Ava & Alyse Williams


Beloved daughters, granddaughters, nieces, cousins and friends, Ava and Alyse left this world unexpectedly, at the tender age of 9 and 6, and was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on January 2, 2021. Ava and Alyse Williams were preceded in death by their Father, Aaron Williams; Great Grandfather, Jerome Blake; Paternal Great Grandfather; Judson Brodie; and Maternal Grandfather, Vance Kirkland. The two leave behind their mother, Vanecia Kirkland; Grandparents, Jernett Sisco, Donna Brodie, and Stacey Williams; Great Grandfather, Bernard Sapp; Great Grandmother, Garnet Fisher; Uncle, Troy Cook; and Aunt, Aaryn David

Ava was born in Camden, NJ. on September 14, 2011 and Alyse was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 25, 2014. They are the daughters of Aaron Williams and Vanecia Kirkland. Ava and Alyse grew up on west side of Columbus, Ohio, where they attended Prairie Norton Elementary School and later attended The Ohio Virtual Academy. Ava and Alyse were each other’s best friends. Always playing together. They both loved singing Karaoke and dancing. Their favorite games were Royal High, Adopt Me, Fashion Famous, and Piggy. Ava (age 9) was a ball of energy and never stopped moving. Ava aspired to be an artist. She loved to drawing pictures. She drew animal styled character with big sparkly eyes. Ava having a creative mind like her mother recently showed an interest in sewing and knitting. She wanted to do big things in her life. Alyse (age 6) frequently read goosebumps books because she wanted to be just like her big sister. Alyse loved makeup and wearing dresses just to make them spin. Alyse, a little actress at heart, loved to pretend would never break character.

When you think of Ava and Alyse, celebrate the good memories you have of them. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest.

Public Visitation 5:00pm, Private Visitation 6:00pm, and Funeral 7:00pm Friday, January 8, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. May God continue to cover the family of Ava & Alyse with his grace during this time of grief. My condolences especially go to my good friend and their mother, Vanecia. I pray that God helps you find solace in the fact that both Ava and Alyse will live on in eternal paradise.

  2. Patricia Collins

    You do not know me but, from one Mom to another, I am sending you absolutely all the love in my heart.

  3. Geoffrey Armstrong

    Hello, though I found out only from the news. It all broke my heart and pulled at my heart strings like nothing else.
    Though I never knew you I will always hold you both dear to my heart forever.
    My god bless you and your wonderful Mom.
    With Love
    Geoffrey Armstrong

  4. The Lewis Family

    As your neighbors on Danwood Drive we mourn with you, and send our love to the mother and the family. Please know that your little angels brought us many smiles and and they were much loved and cared about by all of us in this little courtyard. We send you wishes for healing and that you can feel, in this moment of insurmountable grieving, that they brought much joy to those around them.

  5. Vanecia, I am so sorry! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  6. Marchella Marchesa

    If you believe in Jesus Christ that He is Lord and Savior, repent of your sins, you shall be saved, and therefor are GUARENTEED that you will spend eternity with Him in heaven AND your daughters. You will c them again, for rt now both of them are alive, happy and dancing with God, FOREVER in heaven. I GUARENTEED it!! Jesus also weeps for your loss, but they rejoice in His presence. B strong call into Him and He will command His angels over you. To hug you, comfort you and give you faith. I love you, I mourn with you, but also rejoice in two more angels in heaven. B strong n KNOW HE IS GOD. For this is for a season, and not eternity…eternity, ONLY exsists in heaven.

  7. My deepest condolences for the family… this truly hurts my heart tremendously . Not because Alyse and I share the same name but they look like my daughter. My prayers and comfort goes out… I’m still crying. Represent In Paradise Beautiful Angels

  8. To my Ohio Family my deepest condolences during this difficult time. I pray God give you the strength to not only endure during this very moment but the days ahead. Love you all and God Bless

  9. Amanda Pinkstock

    Vanecia, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your daughters were absolutely beautiful and so full of life. I always enjoyed reading their sassy reactions on Facebook.

    I hope time is good to you and helps you heal during this tragic time. You are a strong woman and you have a wonderful community (including myself) that is here for you whenever you need it. My thoughts, prayers, and love is with you and your family.

  10. My deepest condolences to the family of these two angels. May they rest in peace and may god bless during these very difficult times. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  11. Lifting you and your Family up in prayer during this very difficult time. May God bless you always

  12. These beautiful, much-loved babies will live in the hearts of so many for decades and decades to come. I hold the family in my prayers and hope they will continue to be surrounded by love.

  13. Vanecia, I have no words except I am so sorry and I am praying for your strength. Social media helps us keep up with each other from afar, and I always loved seeing posts about the girls. I know you have two the best angels watching over you, and I pray for your strength everyday. I am sending you all the love I have in my heart.

