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February 19, 2018

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June 23, 2015
I was friends with Kelly in the Spanish Immersion program at UM-RC and the Martha Cook Building. She visited my home in Michigan, met my quirky family members and even visited me in Italy one summer. We met up in Spoleto and spent the night at my art center villa place in Perugia. We saw Aida in Grand Rapids, visited Freeport-Michigan, and visited Monet's waterlillies at the Toledo Museum of Art. I drank Sangria at Dominicks with Kelly for the first time and learned what crab Rangoon was. I watched the Naked Mile with Kelly for the first time. My mom has a framed picture of us in Spoleto on the piano with the stenciled letters: "Italia". Kelly lent me a little black dress for the Messiah Dinner and we watched movies like "Dead Poets Society" and "Mr. Holland's Opus" on her VCR in the dorm and talked about our desire to teach history. We both had large facial features and eyes and a few people thought we were related that year. She used slang and had interests I wasn't familiar with my other peers using at the time - I have it in snail mail letters we exchanged: throwing the old pig skin and coughing up a lung...she was learning to cane chairs. At the time we had a deep connection - partially rooted in quirkiness - that I have had with few people and the experience of that friendship made me feel less alone in the world. Unfortunately the friendship ended over a silly mistake I made. I mourned the loss of the friendship with Kelly deeply as Kelly was one of the few people I had so great of a connection with - deep and silly and always interesting and fun. I remember when she dressed up as Tina Turner for Halloween and all the times we got together and studied on Friday and Saturday nights in the Graduate Student Lounge - even though we weren't graduate students we sneaked in in our wool J.Crew sweaters, plaid flannels, and blue jeans. I remember one of those nights lying in the grass on the law quad next to our door and practicing yoga shoulder stand and making formations with my legs - pseudo-gymnast. Kelly was a kindred spirit in learning, silliness, and quirkiness. I remember her doing the single buck time step up and down the Martha Cook dormitory hall and telling me about her friend who did a tap routine to "batman." We shared so many interests. I remember she told me she loved strawberries and cream, Princess Diana, and the name Harrison. We went to see Lyle Lovett together and then at Kelly's urging we waited outside with a few other groupies and were invited on to his tour bus. It was 1996 - December I think. His eyes were very blue and we were awestruck. I said "This is Kelly and she thinks you are brilliant" ... she said to Lyle "phonographic dream." The next day we ran into Spanish class and explained to the teacher, Mabel, what happened and she labeled us as groupies. We both loved public radio, tap dance, Lyle Lovett, Princess Diana, vintage, European stuff, and learning new things. I'm so sorry that her family and friends and the world has lost Kelly and I wish I had never lost her as a friend because she was one of the best friends I have ever had. She also lent me her wicker couch for a summer or a school year while she was in Spain. I drove her to the airport in Detroit for a funeral. I met her dad and brother when they picked her up at UM to bring her back for x-mas break and upcoming study abroad in Spain. I was so sad because I knew it would never be the same. I would graduate while Kelly was in Spain and we would never be in a dorm again together - someone to knock on the door and exchange wake up calls and share clothing. Kelly was the best and truly enriched my life.
December 5, 2013
Dear Feeney Family,

I just learned of Kelly's passing. I was a classmate of David's and knew her during my time at Roosevelt School. I remember her as a very kind person. My prayers are with you.
July 6, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Kelly's smile and her wry sense of humor from our time at the j school. I will keep her and her friendship, kindness and spirit in my heart.
July 2, 2013
Dear Feeney family -- I just learned about Kelly's passing in the Columbia Journalism School newsletter. She was in my Race & Ethnicity class in the spring of 2001, and I remember what a kind, funny and genuine person she was. Very sorry to hear about the news. Sending condolences.
--Christian Red/New York Daily News
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