This last week, our dear sister Kelli Kaufman passed away after a valiant fight with cancer. She fought good fight, kept the faith and finished the race (2 Tim. 4:7-8)! We will miss more than words can express, but rejoice with God and the angels that another one of his saints has entered into His rest.
Below you will find the details for her memorial service. Following that is a touching summary of her last bit of time with us, written by Zoe Strong. After that is a beautiful picture of Kelli and her friends at her baptism! To God be all the glory.
Viewing on Sunday, April 14, 1-4PM:
Barton Family Funeral Service
11630 Slater Ave. NE, Suite #1A
Kirkland WA 98034
Memorial Service on Monday, April 15, 10:30AM:
Eastside Christian School Gymnasium
14615 SE 22nd Street
Bellevue WA 98007
Reception to follow the service
Thanks so much for all your prayers. Kelli passed away sometime after 9:00am this morning. Mack, Nikki and I had the privilege of spending time with her and her family until early this morning – sharing stories about Kelli’s love and great sense of humor. God’s timing is perfect. He allowed her to hang in there until her mom arrived and spend one last evening together. Kelli’s sister Amanda was already in town to be there with Kelli through out the process. Her sister shared that she had never seen peace in Kelli like what she has seen recently. Her mom also challenged Kelli the last time she was in town to “really start living.” Kelli changed so much and really started living as a disciple this past month. She started calling Nikki and I almost daily for fellowship and initiating time to come over or go out always with her bible in hand. She practiced hospitality and had us over for lunch and bible study. She also poured out her heart to her husband and shared with those close to her how she would have done things differently and apologized with no judgement on others. She continually wanted to know what God’s purpose was for her with the time she had. I believe she lives it. She was so radiant at church a week and half ago, and last Saturday before she went into the ER we got to spend a girls day out eating, picking out a wig and getting a pedicure. She was so filled with joy. Most of all, she let go of get fear of dying and panic. I am so grateful that she was the one who said, I am ready to die now.
God has provided so much comfort to those who love her through her surrender.