Kylee Bruce Memorial Expenses

$24,610 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 949 people in 26 months
On Tuesday night, December 20th, 24-year-old Kylee Bruce passed away suddenly due to a car accident. Her bright smile and unique laugh were infectious to everyone around her. She leaves behind her mother (Gaylene), father (Thom), boyfriend (Brandon), seven loving siblings, and her nieces and nephew who adorded her.

Money raised is on the behalf of Gaylene Moyers, Kylee's mother, to go towards funeral and memorial expenses. The Bruce family and all extended family are so grateful for your donations and prayers during this difficult time.

The family expresses their gratitude! They are so grateful for the donations from everyone and are overjoyed by the abundance of support they have received. They would like to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts! They also want everyone to know that with more than enough money to cover funeral costs, the rest of the proceeds have been discussed. They have a few options but would like to inform everyone that we wish to put the remaining donations towards some sort of educational program. Scholarships have been talked about.

A beautiful tribute from Brandon, Kylee's boyfriend, was posted on his Facebook page:
"You made me promise not to announce our baby to the world until 20 weeks when we found out the sex. We were going to make a funny announcement video and share it with everyone. You were 18 weeks pregnant with my first child, and I lost you both last night. Even though I hadn't met my baby, the amount of love and excitement I had in my heart was unlike anything I'd ever felt. Listening to its heartbeat for the first time on the ultrasound, staring at the the ultrasound pictures on my fridge in awe of the little life growing inside of you. I couldn't wait to be a father and I felt so blessed everyday that it would grow up with you as its mother. I couldn't help it and told multiple family members and close friends and you'd always say, "Brandon! you can never keep a secret!" and I'd just smile and say, I'm sorry, I'm just too excited. You would have been the best mom Ky. You made me so happy, you were my future.. everything I did, as hard as I've worked, every decision I made had you and your happiness in mind. I'm sorry I'm breaking my promise right now and telling everyone a couple weeks early, but I was so proud of you, and I want everyone to know how committed you were to this child, how health conscious you were, how you would go online each week and tell me things like, "Our baby is the size of grapefruit right now, or "Did you know our baby has already started to develop eyelids?!" .. I could feel the warmth and purpose our child gave you, and I knew I needed to be the best man I could possibly be for both of you, to keep you comfortable and safe. I couldn't keep you safe last night. I should have went with you to Bend like you asked.. I shouldn't have been too tired, and maybe things would have worked out differently. What a twisted, cruel world we live in that decides to take a clean, beautiful, innocent soul like yours away, instead of mine. I'd switch places with you in a second. I promise to keep being the man you fell for, I promise to do something great with this life I have left, I promise to make you proud of me, I promise to never take anything for granted again, and I promise to say I love you to those I care about early and often. I wish I would have said it to you last night before you left, but in my heart, I know that you knew.

"This Christmas was going to be the best ever. I'm currently staring at my first Christmas Tree I've had in my home in years, a tree that you and I found and cut down together. The base of the tree is filled with presents to me, from you. Beautifully wrapped and neatly stacked. There's none under there to you because I haven't wrapped them yet..procrastinating like always..but I want you to know that I got you a bunch of things you would have loved Ky. I know you yell at me for trying to get you to open your gifts early because I'm so bad at keeping secrets, but I want you to know a lil early this year.. A vanity, so you finally would have a place to do your makeup instead of sharing the tiny little bathroom mirror with me in the morning, multiple books because you love to read, a soup thermos so you could pack hot lunches to your brand new pre-school teaching job in Bend that you were so excited about, that beanie from Eddie Bauer that matched your scarf perfectly, your own set of camo clothing so you could hunt with me next year and not have to borrow my xlarge coat, fuzzy socks and sweaters to keep you warm.... I can still wrap them if you want ky. You'd only lived with me for a short time, but my house was so full with your energy and warmth, it smells like your scentsies, my closet is filled with your clothes, your coat is hanging by the front door, and your snowboots are on the mat right where you left them before you left last night, but it feels so empty in here right now. I miss you so much Ky. I've always been able to fix things and solve problems for people, but I don't know what to do from here. I feel helpless. I'm still waiting for you to walk in the door. I love you so very much Kylee, I know you'll be the best Mom in heaven to our little one when he/she is born in June. I wish I could see its little face just one time. I know it would have been beautiful just like its mother. Merry Christmas sugar, I promise not to open my gifts until Christmas morning.

