TRAVERSE CITY — Have you ever met someone who was always so happy and full of laughter? Someone who dances into a room and the entire space swells with joy? Yeah, the person you want to slap for being so chipper all the time. Well, that’s our Kelly and honestly, no one could deny that she had a way about her that made you fall instantly in love with her. Maybe it was the colorful tutus that adorned her waist on any given occasion, or maybe it was her infectious laugh and occasional snort. Perhaps Kelly nailed it when she described herself on Facebook saying, “I don’t judge others. I say if you feel good with what you’re doing, let your freak flag fly. I’m a ridiculous human being with a sunny disposition.”
Kellyann Hurlbert, tutu-wearing, lover of pandas and Daddy’s little princess, tragically bid farewell to this world on July 5, 2013, at the tender age of 29.
Born Jan. 30, 1984, on a snowy Northern Michigan day in Traverse City, Kelly was a lover of life and was loved by all. There wasn’t a person who met Kelly who wasn’t positively affected by her effervescent spirit. Her parents, Steve and Michelle, fondly remember their blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty who loved to spend time “working” at their family’s trout farm in Beulah. Kelly always loved the water, and as a young girl she especially loved spending time with her treasured Grandma Boyce on Platte Lake.
Soccer and softball were two of her favorite ways to pass the time at Benzie Central High School, from where Kelly graduated in 2003.
Kelly was successful on every path she chose in life. Her paths may have changed as often as her hair color but one thing that never wavered was her dedication and love for her family and friends. She loved to make fun of those she cared about so as to teach them how to truly laugh at themselves. No one laughed at themselves more that Kelly did. Always laughing, always loving ...