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Kaitlyn Marie-Smith Velsvaag

April 9, 1995 ~ January 27, 2019 (age 23)
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LT Kaitlyn Marie-Smith Velsvaag, 23, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC.

Kaitlyn was born at Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC on April 9, 1995. She graduated from Wiesbaden High School, Wiesbaden, Germany in 2013 and received an Army ROTC Scholarship to the University of Dubuque, Iowa. In May of 2017 she graduated with Majors in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a Minor in Military Science. After commissioning she branched Military Police (MP) and was incredibly honored to be assigned to the 503rd MP Battalion (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. She proudly completed Airborne school in November.

Kaitlyn is loved by so many for her kind and beautiful soul. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her parents, Linnea Velsvaag and James Campbell; her father, Cory Smith; her best friend/twin sister, Kirsten George (Austin); maternal grandmother, Lana Jackson; maternal grandfather, Herman Velsvaag (Deloris); paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Jeary Smith, Richard and Marion Campbell; Uncles, John Velsvaag and Jeaf Smith; Aunts, Laura Velsvaag and Barb King (Lawrence); soul mate, Anthony Louis Reed; and a host of extended family members and friends throughout the world.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 PM Saturday, February 2, 2019 at LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304.

Funeral services and inurnment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery this summer.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Kaitlyn’s memory to Thundering Paws Adoption Center or an animal shelter of your choosing. Kaitlyn’s cat, Artemis, was adopted through their program and he gave her so much joy.

Arrangements for the family are entrusted to LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304. Online condolences may be made at

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