Fairlawn Mortuary

180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA


Kailan Mary Alyssa Skammels

September 5, 1986August 18, 2019

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, Kailan Mary Alyssa Skammels, loving daughter, mother, sister, niece, granddaughter and friend, lost her battle with addiction.

Kailan continuously tried to find peace in the storm of addiction, but was always lead back to the never-ending battle of the disease. Kailan was a warrior, and anyone that knew her can firmly attest to that fact. But her addiction stalked her and stole her from us one final time.

Kailan was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and attended BCC where she was enrolled in Criminal Justice and Paralegal studies. Kailan had the most beautiful smile and sky blue eyes that could light up your soul. And if you were lucky enough to be in her presence, as she gazed into her daughters face the pure joy radiating from her would blind you. Kailan was fiercely loyal to her friends and family, her uncanny ability to insert her humor and wit into any situation will be forever seared into our hearts and memory. Therefore, leaving a broken hearted family and a world that will never shine as bright.

She was the beloved daughter of Kim and Thomas Skammels, the mother of Kiara (Phoebe) Colon, sister to Seth Skammels and his companion Carly Jean, aunt to Addison Anna Skammels, granddaughter to Myron and Sandra Pacheco and (predeceased) Francis and Anna Skammels, and her uncle Jack Skammels. She also leaves behind two loving, grieving aunt’s Robin Aiello and Jodi Gonzaga and husband Doug. Also leaving a special friend Matthew Burnham, who loved and guided her unconditionally.

Kailan left this earth in her ascent to be reunited with her brother Justin Remy and cousin Timothy Gene Aiello, while surrounded by her loving family.

Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. In lieu of flowers, please pray for the healing of Kailan’s family to move forward from this tragedy. To leave a note or tribute: www.waring-sullivan.com


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Kailan Mary Alyssa Skammels

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Erica Gaudreau

September 4, 2019

O where to even begin. I have known Kailan since 2002. We met in spanish class at FHS and from then on we became close. She was the most beautiful girl inside and out. We would transfer classes just so we could make fun of the teachers together. So much laughing and inside jokes. (skraggle nail) HaHa she would get it. Sad to say over the years after high school we lost touch. But when we would run into each other it was always like i seen her yesterday. I can not even begin to imagine the pain your family is going through. Kailan was an amazing person and could light up any room. She will be truly missed by everyone who has had the pleasure to meet her. These drugs are an epidemic plaguing this nation and they don't discriminate. Your family will be in my prayers. Keep strong. Even though it may seem impossible. "But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me." 2 Timothy 4:17.

Carla Botelho

September 3, 2019

When I first heard on Facebook I was devastated. I remember first meeting you when I was with my ex I thought you were absolutely gorgeous. I just don't understand a beautiful soul . I couldn't find your obituary I looked on the Herald news I looked up all the funerals in Fall River and then I thought I'll just Google her name and then it came up. I prayed to God to help your mother through this I don't know how much more she can go through. God bless your family at this time and God bless your beautiful daughter

Rebecca Ayre

September 1, 2019

We do not know each other, but know our family sends our deepest condolences. Addiction does not discriminate. We must fight the stigma! Your daughter sounds absolutely lovely as was our daughter whom we lost on 7-23-2019. Our hearts break for yours. May God give you some comfort knowing your sweet precious child is no longing suffering from her demon here on earth. God bless all your dear family in this terribly difficult time😢

Carole Kumor

August 28, 2019

Miss Kailan , you were a shining star 🌟 in everyone’s life; you will remain a shining star to all those who met and knew you .

