Kayla was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Arizona when she was three years of age. She went to school in the Gilbert Public Schools and ended up homeschooling her senior year due to autoimmune difficulties. She worked for her dad as an emergency call operator, eventually received her Certified Nursing Assistant and in her final years, had started her own personal cleaning services.
Preceded in death were her maternal grandparents, Ray (Evelyn) and Idella; her paternal grandmother, Donna.
She is survived by her daughter, Joelle; her parents, Todd and Kim; her sister, Angela and her son, Logan; her brother, Colton, his wife, Madelynn, and their two children, Jameson and Marigold; Paternal Grandfather, Chuck; eleven aunts/uncles and their beautiful families.
The greatest joy of Kayla’s life was her beautiful daughter. They would spend hours together making crafts, playing games, shopping, shopping and shopping (did we say shopping?). They loved cuddle time, outings, a good roller coaster ride and very frequent “just a couple of girls” pampering times.
Kayla was a very vivacious woman. She could light up a room with her smile and had a huge sense of humor. She was an accomplished prankster and her father was her relentless target. She made sure to teach her daughter the art of “prankstership”. She loved family and friends’ gatherings and the joy and laughter those memories created.
Her love for horses was intense, whether it was a beautiful trail ride in the desert mountains or jumping fences. The peace of simply spending time with her horses (Girly and Convoy) was very therapeutic to her. Unfortunately, that was cut short due to joint pain and she shifted her energy into the kitchen, learning new recipes, baking pies and cupcakes.
Kayla loved the Lord and He was her refuge. She will forever remain in our hearts and we look forward to reuniting one day in Heaven.
“Save a place for me – we’ll see you soon”