Aug 14,2004---Jun 01,2021

Chelsey Ryann Updike, 16, of Kansas City, KS, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  A Celebration of her Life will be 7:00 PM Friday, June 18, at James P. Davis Hall, East Dr.,  Wyandotte County Lake, Kansas City,  KS 66109. 

Chelsey was born August 14, 2004, in Merriam, KS.  She attended Turner High School.  Chelsey was an animal lover and animal advocate. She could earn the trust of any fur baby no matter how scared they were.  Chelsey was the proud “dog mom” of Libby Lou Potato. 

She is survived by, her mother Sarah Updike and step-father Chris Gorman, brothers, Ethan, Patrick, Christopher and Justyn, grandparents Ted and Beverly Updike. All of Kansas City, Kansas. 

Father Byron Anderson, of Apex, NC, siblings, Greg and Nevaeh of GoodYear, AZ and Grandparents Keith and Lori Anderson of Mission, Kansas. 

She is preceded in death by sister, Mackenzie Hernandez and her fur baby Libby Lou. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any nonprofit animal rescue. 


Debra Williams Jun 15 ,2021

None ,Lake o Lakes ,Florida

To the family, your beloved Chelsey Honor Walk has moved me to become a donor as well. I pray God grace and mercy give you comfort as you navigate through this new norm without your beloved baby physically here. She is wrapped in God everlasting loving arms watching over you all. Remember there is no pain that God cannot heal. He knows our pain for he gave his son Jesus so we might be save through him. God bless!

Eric Donald Jun 15 ,2021

Coach ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Chelsey was always cheerful and a beacon of positive energy for everyone she was around. She had a can do attitude and was always willing to pick herself up no matter how many times she fell. She was an awesome young lady and she will be missed. Prayers and condolences to the family and all the lives that Chelsey touched.

Brenda Stacer Jun 15 ,2021

Friend ,Gladstone ,Missouri

To the family. May you feel the presence of your beloved Chelsey often. Smell her scent, hear her whispers. See her in your dreams. I feel it deeply that she's going to and already has been close. Blessings to those that remain to honor her memory.! Much Love Brenda Stacer ❤

Kristin Brinza Jun 15 ,2021

I'm Cort's mom, a friend of Chelsey's from school. My heart goes out to all of you. Chelsey isn't gone forever; she LIVES forever with the Lord. I send peace and strength beyond measure to all the family and friends. Remember this always: She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and the perfume that she wore. She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well. She's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow. She is Christmas morning. She lives inside your laughter; crystallized in every teardrop. Nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space...not even death. I lift your spirits; all of you reading this....Heavenly Father, please bless and keep those that love Chelsey, all those that Chelsey loved and all the ones that love those that love us. AMEN!

Alicia Maria Jun 15 ,2021

Good friends - Managed sports together as well ,KC ,Kansas

Chelsey had the most contagious laugh ... She could light up a whole room that just found out the worst news . She always knew exactly what to say to friends and how to clam nerves . Chelsey always made sure everyone knew she was THAT person anyone could go to no matter what it was with NO judgment - she was the only one who was always in the mood to Mexican dance with me & go crazy to songs- Even songs we didn’t know .. As for the songs we knew word for word - we would make people turn the other way .. Chelsey will be truly missed , everything about her - She left a mark on Shawnee Mission North - that’s for sure ❤️❤️ # LLC

Michelle Gonzales Jun 15 ,2021

May God be with you and comfort and strengthen u. I took lost my daughter at a tragic accident at the age of 21 months. Only God got me through it. My father was first in our area to receive a kidney transplant and because of that gracious gift I was raised with both parents. My sister tragically died and we paid it forward with many organs. Our family has been in both ends. God is our strength. He will never leave you or forsake you. God does not cause these tragedy’s to happen it was not his plan, but we can overcome them . With the thought of knowing There a beautiful mansion in Heaven just for us. He prepares a place when we leave here. May his Holy Spirit surround you always and my you feel the presence of his never ending love. Chelsey was a beautiful girl. She cannot come to you , but you will go to her someday and hold her in your arms. I look forward to that day too! This life is but a season but Heaven is eternal ❤️🙏🏼❤️May God bless you always!

