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Memorial created 04-16-2007 by
Kim Nesbitt Maureen Geisinger
McKayla W. Geisinger
December 20 1993 - March 19 2007

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06-30-2007 11:46 AM -- By: ,  From:  

Along the lines of what Judith Orme said in her column, I think for a parent to have to bury their child is perhaps the cruelest thing that God allows anyone to suffer through.

We have no option but to trust that He allows such a thing to happen so that He can bring a greater good out of all of this, though we may never know it in this lifetime, and we have to trust in His words: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

06-29-2007 3:00 PM -- By: Mommy,  From:  


I just had to share this with you - one of your friends mom said in an email not so long ago:

"...I've delivered a couple of baby girls named McKayla (Michaela most commonly is the spelling) since this happened. I always think to myself - please let these girls live up to that name - now so precious to all of us."

Isn't that beautiful ... I love your name, have always loved your name and I know you loved your name ...

I miss saying it ... I miss hearing your voice ... I miss everything about you.

Loving you forever,


06-29-2007 11:42 AM -- By: Mommy,  From:  


I remember the night Daddy and I were bringing you home after you were born. I was so anxious to get home to Amanda …. we left the hospital within 18 hours … and left after midnight.

I remember looking at you, your beautiful face, and I started crying. I said to Daddy – will we have enough love for two girls … how are we going to be able to love you as much as we had loved Amanda throughout her first year … I was nervous that there wasn’t enough love in me … for you.

How wrong could a mommy be … the minute we got home and you were with your sister the next day … love just multiplied …and not one day had gone by in 13 years that love was missing.

I miss you … I miss you with every beat of my heart and with every breath … this is so painful and just so lonely.

I love you my beautiful girl.

xoxoxo Mommy

06-28-2007 6:02 PM -- By: Aunty Eye,  From: Strafford  

Hi KK,

I miss you so much - There is a girl that I work with her name is Heather and she said that she prays to you every night. She paints to help her with the many problems that she has in her life. She asked for a copy of your picture that she saw in my office and is going to draw a painting of you. I know the days are nights are hard for your Mom and Dad and Mandy.

Watch over them and protect them.

Love Aunty Eye

06-28-2007 11:46 AM -- By: Nora,  From:  

McKayla you are missed and loved so much

06-28-2007 9:52 AM -- By: ,  From:  

"Those who live in the sunshine may have faith, but those of us who walk in the shadows must have faith."

06-27-2007 10:03 AM -- By: ,  From:  

"You don't get over it - you just get through it.

You don't get by it, because you can't get around it.

I doesn't 'get better'; it just gets different.

Every day ... Grief puts on a new face ..." Wendy Feiereisen

06-26-2007 9:00 PM -- By: ,  From:  

a poem -

do not grieve for me for i long to see you smile hang on just a little longer we'll be together in a while im in heaven with god now making the world a better place to be and when you are ready too at the gates of heaven we will meet


06-26-2007 12:56 PM -- By: Hi KK,  From:  

Missing you terribly ... the pain isn't any less in over 14 weeks. IT is only by the grace of God that we get to work ... and continue to struggle ..

I love you,


06-24-2007 1:59 PM -- By: Mommy,  From:  

Hi Beautiful:

Amanda had a wonderful graduation party and you were not forgotten.

It was fun ... and for a few hours ... it helped us numb the incredible pain we feel 24/7.

Ally and her family came over Friday - they brought us dinner. And Ally gave us the tape of the dedication the 7th grade chorus did in your honor ... and then she gave me the blue ribbon that she, Jordan and Katie planted, also in your memory ... so beautiful honey - all your friends are missing you so much. Some even come and visit you ... we know that you aren't there .. but it give us great comfort. Shine your light on us honey ... please ...

Last night we looked up at the stars to see if you were shining your light!

Missing you from home ... I love you KK and not a minute goes by that you aren't in my thoughts and prayers ... I love you Beautiful!


06-24-2007 9:34 AM -- By: Elizabeth Fontaine,  From: Mont Vernon  

Dear Geisinger family, I want you to know that you and Mckayla are in my pryers. I LOVE YOU MCKAYLA. 3

06-24-2007 12:52 AM -- By: Isabella,  From:  

I just plain miss you, McKayla!! Love, Isabella

06-23-2007 3:06 PM -- By: ,  From: Mont Vernon  

"Some people have everything, and they say that they have lived a full life. They have never suffered. They have never lost, loved, hurt. They have never lived"


06-23-2007 2:43 PM -- By: Ginger,  From:  

I didn't know Mckayla but I am 13 too and would really have loved to be her friend.Do you think I could have been her friend?I am saddened to hear of her death- a life lost so young- and will pray for her.I know she must be an angel now and she is happy with God now and is watching over you all.

