Kaylee Kampschroeder was only 8 years old, but she touched many hearts during her short life.
The little girl died in July after being injured in a fall while riding her bicycle.
We offer our condolences to Kaylee’s family and many friends in this time of loss, and we join a grateful community in thanking those who have organized events to celebrate her life.
The news of Kaylee’s loss left her neighbors in Krugerville and Aubrey shaken, and many residents have showed her family support by placing pink ribbons on their homes and by wearing pink ribbons to work and school.
Pink was Kaylee’s favorite color, teachers and friends told us.
On Saturday, a ceremony hosted by the city of Krugerville and close friends of the Kampschroeder family was scheduled at Krugerville Park. The ceremony featured the dedication of a park bench in Kaylee’s memory.
Audrey Shipley, a Krugerville Community Development Corporation member, said an inscription on the bench reads: “Dedicated on 09/14/2013 In Loving Memory of Kaylee Kampschroeder.”
She said that someone also donated a tree to be planted in the park in the girl’s honor.
Shipley and others have told us that they’ve been impressed by the amount of support generated to honor Kaylee and help her family.
“Our small community is full of great people, and the park bench idea was born from wanting to do something to honor Kaylee,” Shipley said. “It really is quite extraordinary how many different people that one young little 8-year-old touched.”
Family friend Scott Hite described the 8-year-old as a caring girl with a big heart.
“Kaylee liked to ride her bike with her friends and family,” he said. “She often rode or hiked with her father on local bike trails.”
Just days before her death, Hite said, she texted him to tell his daughter good luck in her track meet.
Kaylee was a bright young lady with a smile and a hug for everyone, said Connie Lott, principal at Brockett Elementary School.
Lott said Kaylee was an excellent student as well as a friend to all she met.
“We adorned the school with pink bows in her memory and will be implementing a butterfly garden in our outdoor classroom in her honor,” Lott said. “The area for the butterflies will be called Kaylee’s Corner. In the corner, currently, is a plant that Kaylee and her father planted when we first put the outdoor classroom into place.”
Those who knew Kaylee best have told us that she was a very caring and sensitive little girl who was always thinking of others, and it is fitting that her neighbors have chosen to follow her example to celebrate her life and honor her memory.
At a time like this, actions speak so much louder than words, and the caring attitude of those who knew Kaylee Kampschroeder should serve as an inspiration to all.