We little knew that morning God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone,
For a part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories; your love is still our guide.
And though we can not see you, you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
Kelsi Jordan Miller was born on October 29, 1985, to Lance and Debra Miller, in Odessa, Texas. Kelsi attended elementary school at Reagan in Odessa. Her family moved to Rankin where she attended Junior High and High School. She was a 2004 Honor Graduate. She was involved in numerous activities, including National Honor Society, Head Varsity Cheerleader, Basketball Captain, Class Vice President, Region 18 Outstanding GT Student, UTPB Beacon Award, 4-H Golden Clover Award, Best Actress in the One-Act Play, Pig Breed Champion, Heifer Breed Champion, Permian Basin 4-H Fair Scholarship, Sandhills Rodeo Scholarship, Little Miss Texas 1989 and she won many baton twirling contests. She was also involved in many community service projects, such as Meals on Wheels and Dress a Doll Project. She also would sew turbans for cancer patients and the Baby Bundle Project where she would sew blankets and diaper shirts to donate to hospitals.
Currently, Kelsi was working full time at Ector County Abstract Company; part time for Harrigans, and was pursuing her nurse practitioner degree at Odessa College and Texas Tech Health Science Center.
Kelsi was preceded in death by her grandmother Joyce Esmon, great grandmother, Pauline Burge and grandfather, D.A. Miller.
Kelsi is survived by her parents, Lance and Debra Miller, brother Dyron Miller, sister, Hayli Miller, grandmother, Yuvonne Miller of Odessa, grandparents, Bill and Eleanor Esmon of Flint, and her beloved beautiful chihuahuas Sugars and Jasmine.
Rankin High School Class Quote of 2004:
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday, October 11, 2008, in Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 12, 2008, at Mission Dorado Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Bratcher officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
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I never knew Kelsi Jordan Miller personally.. However, I came across her story online, and her uniquely striking beauty intrigued me to where I had to try and understand why and how such an amazing person would be taken away from everyone so fast. After reading, I still dont understand. Her journal entry had a list of some of her favorite things that made her happy She seemed to be very appreciative of the little things in life. She seemed to have a such a hopeful, optimistic spirit around others. I cant look at any of her pictures without being in awe of her kind, deep eyes. This part of her life was only another door opening, and she has SO MUCH to look forward to... God bless everyone who was lucky enough to have known her.
Raechel KitchensMemphis, TN
Kelsi, Its taken me a while to write on this guestbook because Im not quite ready to let you go. I think about you everyday. I miss seeing the bright orange mustang around town. It seems we seen each other on the streets at almost every red light, honk, roll down our windows and see how youre doing. Im going to miss that. You had so much going for you and had accomplished so much in your short life. I know now you are continuing your accomplishments in heaven and I have peace with that now. This is not a goodbye but Ill see you soon again. I miss you, Love, Rhonda
My prayers are with you.
Hollie Walters, AL
Sorry to hear about Kelsi. May God bless you.
KIRK ALEXANDERdfw, TX
Yvonne, I am so very sorry for the Loss of your families loved one your granddaughter I can remember when she was born how very proud that you were of her. May the Lord hold you close and give you the strength that I know you must need while walking through this valley.
Brenda McHaneyCheyenne, WY
Kelsi,First of all you were loved and will be missed dearly. You were a beautiful person not only outside but inside. You accomplished so much in such a short time you were here on Earth but I believe the best achievement of all is you accepting Jesus into your life. Kelsi you ARE in heaven and that brings comfort and peace. You will have everlasting life and we will all be together again. I am so proud of you and the goals you set for yourself. Your class saying about When I stand before God It was written with you in mind. I can picture you facing God and he smiling at you with his arms out to comfort you. You will have no more pain or tears. I love you.
