Written by Kerry Kelly (Class of 1977)
On behalf of my mom and my sisters, it is with broken hearts that we must tell you that Dayna Lynn, Mom’s youngest daughter, and our baby sister, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, September 4th, of natural causes brought on by coronary heart disease. Although Dayna had been ill on and off over the last couple of months, there was no knowledge of the seriousness of her health, or any indication that she had heart disease. Dayna would have turned 39 on September 9th.
Dayna has always been, will always be, the love of our lives; she was our confidant, our cheerleader, the one who kept us together at the times in our lives we needed that. She brought great joy and love to all who knew her – her family, her very special friend, Ward Ray, and her many, many co-workers and dear friends over the years. Please find a special place in your heart to keep this beautiful woman close always, and to cherish what she gave to each of us.
On Sunday, September 8th, we had a ‘Celebration of Life’ with all of those in Dallas who knew her, along with her former co-workers from Amazon who came from Coffeyville, KS and Campbellsville, KY. We said our good-bye to her on her birthday, and gave her over to her dad to watch over us all. Her ashes were scattered with Joe’s over the Straits of Juan de Fuca on September 20th. On September 28th, we celebrated her life with all of those who knew her in Washington and from places further away, where, again, she touched so many.
The family is coping the best that we can after such an unexpected and devastating blow. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we learn to live without such a miracle as Dayna.