AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
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.