Kelly Ryann Feavel DeScioli ended her courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer, surrounded by those she loved and who loved her, on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Kelly was born in Aurora, Colorado on September 27, 1978 to David and Michelle Feavel. The family moved to Midland, Texas in 1979 where Kelly was raised with her sister Courtney and brother Michael. Kelly attended Santa Rita Elementary School, where she developed and nurtured friendships that endure to this day. She also attended Goddard Junior High School and Robert E. Lee High school, where she was a three-year letterman in golf and led the Lee High Girls' Golf Team to the Texas 5A championship tournament. Upon graduation from Lee High, Kelly attended Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Degree in 2001. Kelly went on to attend Baylor College of Medicine, graduating in the spring of 2005. While in medical school, Dr. Ralph Feigin, past President of Baylor College of Medicine & Physician-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital, became a mentor to Kelly and told her he knew pediatrics would become Kelly's chosen specialty. Dr. Feigin could see in Kelly a special compassion and engagement with children that would become her trademark. Kelly was accepted for a Pediatric residency at Texas Children's Hospital where, at the end of her intern year, she was selected as one of the top three residents in her class. Shortly after receiving this award Kelly was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. After six months of treatments, Kelly returned to complete her residency and upon completion was offered the position of Chief Resident, which she declined due to her illness. Kelly elected to become a Pediatric Hospitalist for Texas Children's Hospital and eventually an Associate Professor of Medicine for Baylor College of Medicine. Kelly was greatly respected and loved by her fellow physicians, and devoted her practice not only to her patients, but to training residents in the art of bedside communication and compassionate caring. As a testament to Kelly's innate leadership and teaching skills, the pediatric residents at Texas Children's' Hospital have dedicated the "Dr. Kelly DeScioli Learning Center", an area Kelly sought for the residents in order that they may have personal resource and conference space.
It was on November 6, 2004 that Kelly married the love of her life, her husband Mike, at St. Ann's Church in Midland. They were married just over one year when Kelly was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout eight years of marriage their love and devotion for each other has been a shining example for all who know them. Their many friends from all walks of life have been a bastion of support, and together with the Feavel and DeScioli families formed "TEAM KELLY" in the battle against Kelly's cancer.
Kelly is predeceased by her maternal grandfather Lewis Pahls. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Michael DeScioli; her parents David and Michelle Feavel of Houston; her sister Courtney Feavel of Dallas; her brother Michael Feavel and his fiancé Marisol Sifuentes of Dallas; her in-laws Tom and Patty DeScioli of Houston; Michele DeScioli of Independence, Ohio; Tom and Mica DeScioli of Houston; her maternal grandmother Constance Pahls of Denver, Colorado; her paternal grandparents Robert and Sallie Feavel of Arvada, Colorado; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and uncountable friends and colleagues. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Kelly's oncologist, Dr. Alfred Yung and his nurse practitioner Eva Lu Lee, as well as the entire staff of the Brain and Spine Clinic at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and her compassionate caregivers with Houston Hospice. The family also would like to recognize the Rose family, whose unwavering love and support has helped us face and endure this trial.
A visitation and rosary will be held for Kelly on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6-8 P.M. with her rosary at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. Services celebrating her life will be Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at St. Anne Catholic Church 2140 Westheimer, Houston, Tx. 77098 at 10:00 A.M. with Fr. Jay Walsh officiating. Concluding services Kelly will be laid to rest at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Fortitudo Dei Fund at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a fund established in Kelly's honor supporting brain cancer research, or the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, or a
My beloved spoke, and said to me:
"Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away. For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!
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