Kaitlyn Grant flew away with the angels on Saturday, December 5, 2015. She was born in Billings, MT to her parents Sheri Cardwell, Grant Dede and Bob Grant on June 29, 1997. She was their second born having a big brother, Taylor Ivan Grant.
Katie never wanted to miss out on anything & decided that naps were for babies. She would go & go until she crashed with exhaustion as she would do for her entire life. At 3 she was diagnosed with a very rare muscle disease that only a handful of children in the world had, but this wasn’t going to slow Katie’s hunger for life down. She spent her time with her Grandma Lovey (Donna Cardwell) while Mom & Dad worked. Katie was a very smart, happy, witty & stubborn kid who had an “old soul”.
She got to travel & do a lot of things kids her age normally didn’t get to do. Katie was the Muscular Dystrophy Good Will Ambassador for Montana while she was 8 & 9. She was able to travel all across Montana to fundraisers & statewide Firefighters Conventions to speak, Katie always insisting that she write all of her own speeches. On her ninth birthday she gave her own speech to the International Harley Davidson Convention in Billings. Within minutes she had all of the bikers’ hearts melting. She was invited to sit in the VIP stands with the President of HD along with Davidson’s grandson so that she could watch her friends Sugar Land band & Shelly Fairchild. She was given her first Harley Davidson motorcycle jacket & developed a lifelong love for the bikes & their riders. During the summers she was able to attend the MDA summer camps in Havre & Seeley Lake. These were the highlight of her year because she was able to be a “normal” kid there.
During her sick days she traveled to Kansas City, KS, New Orleans, Denver & Aurora’s new Children’s Hospital so that she could see her specialists, and also saw the caring doctors at the Shriners’ Hospital in Spokane. Wherever Katie went she melted hearts as she always had a kind word for everyone even when she was at her worst.
At a young age Katie was blessed with a second daddy, Dick Dede Jr., and a stepmother, Cynthia Grant. Along with them came step brothers, a step sister & a half-sister who was very dear to her. She preferred not to think of them as step or half anything, they were her brothers & sisters. With her expanded family she found a fix for her love of kids as an Aunt.
Katie spent many days, weeks & even years in & out of the hospitals including multiple surgeries & pain. She never let it beat her spirits down & fought each day to go on. Every time something else went wrong she always found a way to adapt & move forward.
On Dec 1, 2015 Katie was moved to the Riverstone Hospice House for her quality of life. They knew how to take care of her with the respect, dignity, and love. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who took care of her at the Hospice House especially, Mark her big teddy bear.
As soon as she knew her time was limited she started working on getting her things in order. Katie loved her mom who was by her side always. In Katie’s last days she was planning her own funeral because she was worried about the extra pain & heartache it would cause her mom & family.
With her family & close friends she was held with love until the Angels came & peacefully she went with them to dance & fly thru the heavens. She had told her mommy before she left that every time she saw a butterfly she was to know that Katie was there & ok but just flying by to check on her.
Katie has requested no viewing & no flowers at her funeral, other than those that she chose for her family to say goodbye with. She insisted that if the weather turned bad that those traveling would stay home with love, laughter & their families in her honor.
In lieu of flowers Katie requested that money be donated to any local Ronald McDonald House or to her memorial fund at Wells Fargo Bank for expenses. She chose the Ronald McDonald House because without them it would have made it impossible for her family to be by her side so many times.
Katie was proceeded in death by her Grandparents Mary (Grant) & Walt Deighton, Grandmothers Donna Cardwell & Ada I Dede. She is survived by her parents: Sheri (Dick) Dede Jr., Robert (Cynthia) Grant, brothers: Taylor Grant, Kevin & Mike Dede, Wesley & Bradley Moss. Sisters: Ada Dede & Sheena Wheeler. Grandfathers: Bob Cardwell & Dick Dede Sr. along with many wonderful Aunts, Uncles, & precious nephews & many cousins.
Katie, you were our life, strength, hero, role model & love of our lives. We will love & miss you forever until were together again.
There will be a memorial service at Cremation & Funeral Gallery Friday, Dec 11 at 1:00pm she wanted everyone to join her family for a celebration of her life following the service will be a reception at 2:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2216 Grand Ave. Billings.