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Kelly (McNally) Kylander, of rural Gates County, North Carolina, formerly of Ogilvie, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at her home.  She was 52 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Lewis Lake Covenant Church in rural Ogilvie.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be on Thursday, August 2nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.

INURNMENT will be in the Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Kelly Lee (McNally) Kylander passed away on July 24, 2018 after a 15 month battle with brain cancer. She died at the age of 52 at her home in rural Gates County, North Carolina, with her husband and children at her side.

Kelly was born in Minneapolis on December 9, 1965 and raised in rural Ogilvie, where she was proud to be the 4th generation from her family to graduate from Ogilvie High School in 1984. She married Daniel Kylander later that year and the newlyweds moved to northern California to begin a life of service in the US Navy. She jokingly called herself a “Navy groupie” and loved the time she was able to live in California, Wales, Iceland, Cornwall, and on the US East Coast, though her heart and soul were always in Minnesota. Kelly highly valued education and completed an Associate in Arts in German Degree from Grossmont College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of the State of New York, and a Master of Human Relations Degree from The University of Oklahoma during her adventures as a Navy Wife. She will be remembered for the strength of spirit, radiant personality, creativity, unfaltering courage, and wisdom that made her a remarkable and unique person. She was a child of the forest and had, in her early years, a pure, sweet innocence that enabled wild animals of the woods to approach her with curiosity, and not fear. She retained elements of that bright, serene spirit throughout her life and shared some of that magic with the children she worked with at Ogilvie School and in her reenactment role at the Northwest Company Fur Post. Kelly was the family historian from an early age and loved to research and preserve oral history and the cherished items and images of prior generations. She had a thirst for knowledge and projected a resolute sense of right and wrong, together with the moral courage to stand up for the values she held dear. Among these were thoughtfulness in the care of children; respect for nature and care for the environment; preservation of minority cultures, traditions, and languages; study and appreciation for history and folklore; and care and respect for the elderly. That which was forgotten, she remembered. That which was obscure, she brought into the light. That which was unjust, she sought to correct. She was the quintessential big sister and had an unfailing ability to say the right thing at the right time when family and friends needed guidance. Kelly raised two wonderful children, and as their learning coach, instilled in them the personal qualities and discipline needed for high levels of academic accomplishment as she guided them through seven years of on-line high school and college. Kelly will be missed beyond what words can express, and her wisdom, courage, and compassion will endure in the lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, who we trust are looking after her now.

She is survived by her husband Daniel; children, Skadi and Axel; parents Dennis and Jeanne McNally; sister Kris McNally (Tom Youngblom); brother Mark McNally (Jordan Howe); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.


12 thoughts on “KELLY (McNALLY) KYLANDER”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Kelly’s passing – it breaks my heart. When my husband passed away 3 1/2 years ago, my world fell apart. I’m not sure if time heals, but I am certain that it does help. Axel, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Such a beautiful tribute. I loved Kelly’s passion for her family, our heritage, traditions, continuous learning, nature and people in general. She had a heart of gold and will be missed dearly! I have many happy memories with her of picnics in the woods, concerts, county fairs, holiday gatherings, Memorial Day theme weekends, and just laughing when we were together. Thanks for the memories, my dear cousin!

  4. Our thoughts are with you and the kids Danny, Kelly was such a bright, shining star that lived life to it’s fullest she brought joy to so many! Stacie and I talk often of the wonderful time we spent together in Iceland.

  5. Dwaine Lind called to tell me of your loss. I am so sorry to hear of your daughter’s passing. We OHS alum have always been close, at least in spirit, so know that you are not alone and that prayers are being said for you and your family.

  6. Danny,

    You have lost a wonderful wife and mother to Skadi and Axel, and we have lost a dear and good friend.

    Whenever I think of Kelly, I’ll remember that when all else failed and we had tried 2 Welsh babysitters at NAVFAC Brawdy, Wales in 1989-90 it was Kelly Kylander who came to our rescue and became a real Nanny to our infants, Kelly and Patrick. We could not have asked for a more caring, nurturing and careful guardian while we were both in critical billets in the Navy. What a great sense of humor Kelly had and she always, always had that wee smile on her face and a twinkle in those pretty eyes.

    Please know that Kathy and I consider ourselves blessed to have had both you and Kelly in our close circle of friends over the years. I had forgotten that Kelly and I shared the same birth date, December 9th.

    You should surely know you have our deepest sympathy and our love as well. Please be in touch when things settle down and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance during this time.

    Our love,

    Jim and Kathy Donovan

  7. An amazing tribute for an amazing person. We are all thinking of you and the family Danny and standing by for anything you all need.

  8. So sorry to hear about Kelly. She lived a remarkable life. I’m sure Skadi and Axel will carry on her wisdom and courage.

  9. Danny,
    Words can’t even begin to express how sad I feel about the loss of Kelly. She was beautiful in EVERY way! Dave and I were so blessed to have shared such a special friendship with both of you. You were both such an integral part of our Navy family. We were all stationed in beautiful places and shared in a close knit community.
    Kelly was a kindred spirit to me. We loved so many of the same things .. family, local culture , antiques, travel and just spending time together as Navy spouses and close friends. We always laughed and shared fun and interesting experiences. A bright light went out with her passing, but she will never be forgotten in my heart. Loosing Dave 3 years ago was so difficult,yet I still celebrate his love, spirit ,and his tremendous sense of humor with our kids and others on a daily basis. That is how I have coped. I know Kelly will live forever in your heart too. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Skadi ,Axel and the extended family. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do. I am just a text, email or phone call away.
    With love and prayers,
    Mary Berglund

  10. I was so sad to hear of Kelly’s passing…

    Though I only saw her a few times, even our brief conversations left a big impact on me. I could tell she was a bright, special soul!

    Bless you all as you remember this soecial woman!

  11. Dear Dan,
    I have fond memories of meeting Kelly when we were all still in high school, and you two attended prom together–we sat at the same table, and I had a great time getting to know Kelly a bit that night. I’m so, so, deeply sorry for your loss. Thank you for the wonderful tribute to your beloved wife and the mother of your children. My husband and I are sending lots of love and peace your way. May you find solace and comfort in your memories.

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