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Obituary for Lynnelle Kelsey Barnett

Lynelle Kelsey Barnett, most
affectionately known as Kelsey,
was born on March 1, 2010
in Fort Myers, Florida to
her loving parents, Jarrall
Barnett I and Isabella Barnett.
Kelsey is the youngest of five
children, 1 boy and 4 girls.
Kelsey’s earliest years were
spent in Lehigh Acres, Florida,
and she was dedicated at Anchor
Christian Church in Bonita Springs,
and later years spent in Pompano
Beach, Florida. On both coasts of Florida,
Kelsey was adored by all who met her. She was
a cherished friend, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and
granddaughter. Kelsey had a contagious laugh and a
mischievous streak. Kelsey was a girl who took pride in
defying odds. She did so as a newborn, surviving her
first weeks of life; she did so when she came home from
the hospital and grew from infancy to childhood. Kelsey
was so strong, she defied death a handful of times to
become the less than 1.3% of children with Trisomy
13 who live beyond the age of 10. Kelsey knew how to
triumph in a tight spot. And Kelsey only did what she
wanted at any given time: When medical science
challenged her, Kelsey made a mockery of it. When her
doctors or parents wanted something from Kelsey, it was
her way or no way. We will be hard-pressed to find such
a steadfast soul.

Kelsey enjoyed reading books with her mother (some-
times), singing songs with her grandmother, sharing

jokes with her father, and throwing shade at most. She

was the queen of video calling
with many family members
and fans. Kelsey had a way
of drawing people together
and delighted in the
On August 27, 2022, Kelsey
Barnett passed away from
cardiac arrest, with her mother
at her side to comfort her.
Kelsey is survived by her parents,
Jarrall and Isabella Barnett,
and grandparents Aura Barnett and
Rudolph Treece Jr. She is lovingly
remembered by her aunts April Treece and Colbie
Richardson, uncle Rudolph Treece III, cousin Jessica
Treece, and siblings Alayna Vernon (Maurice Vernon),
Isabella Chandrea Treece, Jarrall Barnett II, and Aura
Barnett. Kelsey leaves behind a host of uncles, aunts,
cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and

Kelsey is rejoicing in heaven with her beloved grand-
parents, Lionel Kelso Barnett and Isabella Treece.

Kelsey will be missed dearly, as she touched so many
lives both personally and within the professional medical
community. Her light may not shine before us, but we
carry her light with us every day that we think of her,
every moment we spend loving Kelsey and the lessons
she has taught us. Her life is a testament to impossible

strength and courage, to faith everlasting, and love un-
conditional. May she inspire us for the rest of our days.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying
goodbye so hard.” A.A. Milne