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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

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Keely Larson

8 juillet , 198010 juin , 2019
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Keely Larson, of Springfield, Virginia passed away on Monday June 10, 2019.

A celebration of life for Keely will be held Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd, Springfield, Virginia 22151.

She is survived by her parents, George and Valarie Larson; brother, Evan (Ann) Larson; sister, Alice (Chris) Capasso; niece, Cora; and nephews, Luca, and Vincent.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.demainefunerals.com for the Larson family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life dimanche, 13 octobre , 2019

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Biographie

Keely Mae Larson,
July 8, 1980 - June 10, 2019

When the spark of life left Keely, she was just a month shy of her 39th birthday… and now she’ll forever be 39.

To those who knew her, she was always the smallest of the group–under five feet tall–seemingly the kid in the crowd, always the source of witty jokes and laughter, the one who lit up the room. It was as if her mission in life was to ensure that everyone around her was having a good time. She loved dogs, football, cooking, camping and the outdoors, the beach, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Keely was born with a heart defect, a serious medical issue that resulted in her being noticeably smaller than her twin sister Alice. She grew weaker with each passing day until finally she was able to undergo surgery to correct it. As she struggled to open her eyes in the bright light of the recovery room, it seemed that she was fighting for life. She was a feisty little baby and prevailed. She was just as feisty as a young woman.

Keely grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina and, later, Chantilly, Virginia when the family moved there in the mid-1980s. From the time she was just a kid, she was always interested in animals and often talked about becoming a veterinarian. After high school, she went on to major in biology at Virginia Tech. When she’d come home for the holidays, she always seemed fascinated by the most exotic parasites, the grizzlier the better. There was such glee in her voice as she would describe the most horrible worms and insects!

She pursued one of the more difficult majors, and when the hall at Tech had filled with a couple thousand graduating seniors, only six others stood with her to receive a biology degree. When he called for the Apollo mission to the moon, John F. Kennedy said, “We do these things because they are hard.” There was nothing easy about that biology degree, and Keely never let something like that deter her from pursuing it. She could be stubborn in that brilliant way.

She later devoted herself to a career in pharmaceutical research with Covance Labs, first in Vienna, Virginia and later in Greenfield, Indiana. Her desk in Greenfield looked out over a peaceful glade where there is a walking path. It was a view she loved, and so her colleagues there will place a park bench along that walkway with a plaque in her memory.

Keely is survived by her parents, George and Valarie Larson; brother, Evan (Ann) Larson; sister, Alice (Chris) Capasso; niece, Cora; and nephews, Luca, and Vincent.