Kelsey Lee Diffin
July 21, 1994 - March 8, 2020

Kelsey was born July 21, 1994 in Fortuna and died March 8 in Eureka at the age of 25. Kelsey was lost to a pedestrian-vehicle accident.

Kelsey grew up in Rio Dell and Fortuna. She attend school in Loleta as well. Kelsey was a spirited, some might say a spitfire of a young girl. You were never in doubt she was in the room. She had a great passion for life! She would great you with a “hello” and a hug like no one else.

Kelsey was great mom. She loved her beautiful children with all that she was. She was known to send more than a dozen pictures of her babies to the family members on a “ big picture day.” She was the proudest mother.

Kelsey loved to hang out with her friends and family. Music was a joy to her. She could be found dancing to just about anything, anywhere, without a care in the word to who was watching.

Kelsey knew the Lord. This gives us much comfort. She entered this world in such a way as to be called a “miracle baby.” Her parents chose to call her their “Angel Girl,” a name they use until this day. Now the “Angel Girl” watches over us all.

Kelsey loved to spend time at the beautiful beaches in our area. She also loved being a part of the marble and rock-hunting groups. Kelsey made many friends while painting treasures and hiding them.

Kelsey’s life was not perfect — the thing that was perfect was her never-give-up attitude. Kelsey worked hard towards the life she wanted with Derrik and their babies, a life that had been formed though effort and love. She will be beyond missed.

One fun trip with Dakota & Garett to Crescent City made for some great memories! Patricia reminded me of how much pride Kelsey had touching the shark “just like the boys did.”

Kelsey was proceeded in death by grandfathers William Diffin, William McMillan and grandmother Gayle McMillan.

Kelsey is survived by her life partner Derrik Wood and their two children Connor (3) and Calypso (6 months); brother Dakota Diffin; parents Bill Diffin and Patricia Diffin; grandmother Clara Diffin; aunts and uncles Cindy & Ken Jones, Alicia & Blaine Jackson, Rob & Christian Wilson, Amanda Johnson. She is survived, also, by many loving cousins local and afar, and her extended and honorary family members. Kelsey will be missed by her friends, so many great friends. Kelsey was also guided in life by a number of wonderful adults in this community.

A life such as Kelsey’s will most certainly be celebrated! It will be announced as soon as a large group may safely gather. Until then smile and think of Kelsey when you see the color purple or paint and hide a rock in her memory. In this family’s customary words of departure Kelsey we “ Love ya more.”


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