Chippewa Falls (WQOW) — Another Girl Scout from Troop 3055, who was killed last Saturday while cleaning up trash along a highway in Chippewa County, was laid to rest Friday.
Friends, family and community members remembered Jayna Kelley’s life and the impact she had.
“If it feels like you’ve had a piece of your soul ripped out, it’s because you did. That’s the piece of you that Jayna took with her,” said Rev. Jim Woldhuis.
Through their grief, fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 3055 offered fond memories of Jayna, with help from Sherry Jasper, a counselor at Halmstad Elementary School.
“Jayna was a wonderful friend and she had a kind heart, she was one of my best friends,” read Jasper. “Jayna had a real good sense of humor, she was positive, she cared about her family, she cared about everyone. Jayna, also, was very smart and creative, and she was like sunshine, a sunshine that will always stay in our hearts.”
Jayna’s obituary describes her as an expressive and caring girl, who loved time with family and friends, and just getting to be a kid.
“I don’t know if there was another word that we used more than love in our house,” said Jayna’s father, Brian Kelley. “I think we told each other we loved each other enough. We all did.”
Jayna’s father offered a heart-felt and emotional goodbye to his daughter.
“We’re gonna say goodbye to you now for a little while. It’s gonna feel like a long time for us here, thinking of you everyday, but I know an eternity for you is gonna be the blink of an eye until we see you again, it’s farewell,” said Kelley.
Jayna’s unforgettable presence will forever be missed by her friends, family and troop.
Hearing of the young lives gone from this world too soon has reached far beyond the Chippewa Valley, to troops across the country.
“Girl Scouts are sisters, so we figured that this tragedy happened, we should come support our sisters,” said Caitlyn Talkington, of the Spirit of Nebraska. “We know it’s a hard time, with time it will get better, and I know that’s cheesy and cliche, but it’s true.”
A group called ‘Spirit of Nebraska’, the Color Guard of the Girl Scouts, came hundreds of miles to Jayna’s funeral to pay their respects, and offer comfort to all impacted by last Saturday’s tragedy.