Robin Aiello

August 25, 2019

My Precious Beauty~ I love you and claimed you as my own from the day you were born, much to your Mum’s chagrin. Your Beauty took my breath away. You grew into an adomible force, as we all watched with amazement. With an intense fierceness you made your presence known. Admired and Blessed with laughter, tenacity and courage you foraged on... how will I ever smile within my heart, soul and conscious knowing you were never alone on your journey of this convuleted life..? I shall never question knowing you have joined your brothers in the Glorious Kingdom of God’s Peaseful Resting Place. I long to join you. Timothy, Jesus and Justin escorted you Home, God was waiting to embrace you, hold you and gently whisper Welcome Home my Special Unique Authentic Angel. All who had the honor of encountering you will cherish every memory you shared with them. Kailan Mary Alyssa Skammels, Auntie Diva will keep you close and I promise to protect Phoebe with Auntie Meow Moew and YaYa till our last breath... #fierce#oneofakind#wutang4eva
Lovingly, Your Auntie Diva Eternally 🙏🏼💔😥

Matthew Burnham

August 24, 2019

Kailan, Where do I even start? Every moment I had with you was a memory worth making, I will always miss our long rides listening to music in the car, me putting you on to new songs and you doing the same with me, our long talks at night, looking up at the stars and talking about what the next chapter of life was, and what was after our time on earth. I loved watching you grow, I was blessed enough to have the time that I had with you, and see all the obstacles you had overcame. We were the same person all in all, I miss being with you and you stop and look at me and say”Do you feel that” and I would just smile because I was about to say the same thing to you, when you know something in life you just know. I know that I whole heartedly loved you and still do. Not only did I fall in love with you, I fell in love with your family, and your beautiful daughter that is a spitting image of you. I always promised you I would always be there for you and your family, and I will continue to do so, always. Every now and then, if your lucky enough, you come across a certain person in your life time that blows you away, and fills your heart with nothing but happiness and love, and you, kailan, was that person to me. I’ll never forget your laugh and how witty you were and how we would go back and forth with our jokes on your mothers couch and drive her crazy, no one could keep up with me the way you did, and vise versa, I love you yesterday, today, and always, your name will live on, I promise you, until we meet again my Angel 👼, Rock the heavens with your loved ones and save me a place wherever you are, I love you kailan 🙏🏻💔❤️🌈🌈🌔🌎🙏🏻 I miss you sooo much.....

Kelli Ann Spinney

August 24, 2019

My sweet, Kailan,
It has taken me days to think of what I have wanted to say. I met you when you first moved to Fairhaven, you were such a ray of sunshine, a firecracker & you always brought such a smile to my face & you immediately became the best of friends with my brother Matthew. The 2 of you remained friends throughout the years & we never lost touch either. You were at my baby showers, you were always so happy to become an Auntie to my babies again & you adored your Stella. Thank you for being there when I always needed you, especially when Matthew passed away, I know that was hard for you. I'll always miss our Bus Stop Diaries when picking up the kids, our special convos & things that we have been laughing about for over 20 years. I Love You, I'll Miss that beautiful smile forever, Give My brother a big hug & kiss for me! We Love You Always, Kelli, Stella & Cayden xoxoxox

To the Skammels & Kailan's Family, Especially Kim & Little Miss Kiara, Our thoughts & prayers are with you always & we love you!! If you need us, we're here for anything xoxo

Jodi Gills

August 24, 2019

Kailan was a great friend and a great person. She was loved by many and she will be deeply missed. My son loved her when he was a little boy and he asked her if he could take her on a date and ride her on his foot pegs of his bike to McDonalds one day. We always had such amazing times together. R.I.P. Kailan I will miss you lots, love Jodi (Mello) Gills

Cousin Rhonda Snell

August 24, 2019

Kailan Bold Bright Beautiful Smart Funny
Loving & happy are just some of the words that come to my mind when I think of you. This is what I will always remember & love about you, fly free with the angels now💕you will b truly missed by all of us here. Love aunty Cousin Rhonda & uncle Daryl & Tyler

Maureen Sylvia

August 24, 2019

Kim, Jodi, and family... my heart breaks for all of you . No amount words can even begin to ease the pain you must be feeling right now. I can only wish you comfort and peace knowing Kailan isn’t suffering anymore. A beautiful young lady gone way too soon because of this horrible disease. Fly with the Angels, Kailan.. you are finally free... ❤️