Briana L. VanElls

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    - Abby Link-Muth
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Briana L. Van Ells, 33, of Sykesville, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at home.

Born March 17, 1980, in Westminster, she was the daughter of Michael and Cynthia Whalen Van Ells.

She suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was 16 as the result of a near-fatal car accident. Prior to her accident, she was a member of Liberty High School's marching band and was on the track team. After her recovery, she was able to complete high school and graduate from Liberty High School in 1999.

After graduation, she attended the day program at Humanim in Columbia for several years. She contributed to the Clayful Creations jewelry business while at Humanim. In 2010, she began attending the vocational program at Change Inc. in Westminster.

She enjoyed her friends, co-workers and the staff at Change. She also enjoyed attending the Respite Inn in Westminster. She was known to be friendly to everyone and for her sense of humor.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are sisters Leslie Kasab and husband Andrew, of Cary, N.C., and Shannon Van Ells, of Cambridge, Mass.; grandparents Albert and Hester Whalen, of Finksburg, and Nancy Van Ells, of Denton; a niece and a nephew; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg.

Services and internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Change Inc., 115 Stoner Ave., Westminster.

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Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home
6028 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 12, 2013
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