McKayla W. Geisinger
December 20 1993 - March 19 2007
By Her Aunty Coe
Mar 24, 2007
Our hearts are broken to have lost our beautiful McKayla. She was an incredible girl. She was awesome, funny, quiet, strong, silly, smart, kind, understanding, sensitive and respectful.
She was full of life. She gave us joy and love. Although it is hard to let her go, we know that we all have been lucky to have had her in our lives. In thirteen short years she has touch so many of us.
We are overwhelmed by the support of our family, friends, neighbors, as well as the communities of Amherst and Mont Vernon. The outpouring of compassion that has been displayed through visits, food, fellowship, and kindness is greatly appreciated. We heard through your words what McKayla meant to you and we are glad that she gave something of herself to all of you in one way or another.
One of her friends said she was the best friend someone could ever have, and that she was one in a million. I think that summed up McKayla well. She was a friend, she was extraordinary. Others spoke about her beauty, how she shined, sparkled, and that she was as beautiful as a rainbow. That she was gold. That she never did anything to really make her friends mad. They said that they will miss her. That she taught them things about being a better person. She was looked up to and many wanted to be like her. We think that is amazing and we feel overwhelmed and delighted that she gave so much.
Her teachers and coaches echoed similar sentiments. She was an excellent student. She was thoughtful and respectful.
KK was quiet, but she was a natural leader. She didn’t want to be in the limelight. She hated getting a lot of attention. She preferred to be in the background, giving attention and appreciating others.
KK was a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend, neighbor, student, athlete, pianist, and team-mate. She did everything with verve and gusto.
She was a perfectionist and spent hours honing her piano skills. She loved to read. She loved company, and sometimes she would quietly retreat to a nearby chair to read or just sit quietly. She was focused and took her role as a student, pianist, and athlete seriously.
She loved animals. At one time she aspired to be a Veterinarian. Then she decided to be a Brain Surgeon and most recently a heart surgeon. We believe she could have been whatever she wanted to be, because she poured her heart and soul into everything.
She loved life and it was exemplified in her actions. She loved to be out doors, snowshoeing, playing soccer, running, and throwing around the football. She threw the best spiral football. She loved listening to music on her ipod, working on the computer, and playing the piano. She loved her animals and spent hours nurturing them. She was such a love. She loved chocolate ice cream, IBC root beer, broccoli bake, and prime rib.
We loved her so and she will be terribly missed. She will never be forgotten and she will be in our hearts. Memories of her will be tenderly preserved in all of our hearts and minds.
McKayla's Cousin: Erin Demers, From: Strafford, New Hampshire
I don't really know what to say. Something like loosing someone I loved so much really takes the words out of my mouth. I can't express how I feel really. I just miss my beautiful cousin so so much. She was like a sister to me. She really really was. Amanda and KK and me are really close. I grew up with them. They mean SO SO much to me.I hope that she knows how much I loved her, cause I really really did and, I'm just afraid that she didn't know, cause I dont think I said it enough. So, I just LOVE you KK, and I wish you were still here with us 3.
And I really hope KK knows how much I loved growing up with her and Amanda, and having them be like sisters to me. Its really hard to be an only child. You are always surrounded by adults, and really no one to play with. Amanda and KK really made me have a wonderful childhood, my life would be much more empty without them being their for me for all of those years.
"Sometimes, no matter how much faith we have; We lose people, but we can never forget them.It's those memories that give us the strength to go on."
A funny memorie of me and Amanda and KK when we were really young is,one night I was staying over their house (out of the many many nights I stayed their), and me and Mandy and KK wanted to sing a song for Aunty Moe and Uncle Greg. It was really cold outside, snow on the ground. Me, KK, and Manda had Aunty Moe and Uncle Greg sitting out in their lawn chairs, freezing their bums off, for such a long time. We never even sang the song.
I look back on it and I find that so funny. We have to remember to hold on to all the memories, some will make us cry, but always will put a smile on our face. Like KK always did.
Another memorie was when we played toss with a beach ball and Amanda was " Mama Sophia " :) And when we would all sleep outside in the tent. And when Uncle Greg would hide out in the woods and me and Mandy and KK would run around screaming. Kayla always looked up to me, but I have come to realize that I was the one that should have looked up to my little cousin!
