Kaetlin Hall Jetton went flying on Jan. 9th at 10:07 p.m. to her new assignment in the creative arts department in Heaven. She will, no doubt, apply herself immediately to singing with (and baking cookies for) the heavenly choir and tastefully redecorating whatever large beachfront mansion she is given. In her almost 36 years here on the planet, she was a woman who gave her whole heart to Jesus first, excelled as an exceptional wife and mother second and served as a leader, a healer, a mentor, a talented singer and a true friend in the hours she had left in the day. She was a Niceville girl, raised on the bay and gulf beaches. Days at Wolverine Park honed her skills as a shortstop. Hours of practice at Bluewater Elementary, Ruckel, Niceville and Niceville First Methodist developed her precious gift for singing…especially when she was singing in worship. (Thank you, Ginny, Carol and Mike and Larry) Early on, she ran into Patti Foy who woke the majorette and pageant girl in her and taught her the value of hard work and a devotion to team work that served her and defined her for the rest of her life. (Thank you Ms. Patti, Barry, Tom and April) She was a Niceville HS Hall of Famer, a proud member of the Opus ensemble and All-State Chorus and an Okaloosa County Jr. Miss. She moved on to become an award-winning campus leader and well-loved student at Troy University where she was president of the Phi Mu Sorority.
Her biggest achievement there was finding the man her parents prayed for all her life…her husband James. (Thank you, Jesus) They had a shrimp boil for their rehearsal dinner, were married in her home church and had their reception on the shores of Boggy Bayou. They supported one another through the work of obtaining their advanced degrees from Bethel University. She was trained as a Physician Assistant there and healing work became a passion for the rest of her life. We say that she swam back upstream to Niceville to begin her family and professional life. James became a minister on the staff of Crosspoint church and she began her career in the ER at Twin Cities Hospital. Her next assignment was the Sacred Heart Miramar ER where she worked for over ten years before she was diagnosed with AML. Her work family there has loved and served her with great care to her very last day. (Thank you, Nancy, Amy, Sam, Michelle and Meemee and so many others) She chose night shift work in a busy emergency room so she could devote her days to her young family. That was her way…service to others was always first, sleep was optional.
She was a light and a spiritual leader in that hard ER space. Her co-workers said that they would scan the hospital parking lot as they began each shift to see if Kaet’s car was there because they knew it would be a better night if she was with them. Her family…their family…is lovingly referred to as the Jetton Circus. They have brought four strong, kind and beautiful children into this world. Laken Elaine, 8, Isla Kate, 6, Hattie Kelley, 5, and Ryder James, 3. Their loving character and their bright light reflects Kaet’s constant encouragement and care for them. Their future as Team Jetton will be bright and important in this community.
Kaet was the first daughter of Steve and Sherry Hall. She was beloved sister to Colleen Welton and Lily Hall. Her proud grandparents are Jimmy and Janet Grant and Sue Dickens. Many have asked what they can do for the family. Please, commit to continue to love them well and stay involved in their lives as sweetly as you have during the difficult years since Kaet’s diagnosis. The “Niceville Love Militia” has been an extraordinary force for good. So many people walking out their faith in service to us…a shining example of Christian community.
Thank you Crosspoint family for your unwavering commitment. The community will gather on Sunday, January 16th at 4:00 pm at Crosspoint Church in Niceville to celebrate and grieve together. Of course, Kaet asked that we not wear black. The gathering will be livestreamed and you can find the link below.
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