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OBITUARY

Kyra Iris Doniff

January 14, 1971May 25, 2020

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Kyra Iris Doniff on May 25, 2020. Kyra was born in New York City on January 14, 1971 to Miriam and Fernando Quijano and was the third of four children. She was the only girl and was adored by her three brothers.

The family lived in New Jersey and later Baltimore, Maryland where Kyra attended school. After graduating from high school, she studied radio broadcasting. Kyra’s greatest passion, however, came from working with people which led to a rich and rewarding career in retail sales and management. Kyra joined the nationally successful company Sleep Number in 2007 and was passionate about Sleep Number’s mission to improve lives through better sleep. Her most recent managerial position was at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Kyra was instrumental in building the DC market, which included promotional work on QVC and CES.

Throughout Kyra’s career, she had a natural inclination for mentoring and had the ability to intuit raw talent in others. Kyra was able to instill confidence in her staff through her unique gifts of enthusiasm and kind encouragement. Because she was neither insecure nor jealous, she was the type of manager who delighted in watching her staff advance into management roles. Kyra was the consummate professional and felt that no task was beneath her. It was no wonder her staff adored her and together they consistently achieved award winning results.

Kyra considered her most treasured moment at Sleep Number to be the day she met a colleague who would become the love of her life. Kyra considered her marriage to her husband Kyle to be her crowning glory and together they modeled a daily love affair of the heart that inspired all who knew them. Kyra was the quintessential living angel whose devotion to the Lord, her family and friends was the hallmark of her brief but magnificent life. Kyra had an aura of light and love that emanated from the inside out, a radiant beauty, full of grace and goodness.

Kyra was predeceased by her parents and younger brother, Joe. She is survived by her adoring husband, Kyle Doniff and his mother, Patti Morgan her devoted “Mama”, her brothers Charlie Carmona (Maritza D. Colon) and Fernando Quijano, nephews Cristiano and Fernando Quijano, Joseph and Jaren Soto, nieces Carla Carmona, Jada Soto, Kaitlyn Fletcher, Olivia and Ava Mensh. There are also scores of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to consider a gift, in Kyra Doniff’s memory, to support the INOVA Schar Cancer Institute Melanoma Research Fund. Gifts may be made online at www.inovacancer.org/donate and select “Melanoma Research” under gift designation or gifts may be made by check payable to INOVA Schar Cancer Institute (indicate Kyra Doniff in the memo) and mailed to INOVA Health Foundation, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 200 East, Falls Church, VA 22042.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her adoring husband, Kyle Doniff and his mother, Patti Morgan her devoted “Mama”, her brothers Charlie Carmona (Maritza D. Colon) and Fernando Quijano, nephews Cristiano and Fernando Quijano, Joseph and Jaren Soto, nieces Carla Carmona, Jada Soto, Kaitlyn Fletcher, Olivia and Ava Mensh. There are also scores of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Rob Gallun

June 2, 2020

Kyra,

We met almost 20 years ago when you were at Bath and Body Works and I was at Express. I loved visiting you in your store to just say hello. There was just something about your warmth and overall spirit that drew people to you. Everyone was always happy when they were around you. We lost touch after a while but in a crazy twist of fate we reconnected at the Sleep Number job fair. Although I had spent the last 15 years as a store manager in multiple stores I knew I wanted to work for you at Sleep Number. You made everyone around you including myself a better person. Your love for life and for Kyle was a thing of beauty. You will be sorely missed. Rest easy my dear friend.

Adrianna Rodriguez

June 2, 2020

Kyra,
Some might say that heaven gained an angel that Monday morning on Memorial Day, but she was already a true angel here on Earth. She provided happiness and love to more people in a year than most can do in a lifetime. My closest friend here, I can't thank her enough for all the times she rescued me at Spankys and danced with me all night - whether it was to Rick Springfield or Marc Anthony. We would tell everyone we were cousins because there's no way this beautiful, youthful soul could be my step-aunt. I'm struggling to find pictures of us, but we were literally just too busy having so much fun. Those memories will last forever in my heart. Kyra was the most patient, loving person, always giving everyone the benefit of the doubt no matter their questionable character. She introduced me to my future, the love of my life. I remember that night she ran from the basement and crouched next to me on the couch (with my mom eavesdropping nearby) and said "Mikey has a crush on you!" And that's how it began, it's crazy how life is meant to fall into place like that. I wish I could be more eloquent in describing Kyra but there's really no words for this kind of loss. I love you, Kyra, and even though I miss you tremendously, I can still feel you looking out for all of us up there as you did down here. Te quiero mucho, primita <3

