Kelli Ayers Cook, RN, 56, of Hanover, Va., and a Hagerstown native, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Savage, Md., after a three-year battle with breast cancer.
Born Dec. 24, 1956, she was the daughter of Gladys Ayers Vollmerhausen of Savage and the late Norman H. Ayers.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister, Bonnie J. Ayers, and adored daughter, Emily M. Cook, both of Germantown; and many, many friends and loved ones.
Kelli graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1974, Hagerstown Junior College in 1976 and received a bachelor of arts from Shepherd University in 1978.
After leaving Hagerstown, she lived in many states and Europe before settling in Virginia in 1993. Kelli returned to school in 2007, earned her nursing degree and was employed by Richmond Community Hospital as a behavioral health nurse.
A private memorial celebration will be at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va., in the coming months. Kelli's ashes, with those of her beloved Cattle dog, Kit, will become part of an Eternal Reef along the East Coast.
Donations in Kelli's memory may be made to American Cancer Society or Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228.
Kelli Cook, 56
DEC. 24, 1956-MARCH 27, 2013
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