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  • "Nancy: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are now..."
    - Roni
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    - Geraldine Hein
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    - Carole Ford
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Ellen Ann Smith Linder, 65, of Kensington, MD, died in an auto accident on January 22, 2013. She was a principle of CFM Management Services, which benefitted from her unique skills in administration and human relations, accumulated in a long and vibrant career. Ellen loved everyone around her, and that affection was universally returned by all who knew her. In addition to the host of loving friends and professional acquaintances, she is survived by her devoted partner, Nancy Barlow Kehne of Kensington, MD; brother Wendell Alfred Smith, III, (wife Terri); nephew Wendell Alfred Smith, IV, and niece Melinara Fletcher, both of Las Vegas, NV.
Ellen was born in Chattanooga, TN, and she was predeceased by her mother, Dorotha Moraine Whaley Smith, father, Wendell Alfred Smith, Jr., and godmother, Georgiana Greeson. She graduated from North Whitfield high school in Dalton, GA, and began her career in property management in an entry level administrative position at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans, LA. Her career advanced through increasingly responsible positions in various locations until she was transferred to the Washington metropolitan area in 1980, where she found her permanent home with Nancy and their beloved dogs. In addition to their shared family ties, Ellen was deeply committed to the support of women's athletic endeavors and animal welfare issues. Ellen will be deeply missed personally and professionally.
Friends and loved ones will gather on Sunday, January 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nancy and Ellen's home to share memories of this warm and caring woman who touched them all with her smile.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 25, 2013