McCreary County Family Mourns 11-Year-Old's Death

Early Saturday morning Jessica Moore and her grandmother, Rhoda Partin, were headed north to Somerset. The 11-year-old sixth grader was on the hunt for a popular item.

“Had given the little girl 20 dollars, so the grandmother was taking her to Wal-Mart to get a Hannah Montana pillow,” said Kathleen Marnhout Foley, a friend of Jessica’s family.

But police say just across the Pulaski County line, a few miles from home, another car crossed the center line and hit the Toyota Camry that Partin was driving, head-on. Partin and the other driver survived, but Jessica died.

Instead of preparing for probably what was one of Jessica's favorite days of the year, her family went to the McCreary County Funeral Home on Christmas Eve to prepare for her funeral, and that's where Gregory Goodin, also a friend of the family, tried to help a grieving family through a very trying time, a time of year that is usually joyous.

“Only thing I can do to tell the family to look to God and prayer, people praying for them,” said Goodin.

Ironically, Jessica's family is known throughout McCreary County for singing at funerals, and Jessica was just beginning to blossom as a singer herself.

“I'm told also that this little girl could sing like a bird. She was coming on with the others,” said Foley.


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  • by Brittany Location: Barnett on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    I loved kelsy so much as a friend. she was a nice friend. on that very day my cosin called me and said that kelsy was in a car crash yes i was crying and it was very terriable and can rember when she was there and i will still love her forever.
  • by Tiffany ball Location: McCreary County,KY on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    Kelsey was my best friend i loved her to death...we even sung in a talent show together.we known each other for 4 years.but it was her idea to be in the talent show.because she had no-1 to sing with.but tammie/tammy i am so sorry for your loss.Kelsey was very close to everyones heart. R.I.P Kelsey. We love you!!
  • by Windy Location: Mt. Sterling on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    I am Kelsey's aunt. Her mother and I are sisters. I just want to thank each of you for such beautiful words of comfort. We know that Kelsey is in Heaven and that God is with us. We praise God that we had Kelsey for 11 years. She was such a good kid. She loved God with all her heart. She really did. I ask each of you to pray for the lady who hit my mother and niece. I ask you to lift her and her family up to God. My family, in no way, has any anger towards her. We just pray that, first, she is saved and serves God. And that her heart can heal. I can not imagine what she will go through. So please, as you pray for my family, pray for this woman also. thank you again and God bless each of you.
  • by stella Location: monticello on Jan 1, 2008 at 08:56 PM
    Tammy, I am so sorry for your lose, my heart goes out to you and your family and friends. I will keep you in my Prayers. I hope the grandmother makes a full recovery, she will be in my Prayers also. Just look to God for comfort, and as the other family has said, I also know that she is singing in Heaven. God bless you and your family.
  • by Jennifer Location: Richmond on Dec 27, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    My heart goes out to the family and friends of this little girl. I will pray for you in your time of grievance. God bless and take care.
  • by CHARLOTTE Location: parkers Lake, ky on Dec 27, 2007 at 06:06 PM
    Tammy,I am so sorry for your great loss, I am praying for you and your mom, I know that my words alone cannot comfort you, so I have asked GOD to send you a comforter, I know Kelsey is in heaven, may GODS blessings be with you always. I love you and all of your family.
  • by a word of thanks/Family *CLOSE* Location: McCreary on Dec 27, 2007 at 05:31 PM
    I would like to say that all the postings from people from all over the Bluegrass state is so appreciated. And I will print this out for her parents. Something to let them know that more than jsut McCreary County are praying. Today Jessica kelsey was laid to rest and she was so beautiful. Such a wonderful but yet sad ceramony. Such wonderful words were said by each person doing the funeral, especially the uncle that read the letter that her mom wrote to Kelsey. I wish I could post that but I cant. Her uncle Russell did such a wonderful job as well, when they laid her at her final place, each person let a balloon go to heaven in memory of "Kelsey" Such a Blessing. I was told that her grandmother will be released tomorrow from the hospital, however, she has a long way to go to recovery. GOD BLESS OUR FAMILY
  • by Barry Location: New York on Dec 27, 2007 at 01:34 PM
    May you find comfort in the arms of our Lord and Savior during your time of grief. May you find peace in knowing there are others praying for you and your family. You are in our here in New York
  • by Clara Location: KY on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    Our family have been praying for this family since we heard about the wreck. We are so sorry and We know that there is nothing people can do for the family but PRAY. God is with you and she is singing in the HEAVENLY choir.
  • by Will Location: Richmond on Dec 27, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    God has a plan for all, some are a lot harder than others. I can't say that i have ever experienced something of that magnitude but a loss hurts the same. May God bless You all.
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