Kaitlyn Elizabeth “Katie” McLain

March 27, 2006 ‒ December 29, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Kaitlyn Elizabeth “Katie” McLain, age 12, of Mount Gilead, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

On March 27, 2006, Katie was born in Marion, Ohio, daughter of Garret F. McLain and Melissa N. Ramsey.  She was in the 7th grade at Mount Gilead Middle School.

A young woman of faith, Katie attended Gilead Friends Church for many years.  She was very active in the children’s programs and loved Miss Kitty and the Sonshine Express bus.

If you asked Katie, her dream would be to go on The Voice and sing, be a celebrity YouTuber, own a bakery and be an artist.  Katie absolutely loved music.  She played the clarinet and ukulele.  She had a beautiful voice and never went a day without singing, creating music videos on Gacha Life and listening to her favorite songs on YouTube.  Baking cakes and cupcakes was another hobby of hers, and she recently got into decorating them too.  She was a very artsy person and enjoyed being in the Art Club at school.

Katie was also a PC gamer and liked simulation games like SIMS and Stardew Valley.  She also enjoyed binging on NETFLIX, watching shows like Friends, Fuller House and any baking contest.

Katie will be remembered as a strong, creative and brave young lady.  She had a “larger than life” personality and was a bright light in the lives of so many people.  She always lived by the example of treating everyone back with kindness.

Katie will be dearly missed by her parents: Garret and Melissa of Mount Gilead; her brothers: Cameron, Korben, and Aiden McLain all of Mount Gilead; grandparents: Dawn (George) Wolfingbarger of Marion, Micah (Don) McLain of Mount Gilead; great grandparents: Charlene Louden of Marion and Carroll (Patricia) Ramsey of Delaware; aunts and uncles: Jessica Haines of Marengo, Doni Ramsey of Marion, Thomas (Jessica) Ramsey of Point Pleasant, WV, Seth (Rebecca Roberts) McLain of Mount Gilead, Rory Haines of Mount Gilead, Josh Miller of Galion; cousins: Jordan Haines of Mount Gilead, Bryson Haines of Marengo, Vincent Miller of Marengo, Rosalyn McLain of Mount Gilead, Madison Ramsey, Elizabeth Ramsey and Emma Ramsey all of Point Pleasant, WV.

She was preceded in death by her great grandpa, Donald Young and a cousin, Lilly Ramsey.

Katie’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Private family services will be officiated by Pastor Stephan Bloomfield and burial will take place at Glendale Cemetery in Cardington at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Homes to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Katie’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • There are no words a person can say at a time like this. You are in our families thoughts and prayers. I know Katie is singing with the angels. Fly high Katie. The Fleece family.

  • Katie’s smile could light up the room! She was a sweet girl who was always singing or humming. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Keeping your family in our prayers. There are no words to express our sadness for your loss.

  • My heart and prayers are with you. Words can’t express the sympathy I feel for you. Kaitlyn was just beautiful. ❤️ May God bless your family with comfort and strength. 🙏

  • Sending Thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficulty time. May God be with you and help you during this time of sorrow.

  • Katie’s smile could always brighten any day. I’ll always remember her playing outside all summer long and smiling as bright as the sun. We pray you will find peace in your hearts to know that God has a plan and even when we can’t see His whole plan, we can know that He is doing the best for all of us. I’m so sorry for your pain.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Melissa and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Praying for the family of this young girl. I didn’t know her but she sure has one beautiful smile.

  • My heart breaks for your family . You’re in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time . If you need anything let us know we’re one of your Neighbors on chartwell

    The Clark Family

    Rick and Jimi and Shawn Clark

    And toy poodle Sammy

  • Dawn I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • On behalf of my family, I want to extend our deepest sympathy at this time of loss. We had the privilege of getting to know Katie, Korben and Aiden through the children’s ministries at Gilead Friends Church. Katie was always up for singing, and she loved doing the crafts and looking out for her brothers. I only got to see her now and then in recent years, but she always had a smile and a hug ready. I am so sorry you are having to endure this and pray you will draw near to the only One who can lift you up and sustain you through this time. With love, Dina Snow

  • I am truly sorry for the loss of your sweet daughter. I hope the many wonderful times you have all spent with her will be a source of comfort during this difficult time. The unexpected death of a loved one can stir up many emotions that most are not ready to deal with. Our Creator never intended for any of his creation to experience death. He views it as an enemy and promises to end death forever.( 1 Corinthians 15:26; Isaiah 25:8).He also yearns to bring back to life your precious daughter.(Acts 24:15). In the meantime He promises to give you peace and hope to cope with this tremendous loss.(Philippians 4:6,7)

  • Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Find strength in all the wonderful memories you have of her.

  • My heart breaks for you, Melissa and family. I’ve only met you once, when you did photos of Cruz, but from mother to mother, I send deepest heartfelt condolences. May you find grace and strength as your heart is breaking. Sounds like Katie was a rainbow on earth. Now she is looking down and loving you from above. May God heal your tears.

  • Melissa I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter. I read all the wonderful things you will have to cherish in her memory. May god grant all of you strength during this tremendous loss

  • Kaitlyn was one of my best friends and she would make me happy every day and I will miss that from her and I wish you are happy now but i will keep you and your family in my prayers fly high Kaitlyn everyone is counting on you.😥😥

  • Im sorry for ur lost…I was Katie pre school teacher but I always remember her and her family….Melissa my heart and prayers go out to u and ur family
    With Love,
    Miss. Angie Hamm

  • We send our heartfelt condolences to your family during this difficult and sad time. With each new day may God give the strength (Ps.34:18) needed to cope. Kaitlyn will always be lovingly remembered.