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Kaya Mae Atkins

October 15, 2002 - April 16, 2023

Kaya Mae Atkins, 20, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2023. She was born in Lynchburg, VA on October 15, 2002.

Kaya graduated from Brookville High School in 2021. She had a love for animals and was very artistic. She also enjoyed music and spending time with family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her mother, Kendra Atkins Elder and husband, Mark; father, Patrick Eli Bishop; sisters, Celeste Elder and Meadow “Mo-Mo” Elder; maternal grandmother, Susan Atkins; maternal grandfather, Joseph Garnett “Bubba” Atkins; paternal grandparents, Jim and Katherine Bishop; uncle, Gabe Bishop; aunts, Meggin Atkins-Snyder and husband, Gene, and Stephanie Atkins; cousins, Jude Atkins, Knox Snyder, Justin Simon and Jake Riedinger and a host of loving family members.

A private family service will be held.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family.

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To Kaya’s family: I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful young woman. She was in my English class her sophomore year. Her sweet spirit radiated the classroom. She was always so kind and hardworking. It was a joy to teach her. I’m praying for your family for a comfort during this difficult time. Janet Maxwell

Posted by Janet Maxwell on May 11, 2023

Kendra and Family, My heart goes out to you all. Words will never be enough. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Love you friend ❤️ Krystan

Posted by Krystan Harris on April 24, 2023

My son had invited her to a party for his cousin at Putt Putt

Posted by Terry Maddox on April 24, 2023

fly high angel🤍

Posted by Hunter Wirt on April 20, 2023

my sweet Kaya. My heart is absolutely shattered and this feels so unreal. From the car rides together, to hair school, then to working together. Kaya always was such a joy and always let me know how loved I was and how proud of me she was. Sending my condolences & prayers to her family i am so sorry for your loss. I love you Kaya. You will be so missed babe.

Posted by Hunter Wirt on April 20, 2023

I am falling short with the right words to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Kaya --or \"Kaya-Papaya\" as she was often called in our home. From the moment she connected with Emma, we knew the Basham family was going to be forever changed! The best part about Kaya coming into our lives was that it meant we were immediately part of the Atkins family as well-- even after Emma gave her an unexpected haircut! Although many tears have fallen over the last few days, it bring a smile to remember the amazing memories she helped create. From hearing her laugh and squeal in the pool, to watching her run to the bus stop, to seeing her handiwork while tackling different masterpieces of art, or seeing her run through the woods between the two houses… these memories will all be cherished. Kaya made an incredible impact on our family and we are forever grateful!

Posted by Janelle for the Basham Family on April 19, 2023

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