"Rest in Peace Kylee Bruce
Rest in Peace Braylee or Talon, daddy loves you so so very much."
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"The family expresses their gratitude! They are so grateful for the donations from everyone and are overjoyed by the abundance of support they have received. They would like to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts! They also want everyone to know that with more than enough money to cover funeral costs, the rest of the proceeds have been discussed. They have a few options but would like to inform everyone that we wish to put the remaining donations towards some sort of educational program. Scholarships have been talked about."
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Kylee's family is overwhelmed with the attention that this campaign has gotten. The generosity of so many friends, family members, and strangers has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Because the intended goal of $12,000 for funeral expenses has been surpassed, Gaylene & the Bruce family will be donating the excess funds to local, rural preschool programs. Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support!
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The response of this campaign has been so amazing! Thank you to every person who was touched by this story & donated even a few dollars. In this difficult time, there is also so much love & support! I keep reading through the many comments here as well as on Brandon's post & feeling so amazed and grateful for the people around the world who have felt touched by Kylee's story. I know she is feeling the immense love from where she is. Thank you all! Merry Christmas & God bless.
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Janie Coltrane Cook
26 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss!! This is such a touching story to me as I too wanted to wait out the 20 weeks without telling anyone. Please don't hold any blame on yourself because she would never want you to do so!. I don't have any money to give but I will donate all of my prayers. Sharing such a loving relationship, I'm sure they are watching down over you at every moment. Love never dies. May God wrap his arms around all of you speaking comfort and healing during this time. ❤ -Jane & Jayleigh

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Lynette Warneke Gray
26 months ago

Just let it be known, our group has been active in the Safe Travel of Highway 97. I am livid about the speed increase! We will never know if anything could have lessened this accident, but the speed needs to be reduced back to 55 and I started a petition tonight! Bless you all. ♥

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Gaylene Moyers
26 months ago

This is Kylee's mom. I want to express my deepest appreciation for everyone...whether you donated a little or a lot, or sent prayers and love. Please believe me when I say that we can feel the power of the thoughts and prayers and tears shed in our behalf. People are absolutely amazing! Thank you for taking time to read Brandon's story and to look at Kylee's facebook. One more thing that I would ask of you: love as hard as you can, live happy, and laugh out loud as often as you can! My family and I extend our heartfelt gratitude and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!❤️️

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Ashley Propheter
26 months ago

I know some of the pain you are going through... I wish i had the money to help but i am still dealing with things with the loss of my son .... My heart breaks and goes out to the family and other loved ones

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Kyrstin Farmer
26 months ago

I don't know any of you. But being an expecting mother myself, with a child father who's on the road i couldn't imagine what it would feel like to loose someone so special. You are all in my prayers. I didn't donate a whole bunch, but my hearts with you.

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Jay Morrone
26 months ago

I am so Sorry. I can't believe god took not only such a beautiful girl from us but her child as well. I wish I genuinly wish I could trade places with her. I'm so so sorry for your loss. I don't have any money to donate but if I had $1 it'd be donated and if I had $500 I would donate every cent of it. Im sorry that she was taken away from her family and Brandon. I wish I could do more

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Deb Shuping
26 months ago

My heart breaks for you and your family. Our granddaughters Dad and Step-brother were the ones killed in the wreck Monday night between Redmond and Madras. Step mom and little sister are in the hospital with multiple broken bones. Things happen so fast. I keep thinking how important it is to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us all the time. We never know what tomorrow will bring. And Hwy 97 is such a dangerous road. I'm making a donation. Small, but I know you understand. Our Go Fund Me sight has been going crazy too. And like you, there are so many from people we don't even know. What a caring community we live in. Stay strong. Hold each other close. Take one day at a time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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Mike Gould
26 months ago

Brandon is my best friend and has been for a number of years.. I just wanted to get on here and thank everyone who has committed or donated any money at all the love and support is really helping at this time in his life... thank you all from the bottom of my heart

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Janie Coltrane Cook
26 months ago
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John Fitzgerald
26 months ago
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Hey man you don't know me and my fiancé shared your story about your family. I must say im profoundly sorry for your loss. I know what its like to lose someone around the holiday. In 2004 I was in Baghdad on the initial invasion of Iraq. I joined in 2002 but my girlfriend and I who was together 13 years and she was killed by a drunk driver. I didn't know about her death till 3 weeks later after I got a letter from her dad. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and her family I know its not much help but have a good holiday in luew of the events that have unfolded in your life. Many wishes and prayers go out to you and her family take care and have a happy holiday man.