  14. Ava and Alyse were taken from us prematurely, but In the spiritial world they will be loved and continue to love one another until the day when their mother and other loved ones join them in the kingdom of heaven.
    May god heal all our hearts dealing with this. Give us strength!

  15. Titianna McLaughlin

    May these beautiful little girls rest peacefully in heaven

  16. Vanecia, our lives are forever changed, but not the love we have for one another. Please know that there is nothing in this world that I wouldn’t do for you. I will always be here for you. Ava and Alyse will forever live in my heart and always be in my daily thoughts.

  17. My deepest sympathy for your loss and I pray that God will grant you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.

  18. Vanecia, I love you & the girls & I am praying for you. Please Yahuah help this wonderful soul, in Yahusha’s Name, Amein.

  19. Heavy hearted condolences and prayers I send to the families of these beautiful little angels.


  21. Simone L Greggs

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers always.

  22. Forever in our Hearts

  23. Denise Williams

    To Vanecia and Family,

    I’m sorry about your loss of beautiful Ava & Alyse. I pray God’s comforting Arms will hold you close during this difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers.

  24. Mom, I don’t know you personally, but I know a mother’s heart. I pray that you will trust The hand of God. He will walk with you through this difficult time….that no one else can imagine. I am praying for you.

  25. My heart and soul go out to you V. You are in mine and my church communities prayers as I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. If there is ANYTHING you need please know that you can reach out, day or night. <3 you.

  26. I can’t even put into words how sorry I am that this happ6to your beautiful babies. Know that a mothers love lives forever. I send you an abundance of love prayers and light. May God wrap his arms around you and keep you through your time of grief.

  27. Dear Mom, please know that I and many others are praying for you. For strength, for comfort.

    Family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  28. Oh Vanecia, so many questions unanswered but at the end of the day you have our Lord to lean on as you mourn the loss of your sweet baby girls. I absolutely can’t imagine how broken your heart is but thankful that you have an amazing support of friends and family. They may not know what to say but know they are hurting for you.
    Thinking of you and sending you prayers that our Jesus will hold you tight and help you through this time.

  29. Lord please keep this mom in your care. Lord let her know that you are here for her. That she never alone place your hand on her lord in Jesus name amen

  30. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. As you grieve, know I’m thinking of you and honoring the memory of those precious angels, Ava and Alyse.
    May God continue to bless and comfort you in your time of sorrow. Words cannot express how heartbroken I am. I love you.

  31. Loretta Shorter

    May your heart find peace and tranquillity through the healing power of LOVE, HOPE and LIGHT… today and always! Please know I’m here for you! Loretta Shorter; Albany, Georgia

    • I do not know you but I know there is a god that will give you and your family healing I am so sorry for your loss may god give you strength and I know your babies are resting in gods heavenly arms god bless

  32. The Davis Family

    I am saddened to hear about your loss
    Wishing you courage, strength and love to help you through this loss.
    You have been in our prayers you are Loved.
    From Leslie Davis from San Diego, Ca

  33. My heart breaks for this family of these beautiful angels let the memories sustain you until you see them again in heaven prayers and God Bless you all in this time of need

  34. Just heartbreaking to the family of these beautiful girls you have my deepest condolences peace be with you

  35. Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family, I pray that god wraps his arms around you at this most difficult time!!!!

  36. Demetreal Manzie

    My deepest sympathy is with the family at this time May God be with you during this difficult time

  37. V,
    My heart truly goes out to you. Praying for healing, strength, and guidance, for you and your family. Love you immensely!

    • Praying for everyone as we go through this difficult time, please know that I love you. Romans 15:4. For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of Scriptures might have HOPE. With all our love the Williams/Wright Family.

  38. No words in this planet can ease the pain you are enduring right now. I pray that god holds your hand and guide you.
    I am so sorry!

  39. I don’t know you or your family and can’t imagine what you’re going through but trust that God will bring you through – sending lots of prayers your way for strength and healing.

  40. My heart felt condolences and prayers to you Mom and your family! I don’t personally know you but my heart feel your heart hurts! I will be forever praying for you!! ❤️❤️

  41. My heartfelt condolences goes out to family. I pray for comfort, strength and healing during this difficult time.

  42. To the Mother of these two beautiful Angels, you are loved and have a great circle of love within and outside of your family. You now have a community that is praying over you and for you. As a fellow classmate, you’ve been on my heart heavy and I’ll always keep you in my prayers. I pray that this love and strength will follow you after the dust settles. And even in your darkest days you’ll hold their love and light in your heart. Your Two beautiful Angels are always with you in spirit and their love will always echo for their mother. Blessings to you, Vanecia Kirkland and family

  43. Vanecia,

    I love you and you are such a sweet person. You are in my prayers and thoughts every day. I pray that the Lord continue to comfort you. I never got to meet your babies in person but I still remember when you were pregnant with Ava when we first met in New Jersey. I thank God that we met and have still stayed connected thanks to Facebook. Your babies are loved so much and you are a wonderful mom. My sincerest prayers and condolences goes out to you and the family.

