5 times soon after the demise of her daughter, Traci Yeaton struggled to generate her obituary.
FORT KENT, Maine — 5 times right after the dying of her daughter, Traci Yeaton struggled to produce her obituary.
“I just cannot get earlier the initially two words and phrases, ‘Kelsey Jane … ’,” Yeaton said.
Kelsey Jane Whitely, 28, died unexpectedly the early morning of Thursday, Might 27, during a head-on collision that also critically injured the other driver, Chantal Hayes, 44, also from Fort Kent.
Whitely, a registered nurse, was returning to her residence in Fort Kent from a midnight shift at Northern Light-weight A.R. Gould Clinic in Presque isle when her motor vehicle crossed the centerline of Route 161 in Madawaska Lake.
“It’s not the telephone phone I at any time thought I’d get, not Kelsey,” Yeaton reported.
Kelsey Whitely had considerably to reside for — a loving husband, Ricardo Whitely, and the couple’s two young little ones, daughter Jacelynn, a pre-kindergarten scholar, and son Javaughn, born just three months back.
The youthful spouse and mother was also closing in on a master’s degree in nursing, and in a subject of months would have fulfilled her dream of getting to be a nurse practitioner.
Kelsey Whitely experienced just not long ago returned to perform pursuing the start of her son, and was passionate about nursing.
“She desired to give back again and to help men and women,” Ricardo Whitely claimed.
Hayes, a one mom of a few youngsters — daughter Karis, 18, and sons Joah, 8, and Malachi, 6 — was touring from her house in Fort Kent to her task as director at Extremely Physique Contour Med Spa in Presque Isle when the crash occurred. She remains hospitalized at Northern Gentle Jap Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
“It’s a tragedy all the way all over,” Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes, Chantal Hayes’ brother, stated. “You have two hardworking mothers doing work to give for their households touring to and from perform. When we pray for Chantal we also pray for the Whitely loved ones. There is a partner and small children who don’t have their mom at all and our coronary heart goes out to them.”
Originally from Wilton, Kelsey Whitely moved north to show up at the College of Maine at Fort Kent, the place she acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing and observed the adore of her everyday living in fellow college student Ricardo Whitely, a soccer player from Jamaica.
The few fulfilled at a school dance the place Ricardo Whitely was enamored by his upcoming wife’s smile and temperament.
“It just clicked,” Ricardo Whitely reported. “You know when you satisfy someone if it feels proper. She was a excellent human staying, you know.”
Kelsey heard a calling to develop into a nurse as a youngster, though encouraging to treatment for her previous stepfather for the duration of his fight with most cancers.
“Some men and women are sweet. Kelsey was really sweet, so type, just pretty sort,” Yeaton stated.
“She experienced a good deal of drive and would do just about anything for her relatives.”
Ricardo Whitely, a exclusive schooling tech and soccer and tennis mentor for Unhappy 27, mentioned his spouse was “the rock of the loved ones.”
Kelsey Whitely revered her husband’s adore of sporting activities, attending soccer video games at UMFK and video games he coached for substantial school college students.
She also appreciated her husband’s cultural heritage and mastered the art of cooking his beloved meal — rice and peas.
At the time of Kelsey Whitely’s dying, the few was preparing a return vacation to Jamaica to commit time with Ricardo’s relatives.
She was a devoted mom to her little ones and would browse to them nightly and shell out time accomplishing arts and crafts with Jacelynn.
“She leaves me with two angels,” Ricardo Whitely claimed. “I will acquire it day by working day to do the most effective I can for them.”
Yeaton claimed her grandchildren are what has retained her likely considering that shedding her daughter.
“It’s my survival,” she claimed. “When Javaughn wakes up with a small smile on his facial area I can really smile — the same with Jacelynn.”
“If she even had a probability in that vehicle she would have accomplished anything to get back again to them. They were being her entire world,” Yeaton additional. “They will the two know her I assurance they will know who their mother was. Kelsey will not be neglected.”
Right before the incident, Chantal Hayes served as a worship leader and singer for her church, AGAPE Christian Fellowship in Fort Kent.
Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes stated the most essential things in his sister’s daily life are God and family members.
“Her little ones are her planet and serving God and becoming a light and ministering to some others, her hope and her pleasure that she has in Christ, sharing that with other folks is what tends to make her tick ,” he said.
The brother and sister share a distinctive bond.
“Chantal and I are what they simply call ‘Irish Twins’,” Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes said. “We ended up born 11 months apart in the same calendar year. As preacher’s youngsters we traveled and moved a whole lot, so she and I have always been near. She is me in a skirt or I am her in a kilt. As a result of marriages and divorces, and loved ones tragedies, like when her spouse [Karis’ father] drowned in Extensive Lake a long time in the past, we have always been each and every other’s anchor.”
Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes instantly rushed to be in close proximity to his sister, who was transported to the Bangor medical center by a LifeFlight helicopter.
“She had several broken ribs, broken leg, damaged foot, and worst of all a shattered pelvic bone,” he explained. “She had contusions to each her coronary heart and lungs. Her lungs have been seeping air into her upper body cavity and one of her lungs had collapsed.”
Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes and his wife Tammie Hayes gathered Chantal’s daughter Karis, who will graduate from Fort Kent Group Superior College future week, and straight away headed to Bangor.
The family members has experienced to get turns staying by Chantal’s facet, thanks to COVID-19 limits that restrict the selection of clinic people.
Chantal Hayes, who experienced taught aerobics and kickboxing, has remained in an induced coma and been through various surgical procedures in the 7 days due to the fact the accident, which include trauma operation to prevent internal bleeding and orthopedic surgical procedures to her foot, hip and pelvis, with potential surgical procedures anticipated.
“The physicians said their aim, if almost everything goes well, Chantal will be ready to walk on level surfaces devoid of discomfort,” Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes mentioned. “As a relatives of religion, the doctors’ aim is our baseline for what we’re believing her restoration is going to be.”
“Right now her overall body is definitely weak but her soul and her spirit are earning up for that weak spot with outstanding energy that’s observing her by way of this right now,” he included.
GoFundMe webpages have been established up for the families of Kelsey Whitely and Chantal Hayes. There is also a “Family Indicates Every little thing — $10 Sponsor Spot” fundraiser on Fb to support elevate dollars for the Hayes spouse and children to go to Chantal at the Bangor hospital.
The community is invited to attend solutions for Kelsey Whitely at 11 a.m. on June 12, at St. John Vianney Parish. A gathering to reminisce about Whitely will abide by at Riverside Park.