Kayla Jean (Boyd) Knox
1982 - 2020
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ODESSA - Kayla Knox was nine years old when she made the decision to follow Jesus as her Lord and Savior. On June 27, 2020, her salvation was made complete. With her parents by her side, Kayla passed away after a valiant fight against metastatic breast cancer. A West Texas girl at heart, Kayla graduated from Permian High School, received her bachelor's degree of English from Sul Ross University, then completed her education, earning her Master of Education Leadership. Although she had placed her career on hold to raise her two young children, education remained at the forefront of her professional goals. Kayla will be remembered as one whose abiding passion was her love for Jesus, evidenced by the way she valued all people. She sought to live out the power of kindness in every situation. Kayla would be quick to tell you that her greatest blessings and joy was the gift of her children. She was truly a "fun momma" who was never too busy to play. Listening to a conversation between her and her little ones was like listening to the sweetest exchange where the power of words was undeniable. She loved fiercely all her family and was the most loyal friend one could hope to have. Kayla is preceded in death by her little brother, Clinton Dean Boyd, grandfathers, Dean Gregory and Joe Horn and mother-in-law, Amy Knox. Kayla is survived by her husband, Zac Knox and their two precious children, Phoenix and Hendrix, her brother and sister-in-love, Clayton and Marcia Boyd of Keller, her parents, Roger and Deana Boyd of Odessa, grandparents, Barbra Horn of Odessa, and Roger Iwanda Boyd of Big Spring. Also grieving her loss is father-in-law, Shay Knox of Marble Falls and sister-in-law, Sheyenne Knox of Marble Falls and a host of tight-knit extended family. A celebration service of Kayla's life will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at First Baptist Church, Odessa, Texas with Senior Pastor Byron McWilliams and Worship Pastor Andy Johnson officiating. Social distancing will be observed. Those wishing to bless her children can do so, first by your prayers, and if led to do so, may contribute to a special educational account set up by the Boyd family, at Odessa Employees Credit Union, 1006 E. 7th St., Odessa, Texas. The family hopes that you will trust Jesus, stretch your kindness muscles, love larger than you think possible in hard situations and pursue friendships lifelong. This is what Kayla would wish.

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Published in Odessa American on Jun. 30, 2020.
Celebration of Life
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First Baptist Church
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July 28, 2020
I met Kayla only a few times when she visited my church in Houston. She shined with the love of Jesus. She exuded peace. She made an immediate impression on me. I'm so glad I was able to meet Kayla and her children, even if only briefly. I didn't know her whole story, but I prayed fervently for her and her family and thought of them often. It's so interesting how God brings people together for reasons we will never know. I know I was blessed by meeting her and her children. I know she was someone I would have loved to become friends with. I will continue praying for her precious children and family, that they will have peace and comfort as they adjust to life without her and that her children will grow up knowing the love of Jesus.
Emily Nguyen
June 30, 2020
one of Kaylas favorite place to have Mexican food and margaritas and we the staff got too meet her and got to know her as a friend, she will be missed at the restaurant definitely, she was such a friendly and positive soul and thats how we will remember her , we were blessed to got to have known her not just as a customer but a friend we all enjoyed seeing her when she would come into the restaurant at Jorges
Cj Galan
June 30, 2020
I had Kayla in my 5th grade class at Barbara Jordan. I can remember her sweet smile & caring spirit.
My love & prayers go out to family.
Kayla is Home.
Kristi Hackler
June 30, 2020
Send prayers I wish I could be there but I can't love you guys send prayers and hugs
Matthew Daniels
June 30, 2020
Kayla was truly poured out to family, friends, acquaintances and prayer warriors like a drink offering as her departure was at hand. (2 Tim 4:6.) We all saw her fight the good fight, finish the race while keeping the faith. (2Tim 4:7) Thinking of you Deana, Roger, Pheonix (PJ) Hendrix and family with sympathy, love and a prayer that God will bless you every day and keep you in His care as he heals the brokenhearted (Ps 147:3). May you daily share the precious memories of Kayla with each other as you travel through this difficult time.
Deanna Peden
June 30, 2020
I am praying for comfort and peace for all Kayla's family and friends at this sad time. Kayla blessed many people with her beautiful smile and her love for the Lord.
Janice Panning
June 30, 2020
Janice Wiesen Panning
June 30, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. GOD bless you all!
Joana Neal
June 30, 2020
Warrior Kayla is what comes to mind. I have never witnessed such fight and strength.....God shined through Kayla each day. I was so blessed being part of her prayer warrior team. Will continue to lift up her children and loved ones.
JoAnn McComack
June 30, 2020
We Pray that God blesses your Family through this very difficult time. We will keep You in our Prayers. Charlie and Suzanne Smith.
Charlie & Suzanne Smith
June 28, 2020
My heart is with you in your time of sorrow.
Rhonda Copeland
June 28, 2020
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.
Mike and Rita Larson
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