved one way up high.

If a soft and tender raindrop
Lands upon your nose
They've added a small kiss
As fragile as a rose.

If a song you hear fills you
With a feeling of sweet love
It's a hug sent from Heaven
From someone special up above.

If you awaken in the morning
To a bluebird's chirping song
It's music sent from Heaven
To cheer you all day long.

If tiny little snowflakes
Land upon your face
It's a hug sent from Heaven
Trimmed with Angel lace.

So keep the joy in your heart
If you're lonely my dear friend
Hugs that are sent from Heaven
A broken heart will mend.
by Charlotte Anselmo ©
Used by permission



It's been a year, a long year, Jen

Since we last saw your dear face.

How we made it through thus far

Was only by God’s grace.

Through every moment of every day

We longed to have you near,

To laugh, to share and plan with you

And your lovely voice to hear.

But, O our Lord had other thoughts,

And called you to His side;

He welcomed you with all His love

While His arms were opened wide.

And now you’re walking Heaven’s streets,

We know you’re happy there;

This calms our fears and gives us peace

To know you’re in God’s care.

We miss you more than we can say

So we’ve asked our Lord above

From Mom and Dad and Jamie too.

To give you all our love.

You can’t come back to us we know,

But we can go to you;

We’ll keep that thought close to our hearts-

Seeing you and Jesus too!

Until that day keep singing Jen,

It’s only for awhile

Then we’ll join you around God’s Throne;

Now that thought brings a smile! 

(Thank You Lord for giving us the joy, if only for a few years of being the parents and sister of our beautiful Jen)

Written by: Birdie Milley June 10, 2005


Poems from friends and family  

Remember Jennifer
There's an empty cloud
that hangs in the air
Trying to fill in the spaces
remembering her there

Sweet tarts and goldfish
somethings she left behind
So we talk and eat them
while she races through our minds

Wishing for the past
wanting to make a change
No matter how hard we try
this truth still remains

Wanting to let go
and at the same time hold on
Reading about her story
not believing she is gone

Hoping she is happier
in another place
Looking down on us
with a smile on her face
In Loving Memory of
Jennifer Nicole Kelly
October 12, 1986 - June 10, 2004

By Christie Schneider

~jennifer nicole kelly~
June 10, 2004
"It's kind of hard with you not around
Know you in heaven smilin down
Watchin us while we pray for you
Every day we pray for you
Til the day we meet again
In my heart is where I'll keep you friend
Memories give me the strength I need to proceed
Strength I need to believe
My thoughts big I just can't define
Wish I could turn back the hands of time"

In Memory of Jennifer Kelly

We cry, we weep, we sit, we stand,
We grieve and mourn, this
semblance of reality
The question blisters our lips
As we ask it now:
"Why dear God? This isn't fair,
It can't be true and it's not right,
She was like a flower bud picked before
She blossomed."

We mourn for those sweet few years
but we also grieve for those un-reached too.

We cry, we weep, we sit, we stand,
Time cheated such a sweet girl from becoming
the great person everyone saw her to be.
Tears now dampen eyelashes,
A tightness chokes our throats
And sobs escape and resound off our lips
When beautiful memories rush before our eyes...
Of her...
A plucked flower,
A girl stopped by death.

We loved her so we cry,
"Why dear God? This isn't fair,
And it isn't right!"
Why her - we can only ask
Why now, why her...why? Why? Why?
It's just unfair.
It's too sad to be true.

So we cry, we weep, we sit, we stand,
And we wait for more tears
To inevitably fall.
Her memory was too rich and beautiful,
To really be kept out of mind for long.
Death comes to all.
But with her didn't it come too soon? Didn't it?
Our anger, sadness, and estrangement bubble,
They swell like a tear in our eyes,
And so we ask again,
"Why dear God? It isn't fair,
and it isn't right."
Wasn't it too short?
Wasn't it too quick?
We miss her laugh and her smile.

And we cry, we weep, we sit, we stand,
And listen to something we weren't expecting.
What is God's answer?
Where does it lie?
It's somewhere inside us
Perhaps from long, long ago,
When we heard the words,
"Heaven's so much more amazing than Earth!"

When we remember the loss of Jen from us,
We are forced to remember her gain,
She will never cry again,
Never more shall she weep,
She is in Heaven now, O' God,
This I know,
Her years will be long and sweet forever
And God will wipe all the tears
From her eyes.

We loved her before,
Now we'll love her from afar,
We may cry,
But at least we know she laughs,
We may weep,
But now we know she smiles,
We may grieve,
But we know she is joyous.

God, please, please take good care, of our dear friend,
Way above the clouds and our tears.

Anonymous (student from Jen's H.S. journalism class)

Hold Me Lord

In the silence of this moment
Lord, I'm reaching out to You,
For You know how much I love You
Yet You know I'm hurting too.
You understand me, don't you Lord,
When you see my falling tears?
Oh, it gives me such a comfort
To know my heart You'll hear.
I need you Lord to hold me close
As you hold our sweet Jen too;
Let her know that while we miss her
We know she's safe with You.

The time that she was with us Lord
Seemed such a little while,
But knowing that she loved You so
Just makes my sad heart smile.
We know that Heaven's a brighter place
As Jen shines and sings her praise;
And we will one day share that joy
When we've lived out our days.
Until that day - that Glorious Day
We'll pray this solemn prayer
That while we work and watch and wait
We'll leave her in Your care.

Birdie Milley - June 2004

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