06-22-2007 2:14 PM -- By: ,  From:  

NOTE DADDY WROTE TO AMS ... he is missing you terrible Cakes:

The Geisinger family would like to attempt to place in words our appreciation to the staff, students and parents at AMS for their compassion after the tragic loss of our daughter McKayla. We have learned over the last 12 weeks that strength to survive comes from our faith in God, a peace from knowing we constantly expressed love to McKayla, and compassion from those who genuinely feel compelled to express it to you through thoughts, prayers and visits. We miss KK terribly, and are learning slowly how to cope with what feels like her disappearance. The response to our loss was tremendous and beyond anything we would have imagined.

KK had an abnormality in one of the arteries that pumps blood to the heart muscle. Our perfect girl nor her family knew she had it and as the medical examiner stated, typically it is discovered after sudden death. One cardiologist stated that 1 in 100,000 children have this defect and in the State of NH they expect the sudden death of an adolescent as a result every 18 months. Anyone involved with kids should know the many symptoms of someone who has a heart problem, and the symptoms are not simply pain in the chest or arm. If only someone had told us that neck pain is a fairly common symptom of a heart attack, our precious KK may be playing the piano at her sisters graduation as planned. KK would have required heart surgery, but in 98% of all cases the child had a 100% recovery. For more information you could visit www.americanheart.org and click on the heart attack and stroke warnings signs.

I also am compelled to mention to you that your AMS school staff, who some of them directly experienced the unimaginable, immediately responded to this tragedy in a way that was professional, compassionate, and considerate of ours, as well as everyone’s varying feelings. Tragedy struck suddenly, and from the onset, though grieving themselves, put in to place a plan to ensure that every child was back in their parents arms quickly and had the resources available to help them understand what they were feeling. Our daughter Amanda Graduates from AMS next week and we are saddened that we will no longer be involved with such a stellar group of people who work and volunteer at AMS. Our hearts are forever thankful.

Many parents contributed to the McKayla Geisinger Memorial fund, and some even gave their refund from the cancelled camp trip and we are happy to say that your contribution is tax deductible, and were generous enough that we can support an award in both Amherst and Mont Vernon schools for many years to come. Your generosity means that we can hear our daughters name mentioned in front of many people every year and that is something that will touch us more than you can understand.

Meals are brought to us every night from caring people many of whom we did not know. The compassion of people is a powerful medicine that aids healing in a way traditional medicine can not. Grieving is very tiring physically, and after a day of struggling to distract yourself from sadness while at work, to come home to a meal that someone made for you because they care, well, it could be liver and onions but it would taste like prime rib. We all live in an area that is full of warm caring people who need to express their sorrow in whatever way they can and we are all very lucky.

Finally, we must mention with sincere gratitude the many memorials people have created to our precious girl. The Amherst Soccer Club has petitioned the school board to name one of the new soccer fields in memory of McKayla, the MV Recreation committee contributed all proceeds from the Spring Gala Fun Run to go to KK’s fund to be used for the benefit of MV kids, AMS will have a McKayla Geisinger Music Award, the MV Village school created an area in the bird garden for McKayla’s memory, trees have been planted all around in her memory, moments of silence at school events, school programs dedicated to our little girl, bake sales, lemonade stands, prayer cards, all of this and more is more than our humble family can comprehend. We are so proud of our McKayla.

On the morning that Maureen dropped KK off at the bus leaving for camp, she told me how proud she was of KK and that “she was really going to go places”. In our long lives, we can only hope to make an impact on people, in KK’s short life, she did.

06-22-2007 12:12 PM -- By: Ally L,  From: Mont Vernon  


I cleaned out your locker today, and it was suprisingly soothing. It made me feel closer to you.

I only told my family, and I told Katie Cheever because she helped me.

I sorted it out and as I did, I went to get my pajamas on.

As I threw on my tie-dye track shirt, one thing caught my eye.

This one thing was what you wrote on the back when you signed it.

You wrote,

'You put the shot in the put! Nice job! Love, K.K.'

