Our beloved friend, Kelly R. Dygert, 51, departed for greener pastures on May 23, 2013, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Two of her closest friends were at her side.|
Kelly was born to Peter J. and Janet Grana Dygert on Aug. 23, 1961, in Rochester, N.Y. She graduated from Fairport High School in Fairport, N.Y., in 1979.
Her sister Kristen said, "Kelly always had a positive outlook and liked to know how things worked. She would buy books and ask questions because she wanted to know about everything."
Kelly then moved to Colorado where she was employed as a florist in Fort Collins while attending Colorado State University. She graduated in 1984, with a degree in animal sciences and husbandry.
After moving to Alaska, Kelly attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was involved in the care of the reindeer herds.
In 1990, she began employment at Flint Hills Refinery as a laboratory technician where her superior job performance and intelligence proved invaluable. She was soon promoted to chemist, a position she held until her death. She was enthusiastic about her job, in particular, striving for excellence in developing new methods for advanced scientific instrumentation.
Kelly's life revolved around her Rottweilers. She was a member of the American Rottweiler Club since 1993. She was an instructor for the Tanana Valley Kennel Club, the Alaska K9 Center and was active in animal rescue. Her goal was to help everyone achieve success with their dogs. She participated in or taught tracking, rally, obedience, confirmation, agility, herding, lure coursing and weight pulling.
After being diagnosed with cancer two years ago, Kelly showed her courage and determination. She fought long and hard with grace and dignity. Her final act of kindness was to ensure her dogs would go to good homes.
Her aunt Karen told Kelly she had accomplished much in her lifetime and did it all herself; she could be proud of her life. Karen said, "Kelly was our brave and courageous girl, she never surrendered and had the strength to move forward and get things done."
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her sister, Kristen Dygert; and nephews, Sean and Joey, of New York; aunts, Karen Freed, of Florida; and Nancy Webber, of New York; many cousins; her beloved dogs; and many dear friends.
She was met at the Rainbow Bridge by her dogs who had gone before her.
Her friends will gather to celebrate Kelly's life with a barbecue and potluck at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Alaska K9 Center, 1995 Badger Road, North Pole. Please come and bring a dish to share and your memories of Kelly.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 18, 2013