Kenetha Jean Martin

September 17, 1984July 9, 2014

On July 9th 2014, the world as we know it dimmed a little. For that is the day we lost a shining light known to all of us as Kenetha Jean Martin. Her light was not bright because of what she accomplished during her short life, it was bright because of who she was and what she meant to those around her. When she was born on September 17th 1984, she rocked the world of Lori. Lori went from the person tearing apart lawnmower engines to a momma bear making sure her little girl was nurtured, loved and raised with a moral and ethical compass. Kenetha did that for a lot of people. She changed their world, their outlook, their perspective. I know she did mine and I bet she did yours too. When she became a big sister to Alex and Jennifer, she was just as caring. I am sure she tortured them in some ways, as it is the right of passage of any big sister, but she loved her siblings deeply. The time that she spent with Alex’s children, Taylor, Thomas and Timothy allowed her to be the best aunt possible. Kenetha was so much stronger than any of us could imagine. It was her inner strength and the love of her family that carried her through when her beautiful daughter Melissa passed after a too brief stay here on earth. She is back in Kenetha’s arms now where she belongs. That’s how I see them both. So many knew Kenetha as a friend. When she was your friend, she was forever. Even if years passed, reconnecting with Kenetha was like picking up where the last conversation ended. She was empathic to other people’s troubles and was the first to comfort those that needed it. She could laugh and smile so brightly that you could not help but do so as well. It very well could have been her superpower. I know it worked on me many times. Kenetha was a vibrant soul who came into this world a fighting spirit and that is how she left it. That same spirit was with her whole life whether she was standing for her own convictions or defending someone she loved. I don’t believe I ever saw her back down from anything. And heaven help you if you were the one she was standing against. And she did stand, for many years she stood against that terrible disease. With the love of her mom, sister, brother, Annette, her family and friends, she fought for as long as she could. She never gave up because she didn’t want us to be lost without her. But we will be, because to so many she was a source of light to see the world more clearly. Kenetha, we will remember you always. We promised not to cry. Just know that when we think of you all the love in our hearts overflow and spill out our eyes. Kenetha Jean Martin was preceded in death by her beautiful daughter Melissa Reynolds. She is survived by her mother Lori Hayes, family friend Annette, sister Jennifer, brother Alex, his wife Amber and their three children, Thomas, Taylor and Timothy, her cousins Elliott and Jennifer Kelly. Kenetha is also survived her Aunt Kelly and husband Russ Goeckner, her cousins Emily Goeckner, Kellen and Robert Anderson, their son Max, Amber and David Tumbarello, their son Sebastian, daughter Makayla, her Aunt Dannielle and husband Juan Gonzalez, their son Chandler and Kenetha’s father Kenneth Laswell.

Wings of Wind On wings of wind we travel through time and space, Collecting memories that cannot be erased. When we look back and thoughts come to mind, It is special moments with loved ones that we find. And although we think that their time has ceased, It is really their soul that has been released. Poem by Alison Hargadine


  • Chapel Service Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Barbara Hall

July 18, 2014

My love & prayers are with you. Will cherish our memories always. Your pain & suffering are finally over but we will miss your shining light!

Lovelingly, until we meet again.

Aunt B.

Chrissy Hall-Mekdeci

July 18, 2014

After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we've shared with our dear Kenetha, this is what keeps her alive in our hearts and in our minds, and how she will continue to live on, through us.

Love you guys..

Lisa Crawford

July 15, 2014

God need a new angel up there in heaven with him god bless you... I did not know you but I know god takes his angels when he needs them.
Lisa Crawford (moreno valley,ca)

Rosaida Williams

July 15, 2014

You will truly be miss. You are an angel watching over your family now.

Pellie Brown

July 14, 2014

Kenetha, you always made my days a little brighter. You were a friend and a sister to me. I will always remember the good times we shared. My only regret is losing contact with you for so long. I love you. you will be cherished and remember by all the ones who love you.

Tracy Drake

July 13, 2014

You were my best friend from the time we met in Elementry school to now.. You were there for me and we always had a blast when we hung out.. From the sleep overs to the party's to when we got stuck in the Santa Ana river bed with my mom in her Baja...and even when we were younger and tortured Alex and tied him to a chair... Or locked him in your closet... Or our "photo shoots" we had in my parents front yard with Stacy.. You were such a good friend to talk to when I needed someone.. You always listened to me and gave me advice in any aspect of life I needed and you never criticized me on anything... I miss you dearly and you will NEVER be forgotten.. I love you friend! Rest in piece beautiful.... Until we meet again... ??????