Anita Basia Jun 16 ,2021

Friend ,Poland

Dear Sarah. I am a strange person, I accidentally came across your video on FB, Walk of Honor of Chelsey. I am so touched and moved by the tragedy that befell Chelsey. But I am just as deeply moved by your faith, your great love, and how you do not give in to despair even though I know it is in you. I recently lost my dad who was someone very important to me in my life, I connect with you in pain. I want you to know that what you do, that what you are, how you write about your daughter and what decisions you made with her, have a very big impact on my current life. It makes me feel consoled, I try not to be so distraught, I try to think positively I sm do sorry for your loss. I really hope that you will find comfort and I believe that we meet I won’t be left soon, in a future. God bless you I hope I didn’t hurt you by writing this. Just wanted you to know that someone who is far away from you is moved, touched and that you are giving hope for better times

Bernie Bunkers Jun 16 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas city ,Kansas

Many prayers for the Updike family. "And may the perpetual light shine upon her....."

Bernie Bunkers Jun 16 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas city ,Kansas

Many prayers for the Updike family. "And may the perpetual light shine upon her....."

Giselle Martinez Jun 16 ,2021

really close friend <3 ,Roeland Park ,Kansas

chelsey was hands down the best person i have ever met, she matched me in every way, from loyalty to humor. chelsey is who i went to when i needed someone and without fail, she was there each time. i’d give anything to have her back, she was such a bright soul, lifting the spirits of any room. her beauty exceded all bounds. her passing has definitely taken a piece of my heart, i love you so much, mi chelsey. como te voy a extrañar hermosa ??

Cassandra Caton Jun 16 ,2021

None. I'm a supporter ,Leavenworth ,Kansas

I know that you don't know me and I know that I don't know you but I am very sorry for your loss no mother should ever have to bury their own child let alone two children I am so sorry my prayers are with you through everything that you're going through your daughter was very beautiful both of them this is very very tragic you have a lot of people out here that you don't know that are supporting you I have started a prayer chain for you as well I have been following your story and you have inspired me to become an organ donor as well thank you and once again I'm truly sorry

Chikodili Joy Nebolisa Jun 17 ,2021

I don't even know her. Just saw it on Facebook ,Suleja

Hello Sarah. I don't know your family or daughter. I just saw it on Facebook and couldn't help crying so much. My warmest condolences to you and family. Watching her gift also made me to start thinking of being a donar. Take heart and be strong for your boy. You are an amazing mom. Be strong for your boy and try and be happy. Am sure that's what she would have wanted. Thanks so much. Love, from Nigeria

Alison Stingemore Jun 17 ,2021

Sympathier & a Mum of 3 kids, 2 boys & 1 girl ,Brighton England

So sorry to see this tragic news of your, beautiful daughter. It breaks my heart to to read this very sad news. I have experienced losses in my family. But not a very young child, such as you cherished daughter! Just want to send all my love & compassion for all the days, that, you will have to endure. God will help you & your every one who knows, & who has connections with you. All my love Alison xxxxx

Amaya king Jun 18 ,2021

friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

to chelseys family, I am so sorry that you have to experience this heartbreak. chelsey was such a kind soul, and you raised her so well for her to be that way. she helped me through many difficult times, especially at school, I wasn’t the most popular and she made me feel welcomed and like I belonged. she was for a while , one of my only friends , although I may not have been that close to her , she was very close to me. 🖤

Heidi Jun 23 ,2021

Face book. Stranger. ,Christchurch, New Zealand

I’m sorry for the loss of a beautiful angel. Taken early. Fly free, and those who you left behind will miss you so much. Till you meet again. Sending our condolences to the family and friends of this beautiful soul. Gone but not forgotten.

Yessi Lucio Jun 23 ,2021

Ninguna ,San Luis Potosi ,Colorado

Un fuerte y gran abrazo desde el fondo de mi corazón. Todo mi Amor y mis oraciones para ella y para toda su famila

Faiza ammad Jun 23 ,2021

None ,Phillipines zamboanga city

Condolence,,,,your story is so inspirable

Heidi Herrera Jun 23 ,2021

None ,Perris ,California

Rest In Peace

Stephanie Jun 24 ,2021

Sister in Christ 🙏🏼 ,Roseburg ,Oregon

I don’t have any words 😰 watching this video just literally broke my heart and I cannot imagine what you all are going through!! I cried and prayed and asking God to give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. My 17 year old daughters friend was driving 95 mph in a 55 mph highway goofing off and I tell ya, I had some wise words to say to this friend of hers! Thank God the driver only got a ticket and could have been much worse had she lost control of her car!!! Your daughter is so beautiful and I am so very sorry for your loss, may she Rest In Peace 🙏🏼😇🙏🏼

Samantha Ayala Jun 24 ,2021

You and Your family are in my heart and my mind,my condolences 💐 She leave this world like a Hero.

