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Kelly Lee Bigwood

December 19, 1978 ~ March 22, 2024

On Friday, March 22, 2024, Kelly Lee Bigwood passed from this life into one much more real. She was welcomed into her heavenly home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus, whom she had walked with closely for many years. Some of her very last words were “I’m ready to go home.”

Kelly, the daughter of Robert Floyd Sr. and Barbara Brian Floyd, was born in Pascagoula, MS, and grew up in Louisiana and Texas. Graduating from Vernon High School in Vernon, TX, Kelly would go on to graduate from Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a degree in children’s ministry.

Kelly’s name means warrior, and she lived up to that name fully. Long before her battle with cancer she was a fighter. She goes down in Harrold High School girls basketball history by being one of the benchwarmers who had to step in when the entire team fouled out. They would rally and beat their rival with only three players on the floor. The odds never really bothered Kelly, and she approached her battle with cancer the same way.

On October 1, 2015, Kelly received the official diagnosis of what she already expected: stage four cancer, beginning a multi-year battle with cancer. The Bigwood family is forever grateful for the team at Baylor medicine in Houston Texas, who, even though they did not expect Kelly to live more than six months, still took the chance and treated her. Doctors Stephen Curley, Avo Artinyan, Yvonne Sada, and Benjamin Muscher at Baylor and Dr Mohammed Khan and his team here in Lake Charles were all were a huge part in giving us 3,096 extra days with Kelly. To all of you, thank you.

To Kelly, her battle became a platform to minister from. Everywhere she went during these last 8+ years became an encounter with someone needing encouragement. Being a pastor’s daughter and a pastor’s wife, ministry was always her heart and life – but with cancer it took on a whole new mission and she embraced it wholeheartedly. She knew what it was to walk with Jesus through life’s hardest moments and she wanted everyone else to know how to do that too.

Kelly approached her last few weeks on this side of eternity the same way she did everything else: fearlessly hand in hand with the Lord. She knew that, for those who follow Jesus, death isn’t failure, and it isn’t final — and when you know who is on your side, nothing else really matters.

To our families and friends, thank you for the support and love you have shown us through these years. We could not have walked this journey without you.

Kelly is survived by her five incredible children: Kaleb, Hannah, Abigail, Elizabeth, and Samuel; husband, Joshua; Parents: Robert and Barbara Floyd, sisters Kristi Scharringhausen (Louis and sons: Jordan, Kamron, and Jeremiah), Kari Calda (and children Zach, Cody, Chloe and Cami, brother Rob Floyd (Ali and daughter Alyssa)., her in laws, brothers and sisters- in laws and their children. She is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and a great niece.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at Glad Tidings Church in Lake Charles on Monday, March 25, 2024 at 11 a.m. Rev. Todd Schumacher will officiate. Visitation will take place at the church Sunday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will resume on Monday from 10 a.m. until the start of the service.  A private burial will take place following the service.

Services

Visitation: Sunday, March 24, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Glad Tidings
3400 Texas St, Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA 70607


Visitation: Monday, March 25, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Glad Tidings
3400 Texas St, Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA 70607


Funeral Service: Monday, March 25, 2024
11:00 am

Glad Tidings
3400 Texas St, Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA 70607


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  1. Candle 2Joshua we are praying for you and your family now and in the coming months, that God sustains you with a supernatural peace that only He can provide, Kelley is home with Jesus, we love you.

  2. Candle 2Josh, May God continuously surround you and the kids with peace, wisdom, comfort and strength. Kelly was a compassionate and fierce prayer warrior! Love you all.

  3. Candle 2Pastor Josh and family…my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I’m so sorry for your loss. R.I.P Mrs Kelly 🙏🏼

  4. Josh and children, we want to be with you all but we are in the country of Israel. You are being covered by our prayers. Psalm 34:18, Psalm 73:26, Matt 5:4. Hold tight to Jesus; He’s holding on to you. We love you.

  5. Heavenly Father, please be the strength for Josh and the children during this time. It is very comforting to know that Kelly is with you and we will one day be reunited with her. Please help Josh in his grief even as he helps his children to grieve. Teach them how to grieve and confort their broken hearts. Bring them even closer together as a family and may they look to you for the help they need now and in the future.

  6. Candle 1I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord will fill you with peace, joy, strength and encouragement daily.

  7. Candle 8Kelly was a true inspiration to me of how I would like to a wife, mother, and godly woman. It was a true honor to know her and work along side her in church, she was a true legacy in my book. You will be missed by many, you touched so many hearts!

  8. Candle 1It was an honor to have been able to meet Kelly. The bible studies we did with her and Josh are some of the best times we have had. Prayers of comfort for the family.

  9. Kelly is truly an amazing woman of God; she will be missed tremendously. May God grant you His comfort and an increasing awareness of His nearness. May His peace and presence mark your days. May Christ’s light shine through in the dark moments and may His love surround and protect you. Until we meet again in God’s perfect presence

  10. Candle 4Such fond memories of the whole Floyd family. So faithful and kind. My prayers for comfort in this valley. Such a beautiful child of God resting until we see her soon. In Christ 💕 love, Connie

  11. Candle 1Our family looks forward to the day we all will celebrate around the throne of Christ with those we hold so dear. It was our privilege to get to know Kelly on a family trip to Disney World in 2002. Sheli and I remember visiting with Kelly all night long while I drove our families back to Texas. Kelly talked with us all night just making sure I stayed alert in those long dark hours. We remember thinking how wonderful it was to see the light of Jesus shine thru Kelly as we talked. The cherished memories of Kelly will never be forgotten, and we hold to those promises to see those in Christ at the resurrection.

  12. Candle 3Praying for you and you family so sorry ya’ll are amazing family in Jesus mighty name 🙌 🙏 ❤️

  13. Candle 2Kelly truly was a bright light to this world. Joshua, you and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.

    Doug and Patty Torkelson

  14. Candle 1Our Audrey Hepburn. A woman who truly represents God’s heart on earth. Each time I saw her it was nothing but grace and love. Kelly personified life feeling light and unburdened in spite of reality. After years of observing her and speaking with her, I realized she was a modern Audrey Hepburn. A beautiful soul it was a unique blessings to witness and be around. Love and peace surrounded her always. My prayers are forever with her husband, children and loved ones. ❤️🙏🏾 Kelly let her light shine and it remains lit even after she’s entered heaven with our Creator.

  15. Candle 2Thinking of you Bigwood family and all the extended family of Kelly’s too. May you all find peace 🕊️


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