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Lisa Healey
26 months ago
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I don't know what to say I am here because my heart is in pain for you and the loss of your beautiful family. We dont know each other but I give you my upmost feelings of empathy there is nothing to compare this too and there is not a guide or relevant source to move on from a tragedy this deep . I read the letter you wrote to Kylee the most important part of this is that she knew you loved her she knew it you could see it all over her face . I wish I could push back time and erase this but I cannot . You heart will always have Kylee and your baby in it forever nothing can take that away God bless you all the days of your life and forever.

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Donna Dovey
26 months ago
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I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful young lady. I do not know any of you, but my heart goes out to you. I will be praying for comfort in the coming days, months, and years. Life will take on a new norm for all of you. As hard as it will be, just know she is watching over you and comforting you when you least expect it. God bless you. RIP Kylee.

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Miranda Garza
26 months ago
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Bless Your Heart I'm in Tears after Reading the message to Ky. I'm so sorry for the losses you have had to endure. Many Hugs & Prayers !

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Nadine Ness
26 months ago
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I am so sorry for your loss Brandon. Your Kylee sounds like an absolutely beautiful person and it is truly a tragedy that she was taken so young, I am sorry I have no money to donate but my prayers are sent to you in this sad time. The tribute you posted to her was so beautiful I am still crying!

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Samantha Fahnlander
26 months ago
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3

This is so heartbreaking even though I have never met anyone involved. I couldn't imagine the sadness and pain you and yours are experiencing. I am sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family during this hard time.

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Ele Glandon
26 months ago
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Praying for you and your family.

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Charles Edward
26 months ago
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I dont know your family but, I will be sending in a donation. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Crystal Lee Meddaugh
26 months ago
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I have no money to give you but I want to say I'm soooo sorry for the loss you have to endure!!!! May God shine down on your family during this horrific time and shield you with his love and grace. May God bless Mom and unborn baby in his heavenly home until one day you are all together again. I don't know you personally but I have tears in my eyes for you. I'll keep you in my heart n prayers ❤

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Christina Antoinette
26 months ago
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Brandon- I am so very sorry for your loss sweetie thoughts and prayers are with you and Kylees family and friends.

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Shelley Jo Schoen
24 months ago
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What a tragic love story. I am so sorry for your loss. I have stage 4 breast cancer, not sure just how much time I have left. I worry about my husband of 26 blessed years. I know how much you must be hurting....Prayers that God will hold you close and help you during those difficult days . Thank you for reminding me to count my blessings.

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Janie Coltrane Cook
26 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss!! This is such a touching story to me as I too wanted to wait out the 20 weeks without telling anyone. Please don't hold any blame on yourself because she would never want you to do so!. I don't have any money to give but I will donate all of my prayers. Sharing such a loving relationship, I'm sure they are watching down over you at every moment. Love never dies. May God wrap his arms around all of you speaking comfort and healing during this time. ❤ -Jane & Jayleigh

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Lynette Warneke Gray
26 months ago

Just let it be known, our group has been active in the Safe Travel of Highway 97. I am livid about the speed increase! We will never know if anything could have lessened this accident, but the speed needs to be reduced back to 55 and I started a petition tonight! Bless you all. ♥

+ Read More
Gaylene Moyers
26 months ago

This is Kylee's mom. I want to express my deepest appreciation for everyone...whether you donated a little or a lot, or sent prayers and love. Please believe me when I say that we can feel the power of the thoughts and prayers and tears shed in our behalf. People are absolutely amazing! Thank you for taking time to read Brandon's story and to look at Kylee's facebook. One more thing that I would ask of you: love as hard as you can, live happy, and laugh out loud as often as you can! My family and I extend our heartfelt gratitude and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!❤️️

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Ashley Propheter
26 months ago

I know some of the pain you are going through... I wish i had the money to help but i am still dealing with things with the loss of my son .... My heart breaks and goes out to the family and other loved ones

+ Read More
Kyrstin Farmer
26 months ago

I don't know any of you. But being an expecting mother myself, with a child father who's on the road i couldn't imagine what it would feel like to loose someone so special. You are all in my prayers. I didn't donate a whole bunch, but my hearts with you.