Keshia Owens Jun 24 ,2021

None ,Tempe ,Arizona

This message is for Sarah updike I know this is late message. But I am so sorry for your loss.... but you also gain a beautiful angel! ❤️❤️❤️ Sleep in heaven chelsey! 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊

Lynelle Davids Jun 24 ,2021

Someone from South Africa ,Johannesburg

My absolute deepest condolences to your entire family. Just saw Chelseys walk of honour on Facebook and I was absolutely moved, heartbroken and so so sad for all of you who shared in her life. I have prayed for all of you deeply. Sending you all love light peace and happiness from South Africa 🇿🇦 Fly peacefully dear Chelsey.

Dariannys Lubo Jun 24 ,2021

Nada ,Colombia- Riohacha la Guajira

I am not known, but I saw your poster on Facebook and it caught my attention, I wanted to send you my heartfelt condolences for your family and friends, as I read I was an animal lover, and it is good to have beautiful people with that big heart and that effort will be rewarded, I wish you are in a resting place. I send you this message with a lot of heart from Colombia.

Pamela Jun 24 ,2021

Someone ,South Africa

May her Soul rest in peace.

Angela Steen Jun 24 ,2021

None ,Darlington ,South Carolina

Sorry for your loss

kelsey price Jun 24 ,2021

n/a ,triadelphia ,West Virginia

prayers sent from my family to yours. May god be with you all.

Sonya Sharpless Jun 24 ,2021

Please accept my condolences, I pray that you and your family find strength to carry on. Your beautiful daughter is now an Angel and she’s resting in the arms of The Lord. One day we will all get to Heaven and what a Glorious day that will be. Thank you for sharing this special moment with us. God Bless you all.🙏🏽💜

Andrea Stone Jun 25 ,2021

None ,Sarasota ,Florida

I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for thinking of others in need at this darkest time in your life. She will live on in those whose lives she saves. I wish you peace. May her memory be a blessing ❤️

Erica Champion Jun 25 ,2021

Social media ,memphis ,Tennessee

My condolences to the family of Chelsea....during this time of bereavement..🙏🙏🙏RIP Chelsea

Gabriela trevisani Jun 25 ,2021

My condolences

Alice Stafford Jun 25 ,2021

Outsider ,Town

I want on behalf of my husband Noel and family we are sorry for you're loss and our prayers and thoughts are out to you and your family and friends blessing. May this beautiful soul get the best bed in heaven with God and the angels fry high beautiful young girl who's life we're taken early but will be in peace and get the best bed in the heart of heaven. Keep strong your beautiful daughter be wanting you to be happy she be still with you in your heart and spirits. Bless. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💔💔💔💔💔💔❣️🙏🙏❣️

Edelmira Fernandez Polanco Jun 25 ,2021

Su dolor es mi dolor, lamento mucho la perdida de su hija, hermana, nieta...ella es una valiente estrella que dara luz a otras personas al donar mas vida....yo soy enfermera especialista nefroterapista y trabajo en trasplante renal. Veo esa luz cuando alguien dona y el brillo cuando alguien recibe, el video completo de la despedida de CHELSEY..y lloré. Son afortunados de una gran hija, una gran donadora.