Terry Tudder

June 2, 2020

Few people make a lasting impression on the first day you meet them. Kyra was one of them. I remember how impressed as I was when I was introduced to her by Patti and Kyle. Kyra exuded warmth, joy and kindness. She became one of my favorite people in the world. We enjoyed talking in Spanish, sharing stories. Last time we saw each other in January we made plans for the Summer...
How did I admire that girl and her love for Kyle! She is gone too soon..but she will live in our hearts forever. We will remember her flair, her zest for life, her generosity, her enthusiasm, her soul. Kyra you are unforgettable and the world is better because of you...
My most heartfelt condolences to Kyle, her family, Patti who adopted her as her own child and all who loved her.

Sharleta Duvall

June 2, 2020

Kyra
I have so many memories of our seven year work relationship. But the most loving ones were when we were together. We always talked about Kyle, and family, it was the bond we shared together. I am so broken that I couldn't be there for you during the last 6 months, as you there for me 10 years ago as I fought my battle. It has left a hole in my heart that I will never be able to fill. Fly high my angel you will be missed but never forgotten. I Love You Kyra❤🕊

Matt Chupp

June 2, 2020

Ah! What a blessed soul we have lost.

It has been one of my life's greatest honors to have known and loved Kyra. She cherished all her family and friends and lived her life intentionally. She was generous and caring, she praised and celebrated the successes of others, and she fought injustice wherever she found it. Kyra knew the value of life and she will forever inspire me to love others unconditionally and to be mindful of the time that I have been given.

My heart breaks for Lola and Paco and Kyle, for she has gone far too soon. But - I know she is at peace, in the presence of her Redeemer, and heaven is now brighter because of her light.

Morgan Mensh

June 2, 2020

Kyle and I met for lunch on a Saturday afternoon in 2009 and I told him all about the guy I was dating and he told me all about the girl he was dating. I think we both knew that day we were discussing our future husband and wife. We entered the next chapter of our lives together and it's filled with memories words cannot describe. I've never known anyone like Kyra. She used to refer to getting together as "Family Time" and it really was because she was so easy to be around. Kyra's love for life and the things that mattered to her were obvious. She was a great listener and friend. She spent a lot of time making holidays beautiful and fun. We would plan holiday menu's together and Kyra always made new recipes that were awesome. Kyra's hospitality was a gift to me, my husband and daughters. She put thought into everything and considered the littlest details which was another way she shared her caring heart. In addition to making Christmas and birthdays's special, Kyra made beautiful Easter baskets filled with fun for the girls, Halloween surprises, bubbles and new pool toys for summer fun. Kyra always had something in her arms to share, from cupcakes to great football Sunday appetizers. The greatest thing she shared with us was her loving heart. Kyra loved and felt deeply and that love will remain with us forever. I have a lot of great pictures of Kyra but this picture from 2016 is my favorite because it best illustrates the love she and her nieces shared. Our lives are richer for knowing and loving Kyra, witnessing the love she and Kyle shared, knowing the love she had for her brothers, nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. We will love her forever.

charlie carmona

June 1, 2020

It is so hard to even think that my sister was taking care of me a few months ago with my own Cancer battle and now she is gone because of Cancer. How life can change in an instant ! I can not be gracious about the lost of someone so young , loving , caring and full of life. I know that she is in peace but I also know she did not want to leave behind the people that she loved so dearly. During this struggle she always said "everyone has their own battles I guess this is just the one I have to endure". At her weakest she was stronger than most, she was stronger than me. I was there the day she was born and it seems so surreal to have been there the day she passed. I will miss her every day of my life.

