The Kylene Privett Memorial Page

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. ~ Pericles

Kylene Privett passed away on August 13, 2007. She was 23 years old. Services were held on August 18 at Pierce Funeral Home, after which she was interred in Stonewall Memory Gardens Cemetery, appropriately in the section labelled "Garden of Angel." (Click here for directions to and information on her gravesite.)

Kylene was a very special young woman in every sense of the word. She chronicled the milestones of her life that she felt were important in her own web page, which she was updating shortly before her death. You may view her web page by clicking here.

You may view a video slideshow of Kylene by clicking here. This slideshow was created by LifeTime Productions and was played during her viewing.

You may view (and sign, if you wish) an online guest book by clicking here. My wife Vonnie and I wish to thank all those who take the time to sign and for any kind thoughts they wish to leave.

Kylene's High School Senior Picture from 2003
Kylene Privett
Dec 14, 1983 - Aug 13, 2007

During the services, the following eulogy was delivered in her honor:

No Ordinary Daughter

Our daughter Kylene was born with spina bifida - which prevented her walking - and hydrocephalus - where unshunted cerebral fluid tried to crowd out her brain. Because of this latter condition and the surgeries required to correct it, the doctors warned us that she may not be able to learn as "ordinary" people do.

They were right.

Whereas over time "ordinary" people learn to restrain their feelings and to temper their affections, Kylene always gave her heart openly and freely. Her love was unreserved and unconditional.

Unconditional too was her forgiveness. Whereas many "ordinary" people learn to grow callous over the years, and when wronged, learn to hold grudges or qualify their forgiveness when an offending party apologizes, Kylene was always ready to forgive and forget.

Also, some "ordinary" people, seeing Kylene, wheelchair bound as she was, might feel sorry for her. But Kylene never learned to feel sorry for herself. She never stopped challenging her boundaries or pushing at the envelope. She never learned to give up.

No. This was no "ordinary" person. Kylene was extraordinary. Perhaps she did not learn the things that more ordinary people learn. But what's more important than the things she did not learn were the things that she taught: her capacity for love, her willingness to forgive, her determination to overcome. No, Kylene. You were far from ordinary. You humble me, my daughter. No father could be prouder of his child than I am of you. And whenever I grow up, I hope I can be more like you. Thank you for blessing our lives for the past twenty-three years, my angel. Fly free now, as you wing your way to bless those that you meet in Heaven.

Here are some poems that we found which we felt were particularly applicable to Kylene:

Kylene loved collecting homophones. She would have liked to share these.

Online correspondence may be directed to

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This page was last updated February 28, 2013.

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