+ Read More
Jay Morrone
26 months ago

I am so Sorry. I can't believe god took not only such a beautiful girl from us but her child as well. I wish I genuinly wish I could trade places with her. I'm so so sorry for your loss. I don't have any money to donate but if I had $1 it'd be donated and if I had $500 I would donate every cent of it. Im sorry that she was taken away from her family and Brandon. I wish I could do more

+ Read More
Deb Shuping
26 months ago

My heart breaks for you and your family. Our granddaughters Dad and Step-brother were the ones killed in the wreck Monday night between Redmond and Madras. Step mom and little sister are in the hospital with multiple broken bones. Things happen so fast. I keep thinking how important it is to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us all the time. We never know what tomorrow will bring. And Hwy 97 is such a dangerous road. I'm making a donation. Small, but I know you understand. Our Go Fund Me sight has been going crazy too. And like you, there are so many from people we don't even know. What a caring community we live in. Stay strong. Hold each other close. Take one day at a time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

+ Read More
Mike Gould
26 months ago

Brandon is my best friend and has been for a number of years.. I just wanted to get on here and thank everyone who has committed or donated any money at all the love and support is really helping at this time in his life... thank you all from the bottom of my heart

+ Read More
Janie Coltrane Cook
26 months ago
7
7

*spreading

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John Fitzgerald
26 months ago
5
5

Hey man you don't know me and my fiancé shared your story about your family. I must say im profoundly sorry for your loss. I know what its like to lose someone around the holiday. In 2004 I was in Baghdad on the initial invasion of Iraq. I joined in 2002 but my girlfriend and I who was together 13 years and she was killed by a drunk driver. I didn't know about her death till 3 weeks later after I got a letter from her dad. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and her family I know its not much help but have a good holiday in luew of the events that have unfolded in your life. Many wishes and prayers go out to you and her family take care and have a happy holiday man.

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Lisa Healey
26 months ago
5
5

I don't know what to say I am here because my heart is in pain for you and the loss of your beautiful family. We dont know each other but I give you my upmost feelings of empathy there is nothing to compare this too and there is not a guide or relevant source to move on from a tragedy this deep . I read the letter you wrote to Kylee the most important part of this is that she knew you loved her she knew it you could see it all over her face . I wish I could push back time and erase this but I cannot . You heart will always have Kylee and your baby in it forever nothing can take that away God bless you all the days of your life and forever.

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Donna Dovey
26 months ago
5
5

I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful young lady. I do not know any of you, but my heart goes out to you. I will be praying for comfort in the coming days, months, and years. Life will take on a new norm for all of you. As hard as it will be, just know she is watching over you and comforting you when you least expect it. God bless you. RIP Kylee.

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Miranda Garza
26 months ago
4
4

Bless Your Heart I'm in Tears after Reading the message to Ky. I'm so sorry for the losses you have had to endure. Many Hugs & Prayers !

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Nadine Ness
26 months ago
3
3

I am so sorry for your loss Brandon. Your Kylee sounds like an absolutely beautiful person and it is truly a tragedy that she was taken so young, I am sorry I have no money to donate but my prayers are sent to you in this sad time. The tribute you posted to her was so beautiful I am still crying!

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Samantha Fahnlander
26 months ago
3
3

This is so heartbreaking even though I have never met anyone involved. I couldn't imagine the sadness and pain you and yours are experiencing. I am sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family during this hard time.

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Ele Glandon
26 months ago
3
3

Praying for you and your family.

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Charles Edward
26 months ago
3
3

I dont know your family but, I will be sending in a donation. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Crystal Lee Meddaugh
26 months ago
3
3

I have no money to give you but I want to say I'm soooo sorry for the loss you have to endure!!!! May God shine down on your family during this horrific time and shield you with his love and grace. May God bless Mom and unborn baby in his heavenly home until one day you are all together again. I don't know you personally but I have tears in my eyes for you. I'll keep you in my heart n prayers ❤

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Christina Antoinette
26 months ago
3
3

Brandon- I am so very sorry for your loss sweetie thoughts and prayers are with you and Kylees family and friends.

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Shelley Jo Schoen
24 months ago
2
2

What a tragic love story. I am so sorry for your loss. I have stage 4 breast cancer, not sure just how much time I have left. I worry about my husband of 26 blessed years. I know how much you must be hurting....Prayers that God will hold you close and help you during those difficult days . Thank you for reminding me to count my blessings.

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