Memorial service celebrates a life taken too soon
Friends, family, and hundreds of community members said goodbye today to the Traverse City woman who lost her life when she was hit while riding her bike last week.
"She was a great spirit and she was a very close friend to all of us," said Mike Moran, a close family friend. "She made that very apparent."
There were tears, laughter, and a lot of love as more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate the life of 29-year-old Kelly Boyce-Hurlbert. Kelly's life was cut short after she was hit while riding her bike on July 5th - but today wasn't about her death, and was instead a celebration of her life.
Kelly's family and her husband Paul wanted to remember Kelly for her sparkling personality. They asked guests to wear bright colors and some even came in tu-tus.
"She loved bikes, she loved panda bears, she loved purple and green, she loved her husband Paul. She was very witty, very smart girl, very quick with a joke," said Moran.
The sounds of Kelly's favorite songs filled F&M Park Thursday afternoon thanks to a band made up of Kelly and Paul's friends - because Kelly loved to dance and listen to her husband play.
After the ceremony, hundreds of cyclists got on their bikes and rode down the streets of Traverse City in honor of Kelly's love of biking.
The ride ended at Hannah Park, where loved ones were able to share more stories about Kelly and what she meant to those who knew her.
Kelly's sister had a simple message for those who came out and for anyone who knows anything about the accident that killed Kelly. "The family would just like to say thank you to everyone, for their support, and their help through this," said Kelly's sister, Nicole Nostrandt. "There's somebody out there that knows something and please call it in. And thank you."
Kelly's husband, Paul, spoke lovingly about her, "Kelly was the most caring, selfless, understanding, positive, fun woman you've ever met. Never forget the most beautiful. "