LauraLa Grange, TX
KelsiIm not sure I will ever get over this. There is not a moment that passes I dont think about you and what happened. There are alot of unanswered questions we will never know but there are alot of memories that I will never forget. It seems like yesterday you were making fun of me bc I was so scared of ET when you would make me watch that when we were little girls or when me and Brittany would pick on you just bc you were younger than us. I am going to miss the times when we were in college and one of us or both of us would do something to get in trouble and you would tell your mom, she would call my mom, and then my mom would call me and yell at me or the other way around. I am so upset that I wont be able to walk into Express anymore and somehow see you there almost everytime. Its like we knew when each other would be at the mall bc we always seemed to be there at the same time. Holidays will never be the same without you. Im pretty sure we havent missed a holiday together since we were born. I cannot wait until I get to see you again one day in heaven. As soon as I get therelets go to the mall okay I am so blessed I had an awesome cousin and best friend like you. I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life. I LOVE YOU See ya soon
Kelsi, I love you, I will always love you, there hasnt been a day that I have not thought about you and your family and I will always think about you. Right now my heart hurts for you but one day God will take away all the pain and sadness and WE WILL see you again one day, Jill
We may not know you well or have ever met your oldest daughter but we understand your pain. We are praying for
your family to find comfort from God and those that he
sends your way in the coming days.
Tankersley FamilyIraan, TX
I didnt really know Kelsi all that well, but however, my brother and Kelsi were very, very close and my family was deeply affected by this sudden tragedy...I know that Kelsi is in a better place and it shall not be long till we meet again to spend eternity together. She will be missed dearly. We love you Kelsi.
Ben VaughnMonahans, TX
My husband and I stayed at the MCM Grande this past summer while attending a DJ reunion. Three of us went to Harrigans to eat Sat. afternoon, and I left the table after eating and happened into the bar, where I met Kelsi. I was so struck by how sweet and beautiful she was. We had quite a long conversation and upon leaving .... I felt I had met a true friend. I was so impressed by her beauty, sweetness and her ambition. So many young adults today have a hard time holding down just 1 job, yet she worked 2 and was pursuing a career and attending college too. I couldnt help but remember what my mother always said, Pretty is, as pretty does. And .... she was every bit of it. I am so sorry for your familys loss, but I know without any doubt, we will see her again. She was one of Gods true angels on earth.
My love prayers go out to your family,
Candy DrummondMidland, TX
I did not know Kelsi, but she has been a constant in my heart for the last several days. My prayers and thoughts are with Kelsis family and friends and as a fellow dog lover with her chihuahuas too.
Melanie Hohn and family
Melanie HohnMidland, TX
MY THOUGHTS PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING
THIS SPECIAL TIME.
ANITA SMITHIRAAN, TX
Youre in our thoughts.
Kevin Karen AllenIraan, TX
Lance, Debra,Yvonne and family,
My heart and prayers are with you at this incredibly sad time. I remember Kelsi, her beautiful smile, and engaging personality so well and was not at all surprised to read about her many accomplishments. She certainly fulfilled the Rankin High School Class Quote, and is now being celebrated, loved and cherished by our Father in heaven.
My love and pra,yers will continue to be with your family.
Barbara ScribnerOdessa, TX
My Deepest Condolences to yall at this time of sorrow Kelsi was a great person and will be greatly missed. May God bless you and your family.
Erik A. Lope
Erik A. LopezLubbock, TX
Lance and Debra, Im so sorry for your loss,you are in my prayers.i hope you know that God is with you.
Carolyn ShankleRankin, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Kelsi from when I was in 4H and played basketball in Ozona. We also went to several dances like the Harvest Ball in Big Lake, and we had some classes at OC together. She was a sweet girl, always smiling. About a month ago, Kelsi and I ran into each other when she came looking for an apartment at the complex where I work. May the Lord be with you in the coming days. God Bless you and your family.
Mica AaronGivensOdessa, TX
Our hearts and prayers are with the entire family during this time of such a tragic loss. Words cannot express our feelings at this time. Kelsi was a beautiful young lady who accomplished much in her very short life. It is apparent she touched the lives of many. Uncle Dan and Aunt Jan Esmon.
Dan Jan EsmonEufaula, OK
I did not know your daughter, but I do know she was a beautiful person. I cannot imagine the hurt you are feeling, just know that you are in our prayers.
