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Kelli Marie (Deal) Rowe, 44

AUG. 17, 1966-AUG. 12, 2011

August 13, 2011
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Kelli answered God's call to be with Him after a long and courageous fight with ovarian cancer on Aug. 12, 2011. Kelli will be indescribably missed by those she left behind in this world, but she looked forward to being with her grandparents, Gerry and Louise Buscher and Clyde and Isabelle Deal; uncle, Harry Dulaney Catts; and other family members and friends who are now comforting her in a better place.

Kelli graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1984 and Hagerstown Community College in 1986 with a degree in early childhood education. In addition to a sincere dedication to family, her life and career were devoted to improving the lives of community members with developmental disabilities. Her employment in the field started with a summer camp for children and adults with special needs at Camp Greentop, then continued to Potomac Center, Arc of Washington County, United Cerebral Palsy, and most recently Star Community, where she served as the director of the Ventures Day Program.

Kelli is survived by Tim, her husband of 25 years; son, Ben; parents, Mary and Dennis Deal; sister, Karen; brother, Kris and his wife, Cheryl; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and a far-reaching network of friends, colleagues and co-workers.     

In keeping with Kelli's wishes, there will not be a public viewing or funeral. However, a memorial service that Kelli helped to plan will be Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church, 21513 Leitersburg Smithsburg Road, Hagerstown. Pastor Terry Culler will lead the celebration of Kelli's life.

While Kelli loved flowers, memorial donations to the Star Community Ventures Day Program in her name are encouraged. Donations can be sent to Star Community Inc., 13757 Broadfording Church Road, Hagerstown, MD  21740.

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