Kalee Chandler, age 12 of Butler, Missouri passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, May 27, 2016 in the gymnasium of Butler High School in Butler with Pastor John Prichard officiating. Visitation will be prior to services from 12 noon to 2:00 PM in the gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Kalee Chandler Memorial Scholarship, for college bound girls with a passion for barrel racing. Arrangements are entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home of Butler, (660-679-0009) and messages for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Kalee Grace Chandler was born June 9, 2003 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kalee, well, she was Kalee. Small but full of spunk. No matter what she did, she gave it 100% and everything was a competition. It didn’t matter if it was basketball, barrel racing, getting the best math score or catching the biggest fish. She was going to win no matter what strings she had to pull. She just had that natural ability to do just about anything. She was an A student, didn’t like to read and would let you know that. She had so much energy the teachers would go have her “walk the halls” a couple times to just settle down. She was just full of life. She loved being on the basketball court every chance she could get. Even between games and time outs you would see her out there shooting baskets and wouldn’t stop until the refs would make her. She had a connection with about every ref she came in contact with. Somehow she would talk her talk with them and they would be laughing at her by the time the game was over. And she had to have the last shot of the game. Even if she would be told to pass it, she would watch the clock and wait for the final second, step out to the three point line and shoot. Kalee started barrel racing at the age of five on her Dad’s roping horse, Sarrley. Kalee won several buckles and a saddle running barrels, with the help of Tracy and Jonesey Murray. They shaped her into a champion. Kalee was truly the happiest at home on the farm doing what farm kids do. Taking care of her animals, hunting, fishing, riding her mini bike. (Ecclesiastes 9:10-She did everything with all she had even til the last minute.)
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Lester and Maxine Ours, Russell and Marjorie Chandler, Jim and Doris McClure.
Survivors include parents: Wade and Kacey; sister, Allie; brother, Jake; grandparents: Jerry and Marcia Ours; Wesley and Janie Chandler; uncles: Eric Chandler (Valerie Kithcart), Steve (Julie) Craigmiles, Kyle Ours (Tonya); aunts: Nikki (Craig) Nation, Kerry Dudley; cousins: Kristen and Jess Chandler; Grant, Haylea and Garrett Craigmiles; Jordan and Regan Ours; Mason and Rhett Dudley; Coleman and Coabyn Nation; classmates and friends.