Green Burial

Ayla Marie Dawn Vesecky


Funeral services for Ayla Marie Dawn Vesecky, 22, Baldwin City will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014 at First Christian Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Stony Point Cemetery in Rural Baldwin City. She passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at home. She lived longer than expected with non-ketotic hyperglycemia.

Ayla was born November 5, 1991 in Johnson, KS the daughter of William and Joanna (Carter) Vesecky.

She graduated from Baldwin High School in 2010.

She was a member of the First Christian Church.

Ayla’s mother writes… “Ayla was born November 5, 1991 during a blizzard. She was perfect when she was born then she went to sleep. She stayed in a coma until my birthday which is November 21st. That day she opened her eyes and took her first breathe by herself. That was the best birthday ever.

Ayla has been fighting a battle that her doctors said she could not fight. The doctors said she would never leave the hospital and the guaranteed me she would never live past 5. Ayla never liked being told what she couldn’t do. I believe she made it her life’s goal to prove all the doctors wrong.

Ayla had a great smile and a funny laugh. She loved being around her brother and sisters. She would light up when they came in the room.

Ayla taught us to love unconditionally, to have patience, and to NEVER give up. She taught us that God is the one in control and he has a plan for us all.

Ayla’s smile would brighten your day and lighten your heavy heart.

Ayla touched many lives and showed us all the world through her eyes.

We believe Ayla was an Angel sent here to teach us all about love and life.

Her job here on earth is done and she is watching over all of us.

Until we meet again. We love you and thank you for picking our family.”

Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Holly and Lacey, of the home; one brother, Dalton, of the home; grandparents, John and Sharon Vesecky, Baldwin City, Henry Carter, Temple, TX; Elmer and Shirley Schmidt, Ulyses, KS; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy Swanee Carter; and step grandmother, Barbara Carter.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, January 30th at the church.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Ayla Vesecky Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


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  • Mendy zachary says:

    Dear jo and family, my heart goes out to you at this time of loss. Ayla is a beautiful caring girl my thoughts/prayers go out to you and your family
    Sincerely with love-
    Mendy zachary

  • Karen Kohn says:

    Sharon and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Ayla’s passing. She was a beautiful girl who has been called home, to the embrace of our father. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    Karen Kohn

  • Melva & Larry Black says:

    Sharon & Family
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Dan and Gladys Balocca says:

    Sharon and family, So sorry to hear of Ayla’s passing.

  • Judy Moore-Butler says:

    Dear Jo and family,
    Shannon and I are thinking of you all. Ayla was a gift from God. She is resting in peace in Heaven. Praying for you all. Sending our love.

  • Cheryl Pedigo says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Ayla! I know how much you loved her and cared for her. My prayers will be with you as you continue through the next few days and for the days to follow! Just remember she loved you just as much as you loved her. She is in the arms of Jesus and will be comforted until you are with her again.

  • MaggieHamilton says:

    We all were truly blessed to have Ayla in our lives. She taught us so much even though we were supposed to be the teachers. I will always treasure the time spent with her and I am so grateful to have been part of her school family.
    Now she dances with angels.


  • George and Cheryl Hunsinger says:

    Jo, and family. Were so sorry for your loss. As you said, you new this day was coming, but you are never prepared for loss of a child. She fought a hard fight, but now she is in a better place. She will long down on you, and keep you safe, as you did her for 22 years. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. If we can do anything for you, all you have to do is ask. God bless.

  • MeaganDonovan says:

    Ayla will missed! I was blessed to be apart of her school life. Love her so very much!

  • Kristine Unruh-Jones says:

    Joanna and family,

    I have so many wonderful memories of Ayla! What a strong and courageous girl she was. Our prayers continue for all of you, that you may be comforted with your memories.

    Kristine unruh-Jones and Olivia Jones

  • Theresa Abel says:

    Joanna, what a beautiful tribute to Ayla. I did not know her personally, but she sounds like the perfect angel.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families during this most difficult time.
    Theresa Abel

  • Cherry Williams says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Ayla was such a special girl & I feel blessed to have been a part of her years at U.S.D. #348. Rest in peace, Ladybug.

  • Rebecca Weeks says:

    Dear Veseckys,
    We are so saddened at the passing of Ayla. Jo, your tribute to her was excellent. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please let us know.
    Rebecca & Lance

  • Inez Crawford says:

    Dear Bill, Jo and family,
    I was saddened to hear about Ayla. Please know how very sorry I am. Remember God is always in your corner at a time like this and so am I. Your tribute was wonderful and know that when your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help.
    You all are in my prayers,

  • Dawn Calderwood says:

    I feel truly blessed and honored to have had Ayla in my life. She always was able to bring a smile to my face. Ayla will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a privilege to have been a part of her school family.

  • Mary and Doug Berg says:

    Dear Vesecky Family,

    We can’t begin to know the pain you are feeling at this time. Nothing I can say will bring you comfort, but know that she is in a wonderful place now and will forever look over all of you. I hope it helps to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dorothy M Martin says:

    The Vesecky Family – So sorry for your loss. Bless you in your love and patients over the years in caring for such a special young lady. Our love goes out to you at this special time.

    Gerald and Dorothy Martin

  • Debbie Smethers says:

    Dear Joanna and family, how blessed any person was that had the honor to meet Ayla….she had such a strong presence and a bright soul. She will forevermore live in your hearts and ours.

  • Adeilde says:

    from the HEART a man speaks/acts, and that the croaetr judges us from that same heart JOIN ME EVERYONE, AND LET’S WORK ON ALL OUR HEARTS FOR THE WORLD!! LOVE TO ALL!!