Johnson City Press Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kira Joy Elliott, LIMESTONE

Published December 4th, 2013 9:13 pm

Kirah Joy Elliott, 17, of Limestone, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013.
When she entered this world in Freeport, Illinois, on May 4, 1996, parents David and Pam Elliott named her Kirah Joy. Looking back, “Joy” would have been sufficient. That is what she spread to all. Kirah was a petite girl with a huge contagious smile and big heart.
Her early years were spent being homeschooled with siblings Sean, Sterlin and Alisha. For high school, she attended University School in Johnson City, Tennessee. Kirah won academic awards, sports medals and school honors, but what she cherished more than these were her awesome friends! Cross country and track were her sports, but they grew to become her passion.
Kirah suffered from traumatic brain injuries due to an automobile accident in December 2012. Jesus called her home last Friday. If Kirah could have passed on last life messages, she would have said to have a heart full of love, make somebody smile every day, and live for Jesus!
Kirah worshiped with her family at Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City.
In addition to her parents and siblings, Kirah is survived by her paternal grandparents, Leland and Karen Elliott, of Manhattan, KS; maternal grandmother, Alice Cross, of Mt. Morris, IL; four aunts; three uncles; and ten cousins.     
The family wishes to extend their love and thanks to the Johnson City Medical Center staff, The Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Scottish Rite staff and the homecare nurses for their unfailing love and care to Kirah and the family.
A “Celebrating Kirah” service will be held Saturday, December 7, at 2:00 PM at Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City with Pastor Tom Oyler of Grace Fellowship Church officiating.
Visitation begins at noon-1:45 p.m. and will continue after the service.
In lieu of flowers, to honor Kirah, a memorial fund has been established with AKA Hope, a Ugandan organization helping orphans.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Therefore, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord will award to me.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Snyder’s Memorial Gardens is proudly serving the Elliott family.
Anyone wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.snydersmemorialgardens.com.