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Kelly Edwards MacDonald, 46, gifted counselor who specialized in helping children

Kelly Edwards MacDonald
Kelly Edwards MacDonald

Kelly Edwards MacDonald passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, from complications of undiagnosed Diabetes. She was born on November 2, 1969, and lived her entire life in Virginia Beach.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie D. Edwards Jr.; and her mother, Linda G Edwards of Virginia Beach.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of over 23 years, Douglas A. MacDonald; her sister, Alisa E. Frenck, and her husband, Eric, and their children, Ellie and Ian; mother-in-law, Jane Lohrmann; father-in-law, Robert H. MacDonald, and his wife, Mary; sister-in-law, Barbara C. MacDonald, and her son, Townes.

Precocious since childhood, Kelly skipped her senior year of high school to start college at Randolph Macon Woman’s College two months before her 17th birthday. Kelly enjoyed reading and lounging in the sun by the pool while listening to Jimmy Buffet. Kelly was knowledgeable on a myriad of topics from psychology and rhetoric to cosmetics and fashion as well as Dr. Who and JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

She also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews, Ellie, Ian and Townes. Her favorite places to travel were the UK, France, Mexico and New Orleans. Her family, friends and coworkers often benefited greatly from her knowledge and advice.

Kelly found her purpose in her professional life as a nationally board certified counselor specializing in ADHD, Anxiety and Grief. She was especially gifted in helping children and teenagers. She was endlessly creative in her approach to reaching all of her clients.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or Seton Youth Shelters, Virginia Beach.

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