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With deepest sorrow, we announce that our beloved daughter, Lilly Abigail Ketchum, age 12, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 following a car accident after a family trip to the Grand Canyon. Her sudden flight to Heaven has been hard for all who knew her.

Lilly will be missed every day by her Daddy, Robert Ketchum, her Mommy, Holly, Besties Forever Sisters Layla and LucyKate, her Nana and Grandad, Jerry and Cindy, Grandma and Grandpa-Don, Maria and Don, her Grammie JanJan, her Papa Roger, her loving Nini, Unkey, and Unkey JC, Cousins and many, many great friends.

Those who knew Lilly, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Lilly loved reading every book she could, eating Layla’s baking, and riding her new bike. She also enjoyed writing stories in her newspaper, drawing, and learning about Jesus. Her favorite Bible Story was Esther. She most loved playing Barbies with her sisters, going on Daddy Daughter Dates, and helping Mommy. She would love to talk on the phone with her best friend, Evie, too. She was super friendly, silly, spunky, beautiful and tenacious. Lilly could spend hours reading, playing and dancing. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 5 years old. She loved Jesus with all her heart and shined His Light for all to see. She had the joy of Jesus!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Lilly was a wonderful big sister to her sisters who looked up to her in so many ways. She would read to them and they loved how she was their leader. We will always remember­ her running on ahead of us, never looking back. Hair flowing in the wind.

Lilly always wanted to run ahead, on a bike, at the beach, in the store. She has gone ahead again, and what a story she will tell when we see her again!

Our dearest Lilly, our precious gift from God, we cherished the time God gifted you to us. We LOVE and MISS you so much and look forward to that joyous day when we will be reunited in heaven to spend eternity with you!

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Starting with a viewing from 9-10am at San Tan Mountain View Funeral home, at 21809 S Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek. Then between 10:30/11am a graveside service at San Tan Memorial Gardens, 22425 E Cloud Rd., Queen Creek. The family encourages all who knew Lilly to attend to share memories and celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lilly can be made to Samaritans Purse. Lilly loved packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Psalms 61:2 – “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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20 responses to “Lilly Abigail Ketchum Obituary”

  1. Peggy Peters says:

    And missed terribly by Papa Roger!

  2. Chassity Hartsell says:

    Robert and Holly,
    We are so sorry to hear about this news about your precious daughter. Please know we are praying for God’s peace to surround your heart and mind.
    Jason and Chassity Hartsell

  3. Franca says:

    Carissimi Holly e Robert, avete scritto bellissime parole, ho pianto leggendo per il dolore che provo, continuerò a pregare per tutti voi, per questo vuoto che lascia incolmabile!!! Che il Signore vi aiuti a lenire il vostro dolore. Un giorno saremo riuniti tra le braccia di Gesù. Con affetto vi abbraccio tutti. Franca Buglino

  4. Franca Buglino says:

    Carissimi Holly e Robert, bellissime parole per descrivere la vostra Lilly, vi abbraccio tutti e sono vicino a tutti voi con le mie preghiere. Con affetto Franca

  5. Brenda Sayger says:

    Robert, Holly and girls, My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your precious Lilly. I know God is with you through this trying time. Lean on Him for everything that you need. Love and Prayers to all of you and the entire Family.

  6. Larraine Simmons says:

    I an so sorry for your loss and the heartache it brings. Lilly has left behind a beautiful testimony and example that many will remember. May we follow her example and may that testimony be a comfort to all. Love and prayers for all from your family in Tennessee.

  7. Cynthia Carter says:

    Thank you, Franca.
    “Dear Holly and Robert, you wrote beautiful words, I cried reading for the pain I feel, I will continue to pray for all of you, for this void that leaves unbridgeable !!! May the Lord help you soothe your pain. One day we will be gathered in the arms of Jesus. With affection I embrace you all. Franca Buglino”

  8. Cynthia Carter says:

    My Dear Robert, Holly, Layla, and LucyKate,
    The memories of our sweet Lilly will be cherished, along with all the drawings and lessons that her life taught me. I will always love her, as I do all of you. Granddad and I will rejoice with you in her memories until we meet again in Heaven.
    Love, Nana
    P.S. Lilly, you will be in my heart always and forever.
    P.P.S. I will kiss Daisy for you. She misses you, too.

  9. Jon Benzinger says:

    My eyes are filled with tears as I read about your precious Lilly and your trust in our Lord during this terrible tragedy. We love you all dearly, and rejoice that your anticipation of a reunion with her is not wishful thinking, but a settled hope based firmly on Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. May this truth, your family, friends and church, and the comfort of His never-ending presence guide and comfort you in the days and years ahead.

  10. Stephen and Tamela Hardison says:

    Robert and Holly, my heart breaks when I try to fathom what y’all are going through. Me and Tamela are praying for your family during this difficult time.

