Kelsey Jean Roys, 11, went home to heaven on Wednesday, January 23, 2008. Her memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 2, at the South Side Baptist Church, 1425 South 7th.
Kelsey, known lovingly as PeeWee by her family, was born on October 19, 1996 in Abilene and has braved the fight of cancer for the majority of her life. A fourth grader at Tye Elementary, she never let her illness get in the way of enjoying life. She loved her cats, horses, riding her go cart and was willing to try just about anything. Kelsey attended South Side Baptist Church.
Survivors include her parents, Dale and Sandra Roys of Merkel; her sister, Lisa Roys of Merkel; grandparents, Shirley Roys of Merkel, Ken Black of Merkel, Pat and Don Boyd of Baird; great grandmother, Pauline Black of McKeesport, Pennsylvania; aunts uncles, Jeniffer Randy Salyers of Abilene; Melissa Jason Hummel of Abilene; Benny Rusti Roys of Azle; and her cousins, JJ, Sierra, Coltyn, Rebecca, Jacob, and Anicia.
There are no words to express your loss.Our prayers are with all of you.
Gootee Familyabilene, TX
In this time of your grief I hope you can remember all the smiles and laughter that she had with you and provided to you.
Larry BlackStahlstown, PA
All my immediate family were sadden to hear of the passing of their little cousin. We would like to show our support and our deepest condolences to Sandy,Lisa Dale.
George BlackVa Beach, VA
It is hard for someone of my age to be leave that someone so young has been taken from us. I hope that she is at peace now.
Pauline BlackMcKeesport, PA
May God sustain your family and know that Kelsey is so happy in the arms of Jesus. Ive known about her illness from her sweet Grandmotherand Grandfather,Pat and Don Boyd. She was the most beautiful baby Ive ever seen and also a beautiful little girl, inside and out. May God bless your family. Donna Weldon
Be comforted in this....Kelsey doesnt have to fight anymore. God has completely healed her Although the pain of not having her healed here is difficult, rest assured that she is now: pain free, cancer free, medicine free, tube free, doctor free, hospital free, and just FREE to run, jump, play, laugh, and be scooped up in the arms of her Savior whos saying to her Well done My good and faithful servant. Well done Kelsey, well done.
Russ and Carolyn RogersAbilene, TX
God received a special angle in Kelsey. Our thoughts and prays go with you in this time or sadness. My God give you the peace of mind to get you through this.
Velma Charles KeyBaird, TX
Our Prayers are with you
Trey, Leann, Jacob and Osten DowningAbilene, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My mom worked with Dale and I knew of Kelsey. I am a mother of an angel and i know how it hurts.Please if you need anything let me know.
LoriHulseHooper FamilyAbilene, TX
Our love and Thoughts are with you
Alice Warren HulseAbilene, TX
Your family remains in our thoughts and prayers. Kelsey was a lovely ray of sunshine at Tye Elementary and just seeing her smile brought joy to everyone around her. We hope that you find comfort in Gods peace.
Pang Parra FamilyMerkel, TX
Dale, Sandy and Lisa,
Kelsey was very special , she was very brave and a fighter..
she will always be in our heart. May God Bless .
Uncle John aunt kat
John Kathleen ZadoraWaterbury, CT
Dale, Sandra and Lisa,
Sandra and Dale, it was a pleasure to finally meet your sweet family. We had the privelege of meeting Lisa this summer and had a wonderful time with her in Tennessee. Please know we are holding your family close to our hearts in prayer . We truly believe God will comfort you and take care of you during this time. Take comfort in knowing that death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Lisa BarnesTammy Kokes sister, TN
Sandra and Family:
I am sorry for your loss. Kelsey was a inspiration to many, as were you. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Adrianna ContrerasRodriquezAbilene, TX
From all of us at DarlingMouser Funeral Home of Brownsville, Texas, our most sincere condolences to Ken Black on the loss of your granddaughter. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Juan GallegosBrownsville, TX
We share your pain and rejoice in the hope we share wiht Kelsey in the LordThe God of all comfort and compassion. We have been praying for you
Sandra and family,
Im so sorry to hear about Kelsey. I know this is a tremendous loss to all of you, but I also know you are rejoicing knowing that she is cancer free and running around in Heaven. She had such a radiant smile We will be praying for you and your family.
Yelm FamilyValdosta, GA
Please know my prayers are with all of you at this time. I never had the chance to teach Kelsey at Tye, but always loved seeing her smile. It brought a smile to my face when I saw yall celebrating her birthday at Mr. Gattis last fall. Ill ask God to wrap His arms of comfort around you as He is doing with Kelsey right now.
Karen JohnsColorado City, TX
We have not meet. My name is Danny Lewis from Resthaven in Baton Rouge, La. We work for Legacy together. I am sorry to here about you Granddaughter. From here picture she looked like a lovely girl. Like we tell our families we are not supposed bury our Children or grandchildren. Know that she is at PEACE now so you dont have to worry about her anymore. You and your Family are in my prayers. I hope one day to meet you.
