On January 5, 2020 the community of Lebanon lost three of its own. Mariah Tomey, Kaden (Kaylee) Kirk, and their daughter Hadley Tomey. Mariah and Kaden both graduated from Lebanon High School.
Kaden Kirk graduated from Lebanon High School in 2018. He was on the basketball and track team, and was also a member of the Sunshine club. People often admired his relationship with God and involvement at Traders Point Christian Church. Kaden had a light, loving heart, often taking the time to check up on old friends and put their needs before his own.
“Kaden was the best person you could have as a friend. He was loyal and kind. No matter how bad his day was he made sure his friends were having the best day of their lives. He was the greatest father to Hadley; She was the light of his world. Everyone is going to miss him. But he was the closest person to God a person can get to. I know he is watching down on all of us,” said LHS Alumni Bre Brewer.
“Kaden stepped up and filled in spots on the distance team to help push us towards a Conference Championship. Kaden was an outstanding teammate and always had an amazing positive personality. He never hesitated to do what was asked and played a huge part on out Track and Field team,” said Track and Field coach, Shelly West.
“Kaden was such a light in everyone’s life. He was so funny and constantly kept the positivity alive, even when someone had a bad day. He was an absolutely amazing soul. I cannot express how much love I had for the both of them,” said Alyssa Smith.
Mariah Tomey graduated from Lebanon High School in 2016. Others describe her he as a fun, positive person who made the best out of every situation.
“I was close with Mariah because I had known her since grade school through church. I had the honor of sharing the dance floor and football field as Tigerettes together. It has been really hard accepting losing her. She is forever a sister in my heart and I will never forget our hilarious memories we shared together and her sweet laugh and big beautiful smile. Both of them were beautifully crafted people. I am so blessed to have had them both in my life, and I will cherish them forever. I know that they and Hadley Rose are watching over me, as I have gained three more guardian angels,” said Alyssa Smith.
“I had the privilege of coaching Mariah during her four years as a Tigerettes at LHS, but I actually knew her before when she joined my first theater production Annie Jr. 12 years ago. Although I can say she was beautiful on the outside, it is her spirit and smile that would light up a room. Mariah was a perfect example of what I wanted the Tigerettes to be. She was hard working and dedicated, but also found her best friends and confidants in the program. I would say that although she had obstacles, she always wanted to bring brightness to the world around her. Was she talented? Yes, but what I valued was her ability to stay silly and fun. I am proud to have been her mentor and coach and know she will continue to bring a smile to all of her teammates and those who were lucky enough to call her a friend,” said former Tigerette coach, Emily Wolfgang.
Rest in peace, Kaden Kirk and Mariah Tomey.
Photos provided by Delynn Harmon