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Kelsey Graves Memorial

Kelsey with her dog Sadie

On Thursday, July 19, 2012 the family and friends of Kelsey Helyn Graves lost a shining light in this world. Born February 23, 1999, to her parents Rob and Lori Graves, Kelsey possessed a free spirit that energized every room she walked into.

Kelsey was 13. She made friends with ease—regardless of age. She freely offered her sweet affection to family and friends. Hugging Kelsey was a complete joy. She approached life with a limitless zest for fun, playful beyond compare. She was silly and kind, funny and smart, fearless and beautiful. She will be missed beyond words.

Kelsey is survived by her parents, Rob and Lori; her older siblings Amber, 15, Trevor, 17, Allyx, 18, and Bryan, 21; her grandparents Leonard and Judy Diggles, and Sherry Graves; her aunts Cathy Byer and husband Ryan, Christine Houldsworth and husband Scott, Sherry Holowach-McIntyre and husband Ken, and, Sara Cummings and husband Scott; her uncle Warren Diggles; and, her 18 cousins.

Kelsey is pre-deceased by her brother, Joshua Graves; her grandfather, Robert Graves; and, her aunt, Laura Graves.

She will be missed by her dog Sadie.

The Graves family is encouraging donations to Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Kelsey's name.  Memorial donations can be made to Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, PO Box 2675, Loveland, CO  80537 or online on the giving page.

Kelsey will be honored at a memorial service at 1 P.M. on Wednesday, July 25, at Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins. The Graves family welcomes family and friends to share a memory of Kelsey at the ceremony. Those not wishing to speak can enter their memory of Kelsey on a scrapbook page available at the service.  Memories can also be emailed to