Sincerely, Danny Lewis
Danny LewisBaton Rouge, LA
Kelsey was such an inspiration to everyone. She always had a smile on her face. I nicknamed her Sunshine because she was always so radiant and happy as she walked in the hallways of our building. Though she is gone from us I will always cherish her sweet memories. May God bless you and your family.
Donna CasperTye, TX
Kelsey was an incredibly special girl. I feel blessed that I was able to know this sweet little girl who was so full of life. Dale, Sandy, and Lisa: you are all in my thoughts. Please let me know if you need anything at all. With love, Elizabeth
Elizabeth ZadoraColumbia, MD
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that glow I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain: I am the gentle autumns rain. When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there I did not die.
This is how we feel about Kelsey. She stays in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives.
Granny Pappy, TX
Dale, Sandra and Lisa,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sadness, may God give you the strength to carry on and hold all the wonderful and precious memories that she brought to your family. Thank you for sharing Kelsey with all of us. She will be missed.
Love and God Bless Waylon, Stacy and Family
Waylon and Stacy Holan and FamilyWichita Falls, TX
We are sorry for your loss, Kelsey was a strong little girl with a big heart and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Brandy Stephen KirklandBair, TX
Kelsey was a loving, caring and a very special friend of ours. We will miss her every day and know that she would have wanted to be here with us. Classes, gym and tag on the play ground will never be the same with out her. We know that she is in a better place and is not hurting anymore. She went through a lot of pain and we know that she we would us to rember all the fun times and not think about the bad.
We love and Miss you Jessica and Jolie Pollock
We promise to remeber you and will finish our 4th grade year with you in out hearts
Jolie and JessicaABILENE, TX
To Kelseys family. I wanted to thank all of you for allowing me to be a small part of Kelseys beautiful life. The first time I met Kelsey at the Halloween Party I knew that the Lord had brought her to me for a reason. The Lord knew that I needed to know Kelsey to be able to know if I would be able to handle working with children with cancer. I have learned through Kelsey to smile everyday no matter how bad it may get, and to live life to the fullest. I wish that I could have spent more time with Kelsey and had more fun singing our silly songs, but she will always have a place in my heart, and I will always have her story to tell to the children that I work with that are suffering through cancer as well to always smile and sing everyday.
P.S. Sandra just so you know me and Kelseys best friend necklace is still around my neck. Let me know if there is anything that you need.
Brittany Stone, AL
I am a close friend to Jeniffer Salyers and we work together. I never met Kelsey but have heard many wonderful things about her and her family. My prayers are with her and her family. Kelsey is with the Lord now God Bless all of you
Suzanne PilcherAbilene, TX
Sandra, Dale Shirley and other grandparents. Lisa,and uncles and aunts. I am sadden to hear of Kelseys death. I know she was a fighter. When I would see her in Walmarts she was always jolly. She was a lovely child. Uncle Bob and I love yall.
Bob and Billie RoysTye, TX
Ken, you and your family are in our prayers at this time of sadness. We are thinking of you. from your sister company in Hobbs,NM
chapel of hope funeral homehobbs, NM
As I looked in the paper today I saw a sad sight. I am so sorry for your loss. Kelsey was always my faviote on my caseload when I worked at ABC. She always smiled and enjoyed our times. I always looked forward to seeing her every week. I saw her not long ago at Tye truck stop with her grandmother. She was smiling then and laughing.She put a good fight and always keep smiling. she will be missed. I loved her and aam so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during these hard times. Love Gayle Conley
Gayle ConleyAnson, TX
prayers and deepest sympothy. God Bless You
Teresa BaidasClyde, TX
Ashley and I would like to say we love Kelsey very much
My daughter and I sit just 2 rows behind yall as we had to move from Abilene Ashley I still keep Kelsey in our prays every day Kelsey was so warm and caring for others around her, when talking to her you could almost forget the pain she was in because she would always ask Ashley about others that she didnt see or would ask about Ashley when she was out. During services you would look up and see her turn around smiling at all of us behind her and she would wave bye to us each time the service was over. It has been such a joy to have got to know Kelsey and each one of yall May our prays be with each one of you Love Tina Ashley McCubbins
Tina Ashley McCubbinsMineola, TX
As I think of all of the hardships that you all have been through, I am so content that Kelsey is in a much better place. She was such a strong and sweet little girl. She is my hero and you guys are inspiration to us all with the love and caring that you have given to her throughout her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love The Sykes Family
Shane, Tracy, Casey and Mick
Tracy SykesArgyle, TX
Kelsey was in my Early Childhood class at Tye for a short time before I moved out of state. She was such a ray of sunshine in our class and brought me a lot of joy. She was a strong little girl who fought hard for a long time. Dale, Sandra, and Lisa, we are praying for your family during this hard time. Thank you for sharing Kelsey with me. She was a real blessing.
Kelly KittsGranbury, TX
She will be greatly missed. She was an inspiration to all of us as an individual and a member of our family.
Benny Rusti RoysAzle, TX
Our deepest sympathy.