  11. Paula Deitch says:

    I am at a loss for words for the hurt that you’re going through. What you wrote about your daughter Lily is amazing and I admire your strength. Every time I think of your family I say a prayer for God to wrap his loving arms around you and hold you tight.

  12. casey priest says:

    Dear Ketchum family,

    I had the privilege of having Lilly in our 5-6th grade class at Redeemer Bible church. We chatted a few times when class was over. She was a very bright girl and loved God. I enjoyed our short time together on earth. Praying for the whole family in this hour of devastation.

  13. Mikaela Vega says:

    Dear Robert, Holly, and family,

    I cannot express how sorry I am to hear of your daughter’s passing. She was a beautiful girl! My family and I are all praying for each one of you during this difficult time. There is no doubt Lilly is dancing in Heaven, and watching over each one of you. She will always be with you in your hearts and by your side, and will be waiting to greet you in Heaven one day! Please reach out if there is anything we can do for you.
    Love, Mikaela and Family

  14. AZINA G COOPER says:

    My deepest condolences to the families.

  15. Pamela Howard-Grahg says:

    My heart is breaking for you all, sending all my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dianne Philip says:

    Dear Robert, Holly, Layla & LucyKate, Jerry & Cindy, and Don & Maria. Even though I am a long way from you here in Australia, my thoughts & prayers are with you all. I feel so blessed to have met you all through Don & Maria, during my trips to Arizona. I found Lilly, Layla & LucyKate to be the most beautiful girls with manners to match. Always smiling & a delight to be around. I remember Lilly in particular was amused by the way I spoke with my Aussie accent. My heart aches for you at this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you all & keep you safe during this time of need.

  17. Casey Yontz says:

    I’m friends with Jeremiah. As a father of two little girls, I just want to tell you all that my family and I are praying for you. I cannot express enough how sorry I am for for your loss! I believe that your daughter is in heaven with Jesus. God bless you all!

  18. Megan says:

    Holly, I doubt you remember me from that little church in VA, but I wanted you to know my prayers are with you and your family during this time. Praying for peace that can only come from Jesus.

  19. Alicia E says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers to you all. Hugs.

  20. Paige says:

    Robert and Holly, I am just so sorry. My heart hurts for you and the rest of your family. While reading these words, it is easy to see what a beautiful girl your daughter Lilly was… inside and out. I really have no words, but please know that you both are in my prayers. I am praying for God’s presence to be so near to you today and in the days ahead… that you will know the peace that passes all our understanding. ❤️

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Lilly Abigail Ketchum Obituary


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With deepest sorrow, we announce that our beloved daughter, Lilly Abigail Ketchum, age 12, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 following a car accident after a family trip to the Grand Canyon. Her sudden flight to Heaven has been hard for all who knew her.

Lilly will be missed every day by her Daddy, Robert Ketchum, her Mommy, Holly, Besties Forever Sisters Layla and LucyKate, her Nana and Grandad, Jerry and Cindy, Grandma and Grandpa-Don, Maria and Don, her Grammie JanJan, her Papa Roger, her loving Nini, Unkey, and Unkey JC, Cousins and many, many great friends.

Those who knew Lilly, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Lilly loved reading every book she could, eating Layla’s baking, and riding her new bike. She also enjoyed writing stories in her newspaper, drawing, and learning about Jesus. Her favorite Bible Story was Esther. She most loved playing Barbies with her sisters, going on Daddy Daughter Dates, and helping Mommy. She would love to talk on the phone with her best friend, Evie, too. She was super friendly, silly, spunky, beautiful and tenacious. Lilly could spend hours reading, playing and dancing. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 5 years old. She loved Jesus with all her heart and shined His Light for all to see. She had the joy of Jesus!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Lilly was a wonderful big sister to her sisters who looked up to her in so many ways. She would read to them and they loved how she was their leader. We will always remember­ her running on ahead of us, never looking back. Hair flowing in the wind.

Lilly always wanted to run ahead, on a bike, at the beach, in the store. She has gone ahead again, and what a story she will tell when we see her again!

Our dearest Lilly, our precious gift from God, we cherished the time God gifted you to us. We LOVE and MISS you so much and look forward to that joyous day when we will be reunited in heaven to spend eternity with you!

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Starting with a viewing from 9-10am at San Tan Mountain View Funeral home, at 21809 S Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek. Then between 10:30/11am a graveside service at San Tan Memorial Gardens, 22425 E Cloud Rd., Queen Creek. The family encourages all who knew Lilly to attend to share memories and celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lilly can be made to Samaritans Purse. Lilly loved packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Psalms 61:2 – “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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20 responses to “Lilly Abigail Ketchum Obituary”

  1. Peggy Peters says:

    And missed terribly by Papa Roger!

