This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one,
KYLA WORKMAN who was born in Texas on April 20, 1981 and passed away on
April 30, 2001 at the age of 20. We will love and remember her forever.
A LOVE SONG
The mention of my child's name
may bring tears to my eyes
but it never fails to bring
music to my ears.
If you really are my friend
please, don't keep me
from hearing the beautiful music.
It soothes my broken heart
and fills my soul with love.
This poem was read at Kyla's funeral
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone, must stay that way,
I found peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy!
A love shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes! These things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savoured much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free
The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning, that God
was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
but as GOD calls us one by one,
The Chain will link again.
These candles will continue to flicker
in the memory of
Kyla Baker-Workman who left us on
you are missed
by all who knew you
A flame shines in the darkness, A single, flickering light,
A candle held in memory, Dispelling the darkness of the night.
A candle filled with memories, It speaks a loved ones name,
And shines a light for all to see, In a single, flickering flame.
Soon other candles join the light,Then thousands fill the sky
Illuminating the darkness, Proving love will never die.
When I found out I was going to have a baby I couldn't wait until I could hold him or her in my arms. My due date came and gone. I was 2 weeks late when I went into labor. I had a very difficult labor but it was worth it. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on my sister Michelle's 16th birthday, and I named her Kyla Dawn. That was the happiest day of my life. Kyla was sick alot when she was a baby, but she was a good baby. She was very independent at a early age and could be quite ornery during her toddler years. Kyla became a big sister to Mandi at 4 years old and to Travis at 6. She was a very good big sister. She tried real hard to mother them. She loved them very much.
Kyla was very head strong and had to do things her way. She made friends very easily and would do anything for any one. We taught our kids to always be good and kind to everyone. Kyla did just that. I remember a incident in middle school when some kids were picking on this girl that wasn't very popular, and Kyla stepped in and took care of business and got suspended form school for 3 days, and her and this girl became friends. We weren't to happy about the suspencion but was proud of her for being taking up for the "underdog". That's just the kind of person she grew up to be. In high school she liked volleyball and track.
Kyla had a wonderful personality, she was witty and funny and she loved to cut up and make people laugh. She was a people person and had a heart of gold. Kyla loved to dance and she was pretty darn good. She could tear up the dance floor.
Kenny Chesney's song, "Who You'd Be Today", is everything that I wonder about Kyla, it's a wonderful song, it say's everything that's in my heart.
Kyla's adult life was just beginning when she was tragically taken from us. I can't help but wonder what wonderful things she would have accomplished if her life hadn't ended at such a young age.
Kyla was tragically killed in Hallsville, Texas during a one month visit with a family member she had been reunited with after 18 years. The evening before her death she had been out with this boy, whom she had known for about 10 days. Unfortunatly, they had been drinking and something went terribly wrong. They were riding back to Longview, Texas and according to a few people Kyla had been arguing with a family member and then she started arguing with the boy she was with. We really don't know the real truth on what happened next and the person that knows the truth is to much of a coward to come forward. I'm not naming names out of respect for someone whom I love dearly, but you know who you are and if you were any kind of man you would do the right thing by Kyla and come forward with the truth. Her battered body was found in a ditch on the side of the road. The coroner said she had been dead for about 8 hours and this happened at around midnight on April 30,2001. The boy she was with said she had jumped out of his truck and that he couldn't find her. I know my daughter and she wouldn't have just jumped from a moving vehicle for the hell of it..."WHY" did she jump, if in fact she did? So he left her there and went and got some friends and the said they looked for her up and down the road and in ditches with flashlights. But the odd thing about it was that they looked everywhere but the ditch she was in. After they looked for her they left the site and went home and went to sleep. It wasn't until around 7 in the morning that she was found, by a bus driver. She was left on the side of the road like a bag of trash. NO ONE cared enough to call for help!!!!! And the police wasn't much help either. We had to push and push for an investigation into her death. The police really didn't care to much either. The investigation lasted about 7 months and they concluded that her death was an accident. No charges were brought against anyone. About a year and a half later, a boy came forward and said that he was the one who pushed her out of the truck. The police investigated his story and came to the conclusion that he was lying. Why would someone come forward and admit to murdering someone? Was it for attention? Why?? We think that the boy she was with should have been charged with, leaving the scene of an accident, not rendering aid, or something. But nothing was done and everyone involved gets to go on with their lives and we have to live a life without my beautiful daughter and alot of unanswered questions. We are hoping and praying that one day we will learn the truth.
The death of Kyla was and still is the worst thing I have ever gone through. How do you explain the pain of losing a child? The only ones who understand are those who are living through the same nightmare as we are. A parent shouldn't have to bury a child. I questioned my faith,and I questioned God. I guess it's the unknown that really keeps me holding on to the anger. Maybe if we had the truth I could let go of some of this pain and guilt. I know that my beautiful daughter would want me to forgive everyone that I fell wronged her but I'm having a hard time doing that. Maybe someday.
We brought Kyla home to Delaware to be with her family and friends. So she can rest in peace.
Kyla had a smile that would light up a room, if she walked into a dark room it would light up. Now that she is gone, rooms don't light up as bright. When Kyla died a big piece of my heart went with her and I will never be the same. Something will always be missing. The only comfort I can find is in knowing she is in God's loving arms and that I will see her again someday. All her friends and family miss and love her very much.
"FOREVER GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN"
IN REMEMBERANCE OF KYLA
PLEASE LIGHT A
CANDLE IN HER MEMORY
AND WRITE TO HER OR ABOUT HER UNDER TRIBUTE AND CONDOLENCES.
WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES WITH US. THANK YOU SO MUCH.