Skip Montet and Staff
LafondArdoin Funeral HomeOpelousas, LA
Kelsey has always held a special place in my heart and she always will. She was my little pet in class and could have gotten away with just about anything. I still have a flower pot that she decorated for me a few years ago as well as a blanket that she made for me and everytime I look at them, I will think of Kelsey. I am going to miss her.
Jason ManryAbilene, TX
A million times weve needed you
A million times weve cried
If Love Alone could have saved you
You never would have died.
If all the world was ours to give
We would give it yes and more
To see you coming up the steps and walking through the door
To hear your voice, To see your smile
To sit and talk with you a while,
To be with you the same old way would be our fondest day
A heart of gold stopped beating
Two smiling eyes closed to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best
Melissa Fraley, TX
You all have been through so much. And now Kelsey is SO at peace. May God bless you and give you strength. We will miss Kelsey She was one of our kids here at Tye. Lisastay strong You have many people who are there for you
Fraley familyAbilene, TX
Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Kelsey Jean. We all here know her grandfather Ken and feel his loss. May God guide you through this most difficult time will be our prayer.
Bill Vallie and the Staff at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home
Bill VallieOdessa, TX
On behalf of the entire staff at Ardoins Funeral Home we would like to offer you and your family our most sincere condolences for your loss.
ARDOINS FUNERAL HOMEEunice, LA
Ken we are so sorry for your loss, just remember we love you and will do whatever we can to help you through this difficult time. Love youLea Ann
Lea Ann Wall and familyAbilene, TX
May God bless you in your time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.
The Staff of James F. Webb Funeral HomeNewton, MS
Our prayers are with you at this hard time in you and your families life
Ardoins Funeral HomeMamou, LA
We love you guys. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are with you now and always.
J.R. Ruth HollisAbilene, TX
Kelsey was such a joy and blessing to have as a student at Tye Elementary. We all shall miss her. I pray Gods blessings on her entire family.
Mrs. Cheryl PetersonTye, TX
Kelsey was such a special little girl I am so thankful I had the chance to get to know her in our class. She was our little sunshine with all those boys.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of need. I know the Lord will comfort and give you the strength you need during this time.
Kelsey has touched so many hearts. I am so glad she touched mine. Thanks for the hugs and memories you gave me, Kelsey
Judy ElliottMerkel, TX
My words cannot express how I feel for Kelseys family. Kelsey was a joy to be around. She could bring me up whenever I was down just by grinning at me or teasing me at school. I missed her joy when she was absent. She will be missed very much but she is full in the richness of eternal life now and free from sickness and pain. My prayers have been and will continue for her family.
Donna WheelerAbilene, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with yall.
Shana Parker Tye Elem.Merkel, VT
You have been in my thoughts and prayers for such a long time, and you will continue to be. We loved Kelsey so much and will miss her sweet smile. Susan Aston
Susan Aston, TX
my prayers are with all of you. My daughter, passed away in 1997 from cancer, and she was a fifth grade teacher. She loved children this age so I know they are having a good time in heaven tight now.
Do not let your heart be troubled.........In my Fathers house are many dwelling places...... I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:12 Love, in Christ, cindy turner
cindy turnerabilene, TX
I will miss Kelcey here at Tye. She always brought sunshine
to our room full of mean ole boys. Tye elementary is a
better place because of Kelce.
brenda papemerkel, TX
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please know if there is anything we can do for you please ask. You have got a great big extended family at South Side that loves and cares for your family very deeply.
Belinda NeaseAbilene,, TX
There is not much that we can say to comfort you, but you know that we love you and will do anything we can for you.
We will continue to pray for you and your whole family.
Ronny and June Salyers, AL
Ken, I am so sorry for the lost of your granddaughter, Kelsey. I send my deepest condolences. I pray peace and blessing over your family during this time but remember her life has just began and the heavens are now richly blessed with her presence. Psalms 23:4 Stay Blessed
Debra GauthierHouston, TX
Yet I did not know Kelsey very well or the family, I know how special she was to everybody that crossed her path. She was so sweet and always smiling. I know that your family is very special to my family Jack and Karen Smith. We will always keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott,Kayla,Madisyn, Dylan SlackAbilene, TX
Ken you are in my prayers and words cannot describe the pain that you are feeling but God knows best. the bible tells us that, Again the arms of our Savior have opened to a child whom He has claped to Himself in tenderest love. He has instructed us to let the little children come to Him not to hinder them. The going of this one so dear to our hearts has brought heaven nearer.
We Love U and God Bless
Lizzie MorrisBrown Family
LIZ MORRISBROWNABILENE, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We wish we could be at the memorial, but we will have to be out of town moving our son and his family that weekend.
Jack Karen SmithAbilene, TX
Sandra and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Kelsey will always been an inspiration to me. She was a fighter and an amazing little girl with a smile that would light up the world. Even those times she came into the hospital sick, she still laughed and found the bright side of it all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Casey Wasson former Meek Childrens nurse
Casey WassonAbilene, TX