Kelli Jo Novak Reyna, 41, of Nampa, died peacefully on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at a local hospital.
Kelli was born on May 21, 1979 in Emmett Idaho to Jeff and Christy Novak. She was blessed to have 2 adoring big sisters, Heidi and Kami and later on in her life, her younger brother Daniel. They loved her fiercely!
She was raised and attended school in Nampa, graduating from Skyview High School in 1997.
On June 28, 2010, Kelli married Anthony Reyna and she had her dream wedding with her dream man on a beach in Mexico.
In 2013, Kelli gave birth to her handsome Carson. He made her dream of becoming a mother come true. She absolutely adored her little CarCar who always made her laugh with his quick wit and was her fiercest protector.
In 2014, Kelli gave birth to her beautiful little princess, Brynlee. Brynlee loved to do crafts with Kelli and especially loved cuddling in bed with her mama and Kelli adored every second and every cuddle that they shared. She loved them both with her entire being.
Kelli spent many years in the medical field and loved the many friends that she made while doing so. In 2019, Kelli started a new career as a hairstylist. She loved following the newest trends and sharing those with her clients but most importantly, she loved the extra time that it gave her to spend with her family.
Kelli and Anthony loved spending time together and had many fun adventures. Their family loved to camp and fish with their many friends. They loved to travel, spending time in Mexico, Disneyland, the Oregon Coast, and Hawaii just to name a few. They spent many summer nights playing cornhole, barbequing and sharing laughs with those around them. Kelli was blessed to have many lifelong friends that loved her dearly. Her beaming smile would light up any room, her laugh would make you laugh, and her sense of humor made you want to simply be in her presence. She made you feel special. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.
Kelli loved decorating for every holiday. She loved planting flowers, however, in order to make it through the summer, they needed a little more water and care than she gave them, she had the best of intentions. She was an overly experienced Amazon shopper and didn’t seem to mind quite as much when Anthony worked out of town because that meant that she didn’t have to hide her many deliveries from him. She loved buying gifts for her family at Christmas time, it was her favorite time of year. Her children never lacked for anything.
Raised by their dad, all 3 girls were very close to him and had a hard time when he passed away in 2008 but Kelli really struggled with his passing. She had not only lost her dad, but she had also lost her hero. It brings her family so much comfort knowing that when Kelli took her last breath on this side, her next breath was on the other side of eternity while in the presence of her Savior and her beloved dad.
Kelli’s husband and children were her whole life, her whole existence and her leaving has left a hole that nothing can ever fill. None of her family will ever be the same.
Kelli is survived by her adoring husband, Anthony; children, Carson and Brynlee; her beloved Yorkies: Roscoe and Roxy; mom Christy Lee; sisters, Heidi (Mark) Magdaleno, Kami Novak, brother Daniel Novak; stepmom, Jodi Novak; mother-in-law Nedra Reyna; brother-in-law Chris (Darcie) Reyna; sister-in-law Chelsea (Jesse) Vasquez and many, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a great-nephew that all adored her to no end.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Bayard and Doris Novak, Bob and Ann Lee, father, Jeff Novak, brother Tyler Novak aunt Rosalie Miltimore.
A celebration of Kelli’s life will be held on Friday, February 5, at 11:00 AM at Christian Faith Center in Nampa with a graveside to follow at Meridian Cemetery. The family asks that Kelli’s friends bring copies of pictures that they have of Kelli and with Kelli, to her celebration of life so they can be put into a memory album for her children to have.
Thank you all for the love and support that you have shown her family during this time.
what made her beautiful
was not her appearance
or what she achieved,
but in her love
and in her courage,
and her audacity
light ran wild
and that was the way
she came alive,
and it showed up in everything
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