We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel
Kaelyn Paige Thompson, 29, of Moore, OK passed away after a courageous battle with cystic fibrosis. Her family is comforted knowing that she is finally breathing easy and is pain free.
Kaelyn was born on September 12th, 1991 to Chris and Kim Thompson in Oklahoma City. As a child Kaelyn was active in pageants, dance, ice skating, baton twirling, and cheer. She attended Westmoore High School where she was a cheerleader, made a positive impact on those around her, and made lifelong friends. At Westmoore, she discovered her love of helping individuals with special needs. During her senior year of high school she earned her barber’s license and began her career as a hairstylist.
After a routine surgery in July of 2013 Kaelyn’s lungs failed and she was flown to Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. While there she received a lifesaving double lung transplant. After two and a half years of battling rejection, she received a second double lung transplant in September of 2016. During this time Kaelyn and her immediate family became advocates for organ donation. She then became active in the Transplant Games of America participating in bowling, table tennis, and darts.
Kaelyn was a daddy’s girl and shared special moments with her dad. Chris, a retired firefighter, was her main caregiver post-transplant. They enjoyed watching movies, they had special songs, and just loved being together. Kaelyn’s mom Kim was her best friend. They liked shopping, spending money, and spa days. Kaelyn loved her brother Bradee and was his fierce protector. She was one of his biggest supporters and never missed his sporting events. Bradee was Kaelyn’s number one trading pin collector at the Transplant Games.
She had a soft spot for animals, specifically turtles and dogs. She was known for sending tons of pictures of dogs who needed rescuing to her family and friends. Kaelyn’s special companion was her cavapoo, Mabel Fae. She loved dressing her up and entering her in dog costume contests.
Kaelyn is survived by her parents, Chris and Kim, brother Bradee, and dog, Mabel Fae. She was blessed with a host of family members who encouraged and cared for her throughout her life. Kaelyn had a special bond with her best friends, Kelsey, Natalie, and Emily. Chris and Kim would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to their closest family friends, Kurt and Brandi Williams and to Joan Roberts for their never-ending support.
Kaelyn was a bright light for all who knew her. She lived her life without limitations, cystic fibrosis did not define her. Those who knew her describe her as sassy, strong, brave, and very outspoken. Her sense of humor kept her family and friends laughing. Kaelyn had an immense passion for life and was an inspiration to many.
Kaelyn finished her race and is breathing easy.
For those who would like to donate in Kaelyn’s honor, her family suggests the following two foundations that were near and dear to her heart:
The Sparrow Project, Moore, OK
Non-profit serving individuals with intellectual disabilities
PO Box 6858
Moore, OK 73153
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation
302 Tortuga Lane
Surf City, North Carolina 28445
Kaelyn’s Celebration of Life:
September 16 at 4:30 PM
Westmoore Community Church
11513 S Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
Officiated by Pastor Paul Cunningham