On Saturday, April 15, 2023, our beloved Kelly Leigh Gantt, amazing wife and mother of three children, received her wings at age 39. Kelly was born on February 17, 1984 at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland to Stephen and Renee Hult of Grain Valley, Missouri. Kelly received her Undergraduate Degree from Missouri State University in 2006, and her Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University in 2009. She was a math wiz – teaching the subject at Lee’s Summit West High School for 17 years. Kelly loved music – playing clarinet and saxophone – and was heavily involved in band throughout high school and college. This passion led her to become an assistant with the Lee’s Summit West High School marching band, starting in 2009.On July 15, 2006, Kelly was united in marriage to Joshua Michael Gantt in Bates City, Missouri. Together they brought three beautiful children into the world, Hudson James Gantt, and daughters Finley Regan Gantt and Mattingly (Addie) Rose Gantt. Kelly wanted nothing more than to be a mother. These kiddos were her whole world, and she was always putting their needs before her own. She was the role model that they will continue to look up to and her legacy will forever live on in the three of them.
Kelly enjoyed anything baseball and softball related – from her children’s little league games to the Kansas City Royals. She also loved the outdoors and travel, her most recent memorable trips being to Alaska with just her and Josh and a family trip to Disney World with her parents, Josh, and the kids. Kelly knew the importance of making memories and wanted these moments for her children, even in the midst of her illness.
In addition to the trips above, Kelly recently embarked on her first mission trip to Honduras, doing what she loved—teaching. Loved ones donated supplies and materials to help her fulfill God’s calling in educating other teachers. This trip was out of her comfort zone, as it was her first big “YES!” when answering His calling. This “YES!” led to many more “YESs!” and opportunities to grow on her walk with Jesus. Kelly was devoted to being an active member at Eagle Creek Church and being a godly example for her children and encouraging them to live daily for the Lord.
Kelly was a selfless woman whose passing left an unfillable gap in the hearts of her loved ones. Her ability to sacrifice, provide, support, forgive, and love, will be forever ingrained in all that knew her.
In addition to her loving family, Kelly is survived by her brother, Matthew Stephen Hult of Grain Valley, Missouri; in-laws Angela and Mark Rust of Kansas City, Missouri and Kelly’s sister-at-heart, Meagan Rose and her husband Tony Pierce of Fort Myers, Florida. Her maternal grandparents, Ruth and Wayne Morey of Grain Valley, Missouri and paternal grandmother, Eloise Hult of Shawnee, Kansas, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and one nephew and two nieces. Kelly was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, William Hult.
Kelly Gantt’s family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2023, at Eagle Creek Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The funeral service will start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to an education fund to Kelly and Josh’s children. If you would like to make a contribution, please click here to help ensure the children’s education will be taken care of.