Miley Kalyn Reed, an Olivet senior from Danville, Ill., was called home to be with her Lord on March 14, 2013.
Miley, the beloved daughter of Rick and Beccy (Winkler) Reed of Danville, was born on December 2, 1990. A 2009 graduate of Bismarck Henning High School, Bismarck, Ill., she was a member of the Second Church of Christ in Danville.
An education major at Olivet, she had just passed her Illinois Teachers Certification exam and was doing her student teaching at Mark Twain Primary School in Kankakee. She was looking forward to teaching early childhood education after graduation.
An avid Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals fan, Miley enjoyed running 5Ks for charity — especially The Color Run and The Santa Hustle in Chicago. She played flag football in Olivet’s intramural sports program for four years.
Miley loved the color pink and everything Disney. She always had a smile on her face, and she never slowed down!
A Celebration of Life service was held at her home church in Danville on March 18.
“There are no answers for this, no explanation for what has happened,” said Chaplain Mark Holcomb. “It’s in times like this that we lean in and trust that the peace and presence of our loving God is with us.”
You may join Miley's family in sharing videos, photos and memories on her tribute wall here.
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“Miley had such a way with children. I think she connected so well with them because she possessed a childlike faith — not in an immature sense but in a way that was completely reliant on her Jesus. I can just picture the way she would squeeze her fists and shake them next to her head in delight. She radiated joy that was contagious, and her hugs easily make my list of ‘top 5 best huggers.’”
Melinda Jones ’13 (Ellery, Ill.)
“When I think of Miley, I think of unconditional love. She truly loved like crazy each and every day of her life. She was confident in the woman Christ made her to be. I am forever grateful for Miley's impact on my life.”
Ashley Hall '13 (Elida, Ohio)
“Miley was the real deal — smiley, bubbly, on fire for Jesus, didn’t know a stranger. I remember stepping out of the elevator in Weber Center one day and hearing an excited scream behind me. I turned around to see Miley. She was yelling, ‘We’re Vera sisters!’ We had identical Vera Bradley bags. You couldn’t help being drawn to her. I can still see her in class, sitting in the third row by the windows, smiling at me.”
Dr. Kelly Brown ’92, professor, School of Education