Gracie Kiltz
1992 - 2018
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Rebekah Grace "Gracie" Kiltz
Rebekah Grace "Gracie" Kiltz went home to Jesus on September 8, 2018, surrounded by the singing voices of her beloved family and friends. Gracie was born to John and Erin Kiltz on May 17, 1992, the youngest of three children. Despite being born with Down's Syndrome, Gracie set her sights on keeping up with her sister, Emily, and brother, Riley, spending her precocious little years roaming the countryside in Hockley, Texas.
At the age of two, Gracie was diagnosed with leukemia, which she fought with joy and courage. At three, she suffered a severe brain injury that would drastically alter the remaining years of her life. Doctors told Gracie's family that she would never smile again, but during Thanksgiving week 1995, Gracie's smile returned--a smile that would brighten the lives of thousands in the decades to come.
In 1997, inspired by Gracie's perseverance during her leukemia treatment and the beautiful circle of support that surrounded her and their family during that time, Gracie's parents founded His Grace Foundation. HGF provides physical, emotional, and financial support to patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children's Hospital.
In 2004, Gracie's family moved to Georgetown, Texas. In 2010, Gracie was elected Homecoming Queen by her Georgetown High School classmates, a story covered by ABC World News. As it often did, Gracie's wheelchair sported custom spoke guard covers for her crowning. Everything sparkled that night--Gracie's smile, her shoes, and her wheel covers.
In 2011, the Kiltz family founded Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG), an innovative vocational community that creates meaningful work, builds a sense of belonging and validates dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. Gracie loved to work in the BiG kitchen chopping strawberries, pulling down the dishwasher door, and lifting up lace to see the patterns forming on pottery.
Gracie's vibrant personality that began in childhood persisted throughout her young adult years. When friends and family gathered, Gracie would give each person in the room her signature "boo-boo lip" until they showered her with kisses. She loved to grab hands away from pianos and pull hair to turn faces toward hers. On Sunday mornings, Gracie sang along to worship music with joyous shouts of praise.
From skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado to traipsing about New York City, Gracie delighted in adventure. She smiled bright and laughed loud while tubing on the lake, rafting rapids, and riding horses. Perhaps most of all, Gracie loved to dance – at home with her family, at the rec center, and at Night to Shine.
Every Friday for the past fourteen years, Gracie rode horses at ROCK. Almost every Saturday, you could find Gracie at the bowling alley. For her 25th birthday, friends and family from all over the country joined Gracie on the dance floor for hours of sweet celebration.
Gracie's life, while full of suffering and hardship, was all the more full of love and dignity that she never failed to give to others as well. Loving survivors include Gracie's parents, John and Erin Kiltz, older sister Emily and husband Luke and their sons Caleb and Elias, older brother Riley and wife Emily and their daughters Talitha and Faye.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on September 22nd at 3 p.m. at Georgetown Church of Christ, followed by a reception and BiG dance party at the Sheraton Georgetown.
A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to DANCE. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4
In lieu of flowers, the Kiltz family would be honored if donations were sent to Brookwood in Georgetown at 905 N. Church St. Georgetown, TX 78626 or online at

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sep. 12, 2018.
Celebration of Life
03:00 PM
Georgetown Church of Christ
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September 21, 2018
Depending on the weather I plan to be in Georgetown for the service. You are all so brave and have made her life so meaningful. May God comfort and support you in your grief. Mamommy's YOBC buddy Jessie Killian
Jessie Killian
September 21, 2018
The Kiltz family is love! We enjoyed the privilege of community with y'all for a few years and have been blessed by the example of your wonderful family. You live well and love well, and it overflows uncontainably. Gracie always overflowed with smiles for everyone. I know she will be deeply missed.

Love and prayers,
Steve and Connie Dunlap and family
September 16, 2018
I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find comfort in Psalms 94:19.
September 14, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to you Erin and your family. I cannot imagine.....

Donna Fruge'
September 13, 2018
I never had the privilege of meeting Gracie, however, her incredible legacy has already made a positive impact in my life. May her memories live in your hearts and minds for as long as you live and may her life continue to inspire and warm the hearts of many.
"If he gave his life to love Him, so will I"
- X Billion Times
September 12, 2018
Deepest sympathy to the Kiltz family on the loss of Gracie may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together as you remember a life lived and loved by many
Psalms 90:10
September 12, 2018
May the bereaved family be comforted by looking forward to Jesus' promise recorded at John 6:40.
A. L.
September 12, 2018
Sending love and light to the Kiltz & O'Meara families and everyone mourning the loss of sweet Gracie. May God comfort you in this time and keep you.
John 14:1-3
Lynn Howell
September 12, 2018
It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk, laugh, or hold that loved one can be most difficult to deal with. The Bible, however, can give us comfort on how God feels about death and how He wants wants to comfort you during this difficult time. -1 Thessalonians 4:13,14
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