I looked at my other one then, and saw that you wrote,

'You rock, L.L.! 83 feet! WOW! Bye! K.K. :-)'

I don't know why, but I guess I had never realized you had wrote,

'Love, K.K.'

Love, Ally

06-22-2007 10:11 AM -- By: ,  From:  

you have made me a better person i try to be kinder every day acting like there is no tomorrow and the inprestion i leave on people that day might be the last

thank you thank you

06-21-2007 10:36 PM -- By: Mommy,  From:  

Good Evening Beautiful:

Missing you with every heart beat, with every breath ... you are so missed ...

This is so hard KK ... I am trusting that you are shining your light on us ... helping us get through this ...

Loving you with ever thing that I have left in me ....


06-21-2007 9:48 PM -- By: Amelia,  From: Mont Vernon, NH  

McKayla, I'm missing you!!! I love you sooo much! It's hard to believe that you're not with us. You will forever remain in my heart.


06-21-2007 1:02 PM -- By: Erin,  From: strafford  

missing you KK. i love you so much. i still can't believe that you arent here with us.

"To think I might not see those eyes, makes it so hard not to cry."

06-21-2007 8:37 AM -- By: ,  From:  

It was the first day of kindergarten and Shannon Murphy knew no one in her class. Clinging to the bottom of her mother's shirt to make sure she didn't leave the two walked into the tall white building. Inside their were people everywhere, walking, writing, and observing posters tacked on the walls. Even more nervous, the young girls eyes began to fill with tears. "Mommy don't leave!" Shannon whimpered. Her mother looked down at her sympathetically as she spoke "honey I've got to go to work, you'll see me at noon." Shannon gulped, ready to cry when suddenly a girl her age with beautiful blue eyes and long golden hair was standing in front of her. "Hi" the girl's meoldious voice chimmed. "My name is Mckayla Geisinger! What's yours?" Her voice was kind and sincere and her smile was bright and welcoming. Shannon sniffled before replying but instantly felt better by the girls warm welcoming. "I'm Shannon Murphy" she whispered. McKayla grinned and outstretched her hand "Let's be friends" she chimmed. Shannon waved to her mom and then took the hand of her new friend. Mckayla led her over to the coat closet and showed her where to put her sweater. Next, she brought her to the nametags where shannon picked hers up and by suggestion of Mckayla placed it next to her new buddy's seat.

The day flew by fast and soon it was recess. Outside, mckayla suggested they go on the monkey bars. "I don't know how" shannon sighed as she stared at the metal bars. Mckayla flashed a smile at her "I can teach you" she cheered and she did. Step by step mckayla patiently assisted Shannon everyday. Every morning shannon would wake up, excited to see mckayla and to make it across the monkey bars. After a week had passed Mckayla assured Shannon today was the day, and she was right. Shannon finally made it across and when she did her best friend was waiting for her, jumping up and down waiting to wrap her in a huge hug.

The year passed quickly and in no time at all the girls were moving onto 1st grade and that would mean they'd go to different schools. The day was a sad one as Mckayla and Shannon linked pinkies and promised to keep in touch. Shannon thought she might cry, but she knew deep down that a little of mckayla would always be with her, the part of mckayla that showed her how amazing a friend could be.

The girls stayed in touch until 4th grade when other commitments pulled them apart but it was when the two where 13 that they saw one another in the Amherst Wal*Mart. It had been God's wish for them to see eachother once more there becauseone week later mckayla passed away.

Now, shannon and mckayla are still in touch, now closer than ever through prayer and she is in Heaven now, helping god to make everyone as amazing a friend as she was because if everyone was more like mckayla geisinger we'd have a much friendlier world.

06-20-2007 9:42 PM -- By: Mommy,  From:  

Hi Honey:

Just got back from Amanda's Graduation ... she looked beautiful ... I am sure you are very proud of her. You were there with us, with many of us ... so many people are heart broken that you aren't here.

The jazz band did super ... they played two songs ... Daddy got it all on tape ... I could barely contain my tears ... I miss you anyway, but hearing music just makes me sadder :(

Your "McKayla Geisinger Music Award" was given out today ... as Mandy mentioned ... and Mrs. Yetto stopped and said that she was so happy that her Caterina would be forever with your name at AMS. I haven't stopped crying. Tucker from the Jazz band was the other recipient ...

If we could only have you back KK ... life is so lonely without the four of us ... it still feels like a nightmare.