Linda HudspethOdessa, TX
My deepest sympathy to the family you will be in my prayers
The LopezRamos family
Santiago RamosOdessa, TX
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE MILLER FAMILY. KELSI WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED BY EVERYONE AND DEARLY MISSED. SHE HAD A HEART OF GOLD AND NEVER MET A STRANGER.. IT IS HARD TO KNOW SUCH A PRESCIOUS WOMAN WAS TAKEN FROM HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, BUT GOD HAD OTHER PLANS AND NEEDED HER MORE WITH HIM THAN WE ALL DID.. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY...
Virginia Armendarez Ruppcopperas cove, TX
My heart goes out to you and your family Lance. I worked with you and your dad at the Main Post Office in Odessa.
Diana IngramOdessa, TX
Sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful, vibrant young woman. She would have been a wonderful nurse. I was very impressed by her last Saturday during clinical. She had such a hunger for knowledge and demonstrated empathy and caring toward the patients. May God wrap his arms around your family and give you strength during this difficult time.
Barbara Stoneodessa, TX
We are very sorry to hear about your loss.We are most definitly keeping you in our prayers.
May God Bless,
Barrera FamilyIraan, TX
I did not know your daughter, but the things I read about her tells a story of one of Gods Special Angels. Even though her young life was cut short, God had a plan for her from the day she was born.You all have my deepest sympathy, but know that Kelsi will forever be in your heart, in your smiles, in your tears, in your sun sets, when the sun rises, and in the beautiful stars that shine each night. God Bless you all.
My family I are praying for you. Kelsi was even more lovely inside than out would have been an awesome nurse. I enjoyed being in classes with her getting to know her even more this summer. I know your hearts are broken, and that our Lord will provide His peace comfort.
Carrie GreenOdessa, TX
Im real sorry to hear about the loss but just remember she is in a much better place now worrie free. May god bless you and yours
eric benavidezodessa, TX
there are no words to say how sorry i am to hear about your loss. my prayers are with you and your family.
Louise SmithOdessa, TX
Kelsi will be greatly missed at Odessa College. Her smile and gentle spirit will be missed in the classroom and Skills lab. May God grant you comfort and understanding on why he called Kelsi home so early in her life. Only God truely knows his plans for us and someday we will know the why.
Kelsi will be missed by the faculty at Odessa College
Durcilla WilliamsOdessa, TX
May Gods presence surround you.
Sorority sister of grandmother Yvonne Miller
Bonita MooreMonahans, TX
Our hearts are hurting so much for you. I pray God will give you strength and hope. May the memories of your precious Kelsi bring you comfort, and please know how much we are praying for you.
Dean Deb McMullanIraan, TX
I want you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very saddened by your tragedy, and continually pray that God will comfort you in this time of sorrow. I am here for you, and always will be.
Vicki MintzIraan, TX
Debra, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I pray that God will somehow give you and your family a peace that passes all understanding. I am praying for you. I am so very sorry. I know you are hurting. May God be with you all and help you through this very hard time. I love you, Pam
Pam Gortney LittleWaco, TX
I did not know Kelsi or your family. I just wanted to share my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Your family will be in my prayers at this most difficult of times. She was a beautiful girl and taken from you much too soon. May God bless you and give you peace.
Fellow Odessa ResidentOdessa, TX
Miller family please know all of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers at this tragic time. Kelsi was a beautiful person inside and out. May God give yall strength and comfort.
Raymond and Ceneesa QuiggRankin, TX
Kelsi I will miss u greatly I hope you are an angel in heaven in a better place. I have suffered great pain and all that you have left behind like you car, clothes, makeup, and your dogs I will have it will remind me of the good old days when you were around. I hope you didnt have you feel much pain. I have enjoyed being your little sister. I love you greatly and I will miss u greatly. LATERZ
Hayli J MillerIraan, TX
Our love and prayers are with you in the loss of your beautiful daughter. We know your hearts are heavy
and overtaken with sadness.
Kelsi is gone but will never be forgotten. Each day will bring a special memory of the precious time you were able to spend with Kelsi. Cherish your memories.
Don Hylance MahanOdessa, AL
Anthony and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to they family. Hayli, I know it seems hard right now, but it cant stay dark always. Remember, God needs beautiful flowers too. May God continue to give you strength each day. Keep the faith and God will surley bless and keep each of you is our prayer.