  44. All my deepest sympathy for your loss of those beautiful girls. From a mother to a mother, I am so sorry. I will keep you, Ava, and Alyse in my heart.

  45. Simone m Johnson

    sending lots of prayers your way for strength and healing.

  46. Karen Lennox Salkvitch

    I have had the pleasure of meeting these two delightful young ladies several times. They will be greatly missed!
    To my beautiful friend and colleague Ms. V: sending my love, prayers, and condolences.

  47. You do not know me I live in Atlanta Ga I am so Sorry about your daughters they are with the lord and I ask God to give you the strength and love and kindness during this of grief I love you and God Bless

  48. Zenobia RICHARDSON

    Hello…. You don’t know me personally but I am your daughters cousins. Aaron was my cousin on his father side. Even though I never met your daughters in person this truly hurt me to my to my soul. I am so so so sorry for your loss I can’t imagine the pain and hurt and confusion you are going through. I have been praying for god to heal you the way he only can since the day I found out. Once again I am so sorry and im saddened that me and family will never get to meet our beautiful little cousins they seem like they were wonderful little girls…..so beautiful and so full of joy and optimism. You will always be in my prayers. Much love and condolences.

  49. Dear God,
    I ask you to wrap your loving arms around this family. Sending prayers and condolences.

  50. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. My God give you strength each day I wish I could’ve met my beautiful little cousins, rest well in the beautiful kingdom of heaven.

  51. LaVerne Dobbs-Godwin

    Words cannot express my broken heart for this Mother and family. My sincere condolences, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Angels. Prayers of peace and comfort. Prayers for your Strength

  52. WOW I’m so thankful for getting the opportunity to sign on I’m so sorry for the early home going of your beautiful babies they have their wings now and I really hope that you get some comfort and peace in time as life goes on the Lord will Bless you and keep you i don’t know personally but I love ❤️❤️❤️❤️ You always Our God Has you forever. AMEN

  53. So, so sorry for your loss. I lost my only son who was 24 in Oct and understand what’s it’s like to lose in this way. If need someone to talk to, I’m also in Columbus please reach out. Prayers.

  54. God bless you and your family. From the bottom of my heart. Hope you find the strength in your own time to keep on going.

  55. Stephanie Baker

    To The Williams Family:

    My heart and love goes out to you. God blessed you with two beautiful babies for a short period of time. But remember this: God doesn’t make mistakes and they made it to HEAVEN automatically. Be strong and continue to serve God-lifting up the name of Jesus forever! He will give you strength to make it threw this wonderful journey.

    Love You My Sister

  56. On behalf of all of the teachers and staff at Prairie Norton Elementary, please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Ava and Alyse will always have a special place in our hearts. We share in your sadness.

  57. I don’t know you. But, as a mother. I empathize with you. I pray that the memories of your kids bring you peace & strength. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. Stay strong sis. Because, lord knows it’s going to be some very hard days. Don’t isolate yourself. Lean on friends and family to help you with your emotions along the way.

  58. Madrid Mattingly

    My heart is with these beautiful girl’s mother. I hope you know they reside in heaven and wait anxiously for your time to join them. Much love to the family. Love and prayers.

  59. To the bereaved family just know that my heart goes out to you. Your two beautiful little girls Ava, and Alyse are sleeping in heavenly peace in the arms of the Lord. Just know that you are being thought of and prayed for. May you find strength, comfort and peace to get through this very difficult time.

    Love you all.
    Lorna Beecher xx

  60. Vickie Thompson

    Heavenly Father,
    Please wrap these two beautiful angels in the protection of your arms. Heavenly Father I’m asking you to shower their mother with your love and grace. Help her to endure this unimaginable pain that no mother should endure. Give her strength to maintain and push on pass her pain. Amen Amen

  61. I’m from a city in Corpuschristi Texas, I came across these news of this tragedy, I’m so sorry for your loss, we here in Texas feel,your pain and pray God give you comfort in your time of need , words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you and your family, may the peace of God be with y’all, Gonzales family

  62. Please accept my condolences and sincerest sympathies. My heart is heavy for these two beautiful children, Mom and family. May GOD bless you.

    Kevin Harris, Stoughton, Massachusetts

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