I love you ... going to head up ... Shine Your Light on Us Babes, please.

Love Mommy

06-20-2007 8:36 PM -- By: Shannon again,  From: merrimack  

mrs geisinger and mckayla i wrote a story for you both.

im not sure if you remember but back in CCD i wrote a story called "jaquiline my miracle angel" and now i decided to write a sequil to that story because now i have two angels watching over me.

i read it to mckayla last night in my prayers.

if anyone else would like to read it email me

06-20-2007 5:31 PM -- By: Shannon Murphy,  From: merrimack  

ever since kindergarten ive had a picture of you and amanda on my wall and i was looking at it today. you had the brightest smile that never failed to light up my day. i was thinking of all the times you ever made me smile and the memories went on forever. one of my favorite memories was that time for your birthday i slept over your house and you and i were the only two that actually got scared by the scary stories so you me and your mom went into another room. there we made up our own stories and you told this story

"their once were two best friends named shannon and mckayla and they were such good friends they lived together in this old old house. one day their moms were gone and they went into a room they werent supposed to go in. When they went in their they saw a hamper in the back corner of the room and so they looked inside. Then inside the hamper their was a head and the head popped out and ate off their fingers. the end."

that story had us so scared we hardly slept at all.

sometimes i wish that you leaving is all just some scary story you made up and then the sun will come up and you'll be back and it will all just be some make believe terrifying tale but i know its not.

i also love that time when i slept over your house and in the morning we went out to get the eggs and we were both wearing flip-flops. i was terrified of the chickens and you and i were laughing so hard because they were all charging at you and i was flipping out while you were kicking them all away. you were always so brave when i was terrified.

i know now that its my turn to be brave. i know that you would want me to be brave when i think about you not being around.

i hope you can watch over me in heaven.

i love you always

love, shannon

06-20-2007 3:40 PM -- By: Jess Lorento,  From: Merrimack  

I think of that time we had that sleepover on your farm. WE played, watched movies. And we had this huge cookout. I know i havent seen you in over 2 years. But those memories of us in kindergarten and you calling me on the phone in 3rd grade "I miss you." - you said to me. We were best friends and i still look at that picture of us at the kindergarden graduation. On the steps of the schoolroom. Please watch over me. you have no idea how much i regret not staying in touch. Love you.

xoxo jessica lynn oxox

06-20-2007 12:21 PM -- By: Amanda Geisinger,  From: Mont vernon  

McKayla's first awards went out today. The Mckayla Geisinger Music Award went to Tucker Brown (Band), and Caterina Yetto (Chorus. These are eith graders. It means so much to me!

I miss you Kayla! I love you! You mean so much to me! You are the bestest sissy in the whole netire universe! Love, Mandy

06-20-2007 12:18 PM -- By: Amanda Geisinger,  From: Mont vernon  

I miss you Kayla and wish you were here with me! i love you so much! Love Mandy

06-20-2007 11:26 AM -- By: Sister Augustine,  From: St.Vincent, West Indies  

McKayla, I think of you as an 8 yr old... healthy -in body and spirit; perceptive -"Mom spells my name different because she is different"; observant- looking out the window at a snowstorm in May 2002,lost in wonder ... "Is this spring?" McKayla I know you are now rejoicing in wonder at God's beauty, love, glory.How blessed you are! Sister Augustine

06-19-2007 8:56 PM -- By: Alexis K.,  From:  

Hey Mickey!

I miss you more than ever. With ever second that passes, without you in my life, come the good memories, that come the sadness of loss. I miss you innocent look, you beautiful voice, and you skillfullnes.


06-19-2007 5:02 PM -- By: Kim Nesbitt,  From: Amherst  

Today we had the Worldly Wizards Luncheon. For those of you who don't know, it's for the people who knew the most countries of the world on our country tests. Only a few weeks before that horibble day, McKayla and I both had perfect scores for knowing the countries of both South America and Africa. We made a deal that both of us would try as hard as we could to get perfect scores to get into the luncheon, so we could bring Ally Lamanna and Elly Bannon. She said she was going to bring Ally, and I would bring Elly, and we'd sit as a foursome. After that day at Pinkham Notch, where I helped take McKayla's snowshoes off, I made sure that I knew every single country, so that I could make my part of the deal. And for McKayla, I brought Ally to the pizza luncheon, and I was thinking how much fun it would be if that would actually work out.

Miss you ~Kim~


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