Kelly Fanning
1964 - 2016
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue
Caldwell, ID
Kelly Colleen Fanning
October 10, 1964 - October 8, 2016
The lamb will be their shepherd and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:17
Our courageous, loving Kelly Colleen Fanning departed her Parma home October 8, 2016. Her final days, weeks, and months were spent enjoying the company of her family, numerous friends and most importantly, her three daughters, Shaelyn, Sierra, and Sheridan. Believing that life's challenges provided opportunity for leaving a legacy for her daughters, Kelly faced her 8-year battle with cancer with grace, dignity and courage. She also believed that the silver lining in her experience with cancer has been the amazing love and support that she received from family and friends. She described them as being her source of strength, courage, and hope. She acknowledged that if love could cure cancer she would be immune to the disease.
Kelly was born in Nampa, Idaho, October 10, 1964 to Sherry and Stan Fanning. She immediately began traveling with her parents as her father was experiencing his final year of professional football. Her early education was in Surrey County, England, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Mexico City, where she developed a lifelong interest in the Mexican culture and proficiency with the language. Kelly attended junior and senior high in Caldwell, Idaho, where she was senior class president and commencement speaker in 1982.
She attended the University of Idaho and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in communicative disorders. Kelly also graduated from Arizona Western College with an associate degree in nursing from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in nursing, a master's degree in family nurse practice (nurse practitioner) from Idaho State University and a doctorate in Nursing Practices from the University of Alabama. She worked in home health care, hospital nursing in Nampa, and was a family nurse practitioner for over ten years in Wilder and Parma in the West Valley clinics.
In 2014 Kelly was named the Idaho Nurse Practitioner of the year and that same year she was awarded the Idaho State University Distinguished Teacher. In 2015 she was involved in obtaining a 1.5 million grant to assist Idaho State University's School of Nursing in providing health care for refugees.
In recent years Kelly was awarded a community award in Parma, Idaho. She was able to organize a summer swim team and was their coach for several years. Kelly was very involved with 4-H.
Kelly had so many interests. She had been a competitive swimmer, on the ski patrol in Alaska, a barrel racer in Arizona, and, when cancer slowed her down, she took up quilting.
Kelly was all about love. She was glad for the adventures she had and opportunities she had been given. She readily described her life as having been born to great parents who were also born to great parents, as having loved and been loved, and as blessed to travel through life with her sister, Erin, as her best friend. Kelly was so grateful for her many aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, her beloved brother-in-law Keith Radwanski, her son-in-law Lance Travis, her dear companions and caregivers Shane Harris, P T Rathbone and his family. And she is also grateful for the fathers of her children Dan Starnes whom she married in l986, and Doug Pesnell DVM, married in 2000, because without them she would not have her beloved children. Kelly considered motherhood to be the best of life's adventures and her three daughters her greatest source of joy. She reveled in their growing sense of independence and confidence and was proud of the young ladies they have become. She was impressed by their accomplishments, maturity beyond their years, and their resilient zest of life.
Kelly was baptized as an infant in Grace Episcopal Church in Nampa. She loved the Lord; she believed in Jesus Christ as her savior and life eternal. Kelly always looked for Christ in everybody.
Thank you Dr. Jonathan Swardloff, Patty Green, and the rest of the amazing staff at MSTI, Fruitland. Thank you also the Reverend Mark Cox of Sterry Memorial Church for traveling the journey with Kelly.
"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
A memorial service will be held at Sterry Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Idaho, on Sunday, October 16th at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Parma Swim Team in care of Parma City Hall, 305 N 3rd St, Parma, ID 83660; Nursing Scholarships at Idaho State University, Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E Central Drive, Meridian, ID 83642; Sterry Memorial Presbyterian Church, PO Box 655, Parma, ID 83660; or the charity of your choice.
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Published by Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 12, 2016.
Memorial service
Sterry Memorial Presbyterian Church
, Roswell, ID
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Kelly and I were close friends while attending the University of MS. We were confidants, study buddies, neighbors - so many wonderful memories. After school, life got busy and we lost touch. I have often thought of her over the years and in hopes of reconnecting via a google search, instead discovered her passing. I am deeply saddened by this news but inspired to learn of the life she led and people she touched. Clearly, Kelly lived her best life and made an impression upon all who were fortunate enough to meet her. Kelly's bright light will for always shine.
Rex Banks
August 19, 2018
Kelly, a beautiful soul. I was fortunate to love her and know her for 40 years. She inspired me and helped me navigate my life. She was my go to for parental and career advice. She helped me believe in me. I must now go on without her voice, but never without her counsel. I will just listen differently because I will never feel she is not with me. She is with those amazing daughters she loves and will guide gently through whispers of love. My heart goes out to all family and friends who were amazed by her courage, strength and inspiration
..and her fun and delightful spirit. We were lucky in life to know and love her.
Twyla Lehto
January 13, 2017
Dearest Colleague and Friend,
Kelly was the one everyone wanted to work with, have on the same team or simply be in the same room with. We already miss her so much on our team but I know how much she has suffered quietly and now, dear Kelly, rest and be comforted that you brought great things to many lives during your brief time on earth.
Miki Goodwin
October 16, 2016
Kelly always had a beautiful heart that radiated through her smile. I cry for your family, but smile because I know you are with the Lord.
Keri Parker
October 16, 2016
In honor of a beautiful soul.
Margaret Custer
October 15, 2016
Kelly, I will always be blessed to know you. Your strength and caring have touched so many. I know that touch will last for eternity. And the world is a lesser place without you in it. I miss you cousin!
October 14, 2016
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Kelly. No matter how old we are, losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But her goodness, caring, and wisdom live on, like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May God comfort your broken hearts and make you firm. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
October 13, 2016
Rest in peace, Kelly. You brought strength and happiness to those around you. Sherry and Erin, I can't imagine the emptiness of your loss. A daughter, sister, mother, cousin, nurse, friend, and heroic spirit was taken from us all at once. To Kelly's daughters: Live your lives to emulate the strength that your mother showed. Show, intelligence, love, beauty, perseverance, and strength just as she showed in her life. Bless you, Kelly. I'll miss you!
Brad Fanning
October 13, 2016
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