FLOYD ROBERTS

June 1, 2020

Kyle, saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. Your love story with Kyra was a shining example for all the world to witness. Although I only met Kyra a couple of times, I knew that I was in the presence of an incredibly special person. Her light, warmth, and all-around good nature made her so approachable and authentic. Even though it was only for a little while, you were so blessed and fortunate to share her light. For that, I know that she will always be your eternal bride.

Carla-Joan Carmona

June 1, 2020

My favorite childhood memories were when my beloved Aunt Kyra came to visit. There isn't a moment in my life where I don't remember loving her. I was blessed with knowing, from an early age when most things were new, how much she loved me. Even at the most tender of ages, I knew that I loved her, too. It was impossible not to love her. Her infectious smile and her positive demeanor made everyone's day just a tad bit brighter. She was dazzling. And her bright, cheery soul stood as a testament to the strong woman she was.
I am lucky that the love we shared as niece and aunt shaped me into the woman I am today. She guided me in a gentle, understanding way towards being the most authentic version of myself. I owe my confidence to our late-night phone conversations in my dorm room. To our crazy jokes. To the secrets I told her. To the times I called her in tears, not knowing what to do.
During my formative years, my father shared a quote that left a lasting impression on me. "The light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long." I never thought that this quote would apply to my dearest Kyra, yet, it makes sense now. God needed an angel-- a beautiful one at that. Her parting hurts. There is a grief that cannot be spoken. My Titi Kyra was willing to teach others all she could, but never taught us how to live without her. Yet, I know that she protects and guides every single person she touched. She is with us in this journey of loss. That is how special my Aunt Kyra is. Helping us, even beyond this life.

charlie carmona

June 1, 2020

It was just a few months ago when she was at my side taking care of me during my Cancer treatment which makes this lost all that more tragic. She was a rock always present always there for me. We lost her to soon. I still can not process it. Everyday I am still waiting for her call .

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Kyra Iris Doniff on May 25, 2020.
Kyra was born in New York City on January 14, 1971 to Miriam and Fernando Quijano and was the third of four children. She was the only girl and was adored by her three brothers.

The family lived in New Jersey and later Baltimore, Maryland where Kyra attended school. After graduating from high school, she studied radio broadcasting. Kyra’s greatest passion, however, came from working with people which led to a rich and rewarding career in retail sales and management.
Kyra joined the nationally successful company Sleep Number in 2007 and was passionate about Sleep Number’s mission to improve lives through better sleep. Her most recent managerial position was at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Kyra was instrumental in building the DC market, which included promotional work on QVC and CES.

Throughout Kyra’s career, she had a natural inclination for mentoring and had the ability to intuit raw talent in others. Kyra was able to instill confidence in her staff through her unique gifts of enthusiasm and kind encouragement. Because she was neither insecure nor jealous, she was the type of manager who delighted in watching her staff advance into management roles. Kyra was the consummate professional and felt that no task was beneath her. It was no wonder her staff adored her and together they consistently achieved award winning results.

Kyra considered her most treasured moment at Sleep Number to be the day she met a colleague who would become the love of her life. Kyra considered her marriage to her husband Kyle to be her crowning glory and together they modeled a daily love affair of the heart that inspired all who knew them.
Kyra was the quintessential living angel whose devotion to the Lord, her family and friends was the hallmark of her brief but magnificent life. Kyra had an aura of light and love that emanated from the inside out, a radiant beauty, full of grace and goodness.

Kyra was predeceased by her parents and younger brother, Joe. She is survived by her adoring husband, Kyle Doniff and his mother, Patti Morgan her devoted “Mama”, her brothers Charlie Carmona (Maritza D. Colon) and Fernando Quijano, nephews Cristiano and Fernando Quijano, Joseph and Jaren Soto, nieces Carla Carmona, Jada Soto, Kaitlyn Fletcher, Olivia and Ava Mensh. There are also scores of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to consider a gift, in Kyra Doniff’s memory, to support the INOVA Schar Cancer Institute Melanoma Research Fund. Gifts may be made online at www.inovacancer.org/donate and select “Melanoma Research” under gift designation or gifts may be made by check payable to INOVA Schar Cancer Institute (indicate Kyra Doniff in the memo) and mailed to INOVA Health Foundation, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 200 East, Falls Church, VA 22042.