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Passed away January 13, 2013 at home in Herndon, Virginia, after a long battle with lung and brain cancer. She was born October 19, 1958 in San Diego, California to the late LCDR James Edward Lyons and Beverly Mabel Ricketts. Kelly graduated from Orange Park High School (1976), Florida and then obtained an AA Degree from Emory University (1978) and a BS degree from George Washington University (1986). Active in private investment all her life, Kelly was particularly focused on real estate and private equity markets.
Kelly is survived by her husband of over twenty-five years, Edward "Ned" E. Markson, Sr.; her son Theodore "Ted" Coleman Markson; siblings Michael F. Lyons and his children Justin and Melissa, Pamela A. Phillips and her husband Richard and their children Tina, Tonya, Ricky and Zack, and James E. Lyons, Jr. and his son James E. Lyons, III; and her uncle Coleman R. Lyons and his wife Ann and their children Mary-Pat, Coleman Jr., Mark, Chris and Tim.
Kelly will be laid to rest at graveside services on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11 a.m., Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Herndon, VA. Adams-Green Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Capital Caring Hopice.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2013