  2. Chassity Hartsell says:

    Robert and Holly,
    We are so sorry to hear about this news about your precious daughter. Please know we are praying for God’s peace to surround your heart and mind.
    Jason and Chassity Hartsell

  3. Franca says:

    Carissimi Holly e Robert, avete scritto bellissime parole, ho pianto leggendo per il dolore che provo, continuerò a pregare per tutti voi, per questo vuoto che lascia incolmabile!!! Che il Signore vi aiuti a lenire il vostro dolore. Un giorno saremo riuniti tra le braccia di Gesù. Con affetto vi abbraccio tutti. Franca Buglino

  4. Franca Buglino says:

    Carissimi Holly e Robert, bellissime parole per descrivere la vostra Lilly, vi abbraccio tutti e sono vicino a tutti voi con le mie preghiere. Con affetto Franca

  5. Brenda Sayger says:

    Robert, Holly and girls, My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your precious Lilly. I know God is with you through this trying time. Lean on Him for everything that you need. Love and Prayers to all of you and the entire Family.

  6. Larraine Simmons says:

    I an so sorry for your loss and the heartache it brings. Lilly has left behind a beautiful testimony and example that many will remember. May we follow her example and may that testimony be a comfort to all. Love and prayers for all from your family in Tennessee.

  7. Cynthia Carter says:

    Thank you, Franca.
    “Dear Holly and Robert, you wrote beautiful words, I cried reading for the pain I feel, I will continue to pray for all of you, for this void that leaves unbridgeable !!! May the Lord help you soothe your pain. One day we will be gathered in the arms of Jesus. With affection I embrace you all. Franca Buglino”

  8. Cynthia Carter says:

    My Dear Robert, Holly, Layla, and LucyKate,
    The memories of our sweet Lilly will be cherished, along with all the drawings and lessons that her life taught me. I will always love her, as I do all of you. Granddad and I will rejoice with you in her memories until we meet again in Heaven.
    Love, Nana
    P.S. Lilly, you will be in my heart always and forever.
    P.P.S. I will kiss Daisy for you. She misses you, too.

  9. Jon Benzinger says:

    My eyes are filled with tears as I read about your precious Lilly and your trust in our Lord during this terrible tragedy. We love you all dearly, and rejoice that your anticipation of a reunion with her is not wishful thinking, but a settled hope based firmly on Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. May this truth, your family, friends and church, and the comfort of His never-ending presence guide and comfort you in the days and years ahead.

  10. Stephen and Tamela Hardison says:

    Robert and Holly, my heart breaks when I try to fathom what y’all are going through. Me and Tamela are praying for your family during this difficult time.

  11. Paula Deitch says:

    I am at a loss for words for the hurt that you’re going through. What you wrote about your daughter Lily is amazing and I admire your strength. Every time I think of your family I say a prayer for God to wrap his loving arms around you and hold you tight.

  12. casey priest says:

    Dear Ketchum family,

    I had the privilege of having Lilly in our 5-6th grade class at Redeemer Bible church. We chatted a few times when class was over. She was a very bright girl and loved God. I enjoyed our short time together on earth. Praying for the whole family in this hour of devastation.

  13. Mikaela Vega says:

    Dear Robert, Holly, and family,

    I cannot express how sorry I am to hear of your daughter’s passing. She was a beautiful girl! My family and I are all praying for each one of you during this difficult time. There is no doubt Lilly is dancing in Heaven, and watching over each one of you. She will always be with you in your hearts and by your side, and will be waiting to greet you in Heaven one day! Please reach out if there is anything we can do for you.
    Love, Mikaela and Family

  14. AZINA G COOPER says:

    My deepest condolences to the families.

  15. Pamela Howard-Grahg says:

    My heart is breaking for you all, sending all my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dianne Philip says:

    Dear Robert, Holly, Layla & LucyKate, Jerry & Cindy, and Don & Maria. Even though I am a long way from you here in Australia, my thoughts & prayers are with you all. I feel so blessed to have met you all through Don & Maria, during my trips to Arizona. I found Lilly, Layla & LucyKate to be the most beautiful girls with manners to match. Always smiling & a delight to be around. I remember Lilly in particular was amused by the way I spoke with my Aussie accent. My heart aches for you at this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you all & keep you safe during this time of need.

  17. Casey Yontz says:

    I’m friends with Jeremiah. As a father of two little girls, I just want to tell you all that my family and I are praying for you. I cannot express enough how sorry I am for for your loss! I believe that your daughter is in heaven with Jesus. God bless you all!

  18. Megan says:

    Holly, I doubt you remember me from that little church in VA, but I wanted you to know my prayers are with you and your family during this time. Praying for peace that can only come from Jesus.

  19. Alicia E says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers to you all. Hugs.

  20. Paige says:

    Robert and Holly, I am just so sorry. My heart hurts for you and the rest of your family. While reading these words, it is easy to see what a beautiful girl your daughter Lilly was… inside and out. I really have no words, but please know that you both are in my prayers. I am praying for God’s presence to be so near to you today and in the days ahead… that you will know the peace that passes all our understanding. ❤️

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