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Kayleigh Savannah "Eugene" Teal
Birth: Mar. 22, 1995
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death: May 22, 2011
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Kayleigh Savannah (Eugene) Teal
22 March 1995 - 22 May 2011

PITTSBURG — Kayleigh Savannah Teal, 16, of Seneca, Missouri and Pittsburg, Kansas went to be with Jesus on May 22, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri.

Kayleigh was born March 22, 1995 in Bamburg, Germany to Robert Eugene Teal and Karen Sue (Stanton) Long.

She attended Bluejacket and Welch Schools early and was attending Seneca High School where she loved mixed choir.

Kayleigh was employed as a waitress in the Joplin Pizza Hut and was of the Christian Faith.

She is survived by: Father: Robert and wife Karen Louise Teal of Pittsburg, KS, Mother: Karen Sue Long and step-father Shaun Higginbothan of Seneca, MO, three brothers: Rowdy Teal of Pittsburg, Trey Saltsman of Seneca, and Jordan Ray Bicknell of Pittsburg, 4 sisters: Shandra Renee Bicknell of Pittsburg, Brandi Sue Moore of Pittsburg, Tayler Higginbothan of Seneca, and Dakoata Higginbothan of Seneca. Paternal grandparents: William and Judy Fromm, Oklahoma City, OK, Richard Teal of Bluejacket, OK. Maternal grandmother: Betty Stanton (Davis) and paternal great grandmother Margarett Ann Teal of Chetopa, KS.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, June 4, 2011 at The First Baptist Church in Miami, Oklahoma with Audy Tash officiating.

Interment will follow in the G.A.R. Cemetery under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.

The family will receive friends and relatives Friday, June 3, 2011 from 6-8 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Chapel.

Kayleigh's Uncles will honor her by serving as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kayleigh Savannah Teal Scholarship Fund.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Morning Sun
Thursday, June 02, 2011

Note: 'Eugene' is on her tombstone.


Kayleigh Savannah Teal
22 March 1995 - 22 May 2011

Kayleigh Savannah Teal, 16, died at Pizza Hut in Joplin, MO tornado.

Step-grandaughter of James & Frances Lough. Step-great Granddaughter of Minerva Bryant Lough Ketterman.

Obituary to follow at later date.

Funeral Services:
Previous Visitation:

Friday June 03
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Paul Thomas Funeral Home
1432 B Street Northwest Miami, OK 74354

Add'l Info: (918) 542-4451

Funeral Service:

Saturday June 04
10:00 AM
First Baptist Church
24 A. Street S.W. Miami, OK 74354

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Kayleigh Savannah Teal, 16 | ‘Fun-sized' lifted the spirits of others

At just a smidge over 5 feet tall, Kayleigh Savannah Teal relished the chance to correct those who pointed out her vertical challenges.

"She doesn't like people saying she was short. She went around saying she was fun-sized," said her best friend, Jordan Lawson.

Teal, 16, of rural Seneca, Mo., was working at a Pizza Hut in Joplin when the tornado came through. Her body was discovered early Monday.

At Seneca High School, friends spent the week remembering the sophomore's expressive personality.

"She was like always outgoing and never really shy. If you were sad like any part of the day, she could make you laugh," Lawson said.

At school there were tears, Lawson said, but her friends also stopped to laugh.

Teal was hardly a wallflower, after all. She had blue streaks in her hair and loved to sing at the top of her lungs.

If it wasn't the "Oompa Loompa" song from the classic movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," then it was probably something like these lines from a Kesha song called "Dinosaur":

Old man, why are you staring at me … it's kind of creepy. You should be prowling around the old folks' home.

"We went around singing it all the time," Lawson said through laughter. "It annoyed the crap out of my mom."

The Kansas City Star
Fri, May. 27, 2011


Thanks so very much to Sue, [SSBJ (#46954568)], for deleting her memorial, leaving my accidental dupe, and then sponsoring Kayleigh's memorial, and adding her photos to it.

Kayleigh's families appreciate her thoughfulness and kindness very much.

Our Blessings and Best Wishes to all.


Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.91261, -94.87928
Created by: Orlena
Record added: May 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70455129
Kayleigh Savannah Eugene Teal
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Kayleigh Savannah Eugene Teal
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Rest in peace, sweet child. You are a hero.
- Dave
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