I have so many memories of you. They go all the way back to when you were a baby. You and your sister brought so much joy into my life. Through sickness and in health we spent many an hour together. I used to love lying in bed with you on one side and Mandy on the other. How I would hold your hands until you both fell asleep. Then I would cover both of you and stand staring at your beautiful faces and thank God for you.
How the three of us used to go shopping and people would ask if you were twins.
I remember how you were so determined in all that you did, even learning how to walk and talk. You did it your way!
I watched as you and sister grew older. How each of you had different personalities and talents. I remember teaching you how to play the piano, and how you developed a love for it. I should say a passion!
We did so much together, you, Mandy, Me and Papa. They were times of joy. Times of laughter and good times. So many memories!
Now God has called you home. I was deeply saddened by your passing. I miss you so much. I want to lie beside you once again and hold your hand, but I know that cannot be until God calls me home.
McKayla was our youngest granddaughter. To be writing something in her memorial site is beyond my comprehension. We have difficulty fathoming such a thing. We are not supposed to be writing memorials for our youngest granddaughter.
I ask God why? Then I feel guilty and realize that who am I to question God. After all as a Christian why do I not glory in her passing? Then I thank God that she is with Him. I miss her and wish she could still be with us. Am I selfish? No, I loved her and miss the hugs and kisses. I miss the smile and the, "hello Pops. How was your day?"
I awaken in the night and ask myself if it is a cruel dream! But it isnt, and I lie thinking of her, and tears will fill my tired eyes.
What do I miss about KK? There is so much I miss. I miss of course the warmth of her smile and the shy laugh. The times that we shared together doing so many things. She and Mandy were more like daughters than granddaughters. We were very close. Trips to the camp in Pittsburg. To the Beach. Camping at Yogi. Bike rides. Playing games together. Playing monster chase. Eating at our apartment. Her and Mandy loved my spaghetti! So much fun and laughter. Thirteen years of memory building, and all of it wonderful.
It is as though she is still here, but I cannot touch her. She still touches me through the memories of her that I have stored in my heart. She will always be with me in spirit and that will last until God calls me home. Then we will be united once again. Praise God for His promise of an eternity with Him and those loved ones who have gone on before us. What a day of rejoicing that will be! KK has slipped into eternity and is enjoying the wonder of heaven in all of it's glory. As a grandparent how can I not be thankful for that?
I miss her so much because I loved her so much.
Church Memorial Flowers from Uncle Mark and Aunty Holly
McKayla's Aunt and Uncle
Mark and Holly Christensen
This Saturday morning we awakened to a fresh covering of snow...much the same as we did on Saturday, March 17th, 2007.
I remember that morning so vividly now, not so much because of the snow, but because it was the morning of our last visit with McKayla and her family. We were thankful that the snow had stopped and that we would be able to keep our plans intact for a family dinner and game night.
I remember shortly after the family arrived, I was busy in the kitchen and McKayla and Amanda came in to ask if I needed any help. We laughed and talked in the kitchen about school, sports and piano.
I remember at the dinner table laughing so hard as Greg spoke of their trip to Pittsburg and all the "friendly people who wave" when you are snowmobile riding! We explained that those were hand signals for his benefit! Now every time we ride and someone signals...we think of that trip and the fun they had!
After dinner we played a game of "Hooplah." Amanda and McKayla decided to play as one, and they were unbeatable!
As Greg, Moe, and the girls began to leave we stopped by the piano, McKayla wanting to play a rendition of the "Peanuts Theme Song." Because of the lateness of the night, we decided to wait until our next meeting. Uncle Mark promised to show her his "Linus dance," which brought laughter as we all said goodnight at the door.
48 hours later we all met again in Berlin, NH. Music and laughter replaced by anguish and tears.
Uncle Mark always remembers the time at Nana and Grandpa's house when everyone was in the livingroom and McKayla was helping herself to the buffet table in the diningroom!
I came across a picture and note that McKayla and Amanda had sent to Sarah her first year in college. I will scan those and forward them to you, Greg and Moe.
Tomorrow, March 16, we will have a memorial bouquet in McKayla's memory in church. We will always remember...and will never forget... How fitting that this week is also the week we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Because He lives we can know that we have eternal life! John 11:25-6 "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever believeth liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
Our love and prayers are with you always! Mark and Holly