LaDUKE, KELLY ANN, 48
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Jacksonville - Kelly Ann (Zehr) LaDuke, age 48, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on June 7th, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was diagnosed in April of 2006. Kelly was born June 19, 1961 in Decatur, Indiana and spent her childhood growing up in Ocala, FL. She is preceded in death by her mother Patricia Ann Zehr. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Christopher E. LaDuke and two sons Matthew (25), of Boston, MA and Mark (22). Also, her father Jack & Edie Zehr of Rockwall, TX, her four siblings, Linda (Lance) Crouch of Indian Harbour Beach, FL & Philip Zehr of Rockwall, TX , Sandy Elliott of Melbourne, FL, Carrie ( Andy) Pickell of Houston, TX , and five nephews: Blake & Joseph Elliott, Patrick Zehr, Tanner Crouch, Thomas Pickell, and two nieces: Elizabeth and Julia Pickell. Upon graduating from the University of South Florida, Kelly began her career with the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville and became a successful freelance photojournalist. Kelly often portrayed her subjects in black and white, a feature which defined her distinctive work and classical style, separating her artistic touch behind the camera lens from artists. Her photos appeared in numerous daily newspapers and periodicals, from the New York Times to USA Today. Some of her more notable published works include a six-year old cancer survivor for the Ronald Mc Donald House, her own book All Stars; One Team, One Season and countless acclaimed portraits of sports stars and celebrities for the Boys & Girls Club of America. She was a creative musician, an accomplished book writer, and a stellar runner. Kelly competed in numerous national road races, including the first ever Susan G Komen Run for Cancer where she finished just seconds behind three Olympians. Kelly's positive energy and passion for life inspired everyone she met and will truly be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held on June 18th, 2010 at 5:00pm at Fort Caroline National Park, in Jacksonville, FL. In lieu of flowers, Kelly has requested that donations be made in her name to World Vision Organization, 1-888-511-6519 / Source Code # 105429359.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 13 to June 15, 2010