Lylah Grace Bardwell

September 28, 2017April 29, 2021

Lylah Grace Bardwell, age 3, ran into the arms of Jesus on April 29, 2021 at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. She was born to Tom and Courtney on September 28, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. She attended Selby Preschool in Sarasota where she enjoyed singing songs during circle time, the playground and especially her teachers and classmates.

Lylah was the perfect combination of spunk and sparkle. She showed us all the purest form of love – this side of heaven. Her hugs were magical and she seemed to sense just when you needed one. She loved people, especially her family. You could usually find her dancing to music, playing at the park, or cheering her siblings on at the ice rink. In Lylah’s eyes, everything was a celebration! She loved desserts, especially frosted donuts with sprinkles. Lylah loved an adventure, traveling near and far. She was adored by her siblings, often charming them into playing hide n’ seek with her for endless amounts of time. She could often be found pulling the wagon around the neighborhood, waving to neighbors and chasing their dogs.

Lylah has always been a hero to her family. Her final heroic act was to donate her organs. Her earthly body fought to make this a reality. Through this incredible act of strength, her sparkle will live on through those that received her organs. We encourage everyone to Live Like Lylah…loving unconditionally, spreading joy, and keeping our eternal salvation as the goal.

She is survived by her parents, Tom and Courtney Bardwell; three siblings, Emma, Brody, and Cade of Bradenton; maternal great-grandparents, Clarence and Rosemary Christe of Peoria, Illinois; paternal grandparents, Mark and Wendy Bardwell of Bradenton; maternal grandparents, Tony and Lorri Linthicum of Metamora, Illinois; aunts and uncles, John and Libby Bardwell, Alan and Carrie Bardwell; all of Bloomington, Illinois; Jeremy and Kali Latham of Washington, Illinois; and Chris and Denise Latham of Sarasota; along with many adoring cousins.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Bayside Community Church - East Bradenton. A Celebration of Life will follow at 11 a.m. at the church, with burial to follow at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make contributions to Manasota B.U.D.S by visiting the website below.


  • Gathering

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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Mike & Heidi Fenoglia

May 14, 2021

Tom, Courtney and Family,

Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Your words were a beautiful tribute to your daughter. We’ll remember to honor her and Live Like Lylah.

Our deepest sympathy,
Mike and Heidi Fenoglia

kathryn mccullough

May 10, 2021

I’m sure your hearts are broken. Gerry lost 2 children and it took a long time for him to smile at memories...but that day will come. There are no words to fix this, but prayers for your strength will be said.


Jim and Maggie Randolph

May 9, 2021


You and your family are all in our hearts and prayers during this unimaginable time. We will make sure to remember to “Live like Lylah “ because our life should indeed be a celebration. What an amazing little girl who obviously made an impact on so many lives.
With our deepest sympathy,
Jim and Maggie

Carole & Jack Cashmer

May 5, 2021

Courtney, Tom, Emma, Brody, Cade and ALL the family.... There are no words to express our sadness at this time. Lylah was one of the sweetest little girls we have known...her smile was infectious. It was apparent she loved all her family and her family loved her. May God be with you as you navigate this difficult time. God’s Blessings to all of Lylah’s beautiful family. Momma & Papa C 🌸💗

Shahid Saigol

May 5, 2021

Dear Tom,

Our hearts are broken for you and your beautiful family. What beautiful words to honor your lovely daughter. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with all of you. We will always remember to Live Like Lylah.

Shahid Saigol