Article reposted from Oklahoma’s Own News 9
Author: Deanne Stein
“The most caring person you’ll ever meet.” That’s how Colin Hamilton describes his daughter, 23-year-old Kaylee Hamilton.
“Her name was written in the book of life, God called her home,” he said Sunday afternoon from his Ft. Cobb home.
Hamilton said Kaylee’s mission in life was to help others. So, stopping to help the victims of a rollover accident near Yukon came as no surprise to her family.
“I gotta stop, call ya later,” said Holly Skinner, recalling her last conversation with her sister before she stopped near the accident scene Friday evening.
Skinner said her sister and two others got out of their cars along Interstate 40 near Frisco Road to help pull the family out of the car to safety. She said they got them out just before another car hit them. Kaylee died along with David Vallerand, an elementary school principal and coach from Okarche. The condition of the third good Samaritan is unknown.
“She stopped. Period,” said Penny Berry, Kaylee’s aunt. “She didn’t know what the outcome was gonna be. I think that explains what kind of heart she had.”
Kaylee Hamilton graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and was a certified athletic trainer. She was working towards certification to enter nursing school. Her dream was to become a trauma nurse.
“She would do anything for anybody,” said Skinner. “She was always helping people, it didn’t matter how small or what.”
It’s this giving heart that inspired her family to create the Kaylee Hamilton Helping Hands Scholarship – to be awarded to a high school senior going into the medical field.
“I guess she fulfilled her mission. That was the last mission she had and I think that the Lord gave her an opportunity to fulfill it,” said Berry. “We have hope because we know where she is and we’re gonna get to see her again someday.”
If you would like to donate to the scholarship, the Kaylee Hamilton Helping Hands Scholarship fund is set up at the Bank of Commerce, 328 E. 4th Street, Carnegie, OK, 73015.