Mallie Chihombe Jun 26 ,2021

A friend ,Kansas ,California

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends, God is with us1

Heather Allen Jun 26 ,2021

My deepest condolences to your family….. So very hard to lose a child…..I want to thank you for sharing your final goodbyes…. It was so heart wrenching, but I watched the whole goodbye…❤️❤️

María lacruz Jun 27 ,2021

Sorry family !

terry Jun 27 ,2021


ohh my want to say where to begin --- please accept my heart felt best wishes to you all she is a very inspiring young lady who accepted the circle of life even before her time. She has shown such courage and a leap of faith for some one so young. You must be immensely proud of Chelsey and so am i i am a father of two yet even though i didn't know Chelsey personally i see a connection my daughter has kidney failure and is on dialysis some one like your special daughter will save my daughters life its such a special thing you have allowed. and i am so privileged to have seen your story my best wishes to you chelsea i hope your journey is swift and peacefull rest in peace From the day we arrive on the planet And, blinking, step into the sun There's more to see than can ever be seen More to do than can ever be done There's far too much to take in here More to find than can ever be found But the sun rolling high Through the sapphire sky Keeps great and small on the endless round It's the circle of life And it moves us all Through despair and hope Through faith and love 'Til we find our place On the path unwinding In the circle best wishes from middlesbrough united kingdom

Dana Jun 28 ,2021

None ,Amsterdam ,Florida

My condolences to the family. I saw her walk of honour on Facebook, it was absolutely beautiful! May she rest in peace🖤

Jeff Trumbo Jun 28 ,2021

Friend ,Cassville ,Missouri

I am so sorry to hear about what happened with Chelsey. I didn't know her, but I wanted to let you know that some of us care. Remember the good times and memories. I will be praying for you and your family during this time of need.

maribel velarde palomares Jun 28 ,2021

nada ,miajadas

lo siento muchísimo,, mi hermano también murió de un accidente de moto en 1997 y fue y sigue siendo muy duro,, lo siento de verdad muchísimo animo

Joanne Harris Jul 08 ,2021

Sarah I came across the honor walk on Facebook 😢. I do not know you but wanted to say how sorry I am for this huge loss. Not once but twice! More than any Mother should go through. She lives on…. from her generosity! Hugs to you and your family for the weeks/ months and years ahead💕💕. Joanne Harris

Camilla Martins Jul 11 ,2021

Amigo distante

Minhas sinceras condolências a toda a família, Que o Senhor Deus conforte e amplifique as forças de cada um e que ela estaja nos braços do Pai misericordioso. Que vocês consigam lembrar somente das coisas boa e que tudo se acalme em nome de Jesus. Sou do Brasil MG e sigo a pagina da Sarah.. Um abraço

Natasha B. Jul 12 ,2021

I came across the video of everyone saying they last goodbye and it just felt like I was there just crying my heart out. I want to say I’m so sorry you and your family had to go through this and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Will be praying for peace and healing. ☮️🙏🏽

Tracy Breault Jul 12 ,2021

None ,Windsor

My Deepest condolences on the passing of your dear daughter. Such a brave, yet beautiful tribute towards your daughter. Every hospital should do this walk. May Chelseys family and friends find comfort within the words of strangers near and fear. God Bless you all. Chelsey will always be with you!

susan pappas Jul 16 ,2021

None ,Wilkes barre ,Pennsylvania

I sorry for your lost she was so young I can't imagine the pain your going through sarah the kids are supposed to bury us and us burying our children that was a very touching video of her at the hospital but she got her wishes and that's wonderful but she was way to young to die again im sorry for your loss to you and your all your family members she will be missed and she is loved very much keep her memories alive

Yolanda Herrera Jul 17 ,2021

I was scrolling through Facebook when I seen your beautiful daughters Hero Walk! No parent should ever have to bury a child, I am so very sorry for your loss, please know her death wasn’t in vain, there are recipients who live on through Chelsey. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences 💐 and may she shine as bright as the beautiful star that she is! Rest in heaven Chelsey, thank you for allowing others to live through you! God bless you all!♥️

Lashaw Brown Jul 19 ,2021

None relative ,Fort Myers ,Florida

I’m so sorry my sincere condolences to you and your family this really touched my heart to see her walk of life and i think that was so special that she wanted to be a donor God bless you all and I’m so sorry for your loss

TATIANE De Paula Silva de de Oliveira Jul 20 ,2021

Uma mãe que ja perdeu um filho e conhece a dor da outra ,Niterói - Rio de Janeiro

Sei bem o que é passar por isso sinto muito fiquei numa tristeza tão grande quando vi o vídeo só Deus pra confortar nossos corações tenho certeza que ela está em um lindo lugar que Deus abençoe a família