Anthony Pamela King
Pamela KingIraan, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time..
Savannah PorterOdessa, TX
We are heartbroken over your loss of such a beautiful and caring daughter. She truly shined Jesus love in her eyes and smile. You are in our thoughts in prayers at this time of sorrow. Our faith teaches us that this is a short seperation and we will be united again in Our Fathers kingdom.
God bless you and give you peace
De La Pena FamilyMidkiff/Rankin/Midland, TX
May God bring your family peace and comfort at this time that only he can give. We will miss Kelsi at Ector County Abstract. She was a very sweet and beautiful young lady. We will see her again one day in Glory.
Rebecca DuckworthOdessa, TX
Please accept our sympathy for the loss of your daughter. As you grieve, know that we are remembering you in our prayers.
Jim and Karen SchneiderIraan, TX
I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. She will be missed at Ector County Abstract.
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.
Connie MossCollege Station, TX
Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lori HuffOdessa, TX
I didnt know your family but my heart breaks for your beautiful family at this very difficult time. May God, hold you in his arms and convert you to help you heal your broken hearts. Here is a lovely poem I read awhile back when I had a loved one pass. It brought some convert to me, as I hope it does for you. Blessings....
LETTER FROM HEAVEN
To my dearest family, some things Id like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
Im writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, theres no more tears of sadness
Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because Im out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, I welcome you.
Its good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, Theyll be here later on.
I need you here badly, youre part of my plan.
Theres so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry: It does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldnt understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
Im closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and Id like it for you too
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody whos in sorrow and pain
Then you can say to God at night......My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented....that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When youre walking down the street
and youve got me on your mind
Im walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when its time for you to go....from that body to be free.
Remember youre not going.....youre coming here to me.
Tx MomOdessa, TX
We are sorry for your tragic lose, our hearts ache for you all.
Scott,Kelly,Cydney and Taylor Sachse
Kelly and Scott SachseOdessa, TX
Debra and Lance Pauline would talk often about her grandkids so I feel like I knew everyone of you. I want you to know that my Love and prayers have been with you this week and will continue. May all of you feel His Lovings arms around you. Love, Leonora
Leonora JonesOdessa, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you family in this very hard time. We are so sorry for your lose. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
LazaroGuadalupe Garcia and family
Lazaro GarciaMidkiff, TX
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are not alone. There are many caring hearts in Iraan. You are ever in our thoughts and our prayers are with you. God bless you
Keith and Bobbie JohnsonIraan, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need.
Sissy Benny GoffIraan, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking and praying for you and your family.
Nancy HusseyOdessa, TX
Im so sorry for your loss. Kelsi has grown into a beautiful young lady and her life has ended much too soon. May God be with each of you during this difficult time. God Bless
Judy ThomasonKyle, TX
We are so sorry for your loss.
Mickey Brenda PerryIraan, TX
thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
Blake AndrewsIraan, TX
I am truly sorry for your loss and my prayers are ith you.
April Akers, AL
Our hearts are broken We love you and are praying for Gods strenght and peace. See you Sunday. If you need anything let me know. Love Sheila
bryant and Sheila HarrisIraan, TX
Kelsi was a beautiful girl and a special blessing from God to you. There is no possible way to understand this tragedy, but surely there is a grand reunion taking place in Heaven with her loved ones who preceded her and loved her so much. My son, her cousin Greg Esmon, is there too and I believe they are in a better place even though the whole in our hearts leaves us so sad. My prayers are with you. Love you, Aunt Carolyn
Carolyn EsmonCyril, OK
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Deanna JordanIraan, TX
We are thinking of you.
Mike Mary Jo JerniganItaan, TX
Our hearts are broken for you in this time of sorrow. We are holding you up in prayer for comfort and a peace that only comes from God.
Mike and Stacey MeekIraan, TX
We are so distraught over this we cant even imagine the hurt you guys are feeling, but rest assured God is with you in this time and we are praying for you and yours.
Lupe RivasIraan, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kirke and Lois Ann McKenzieIraan, TX