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Keeli Janelle Clark

September 5, 1979October 8, 2020

“How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?” —Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

After a protracted battle with breast cancer, Master Sergeant (United States Air Force–Retired) Keeli Janelle Clark, at the age of 41 passed away on October 8, 2020 in Alexandria, VA. Keeli was a proud loving mother of two children; son Devin Cabino (21), and daughter Summer Clark (15).

Keeli was born at Fort Sam Houston Army base in San Antonio, TX, on September 5, 1979 to mother June Medford, and father Reuben Coleman Jr. She was born into a military family (USAF) and graduated from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, VA (with honors) in 1997.

She joined the Air Force on April 8, 1998, and retired August 17, 2020, serving over 22 years in the service for her country. Duty stations include Langley Air Force Base (AFB), Virginia; Lackland AFB, TX; and her final duty station was at Headquarters Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She completed deployments in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Her favorite duty station was Lackland AFB, TX, because she was close to family. She was awarded many distinguished awards, such as the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. During her service, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Ashford University.

Her son, Devin, is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, studying Sports Marketing. Her daughter, Summer, is a Sophomore at Hayfield Secondary School and wants to pursue a career in Art. Both are resilient and strong and surrounded by a loving family to help them achieve all that Keeli dreamed they would.

Keeli was just in the process of retiring with the Air Force, when her breast cancer returned. She fought long and hard and didn’t give up, having faith in God knowing no matter what happened, she would be ok. She was surrounded by love, family, and her Air Force sisters and brothers.

Keeli loved the ocean, sitting on the beach, listening to the waves, and enjoying the sun on her face. She also loved God, helping others, mentoring, working with children, spending time with her friends, laughing, traveling, reading, painting, being pampered at the spa, dancing, music, and was an avid sports fan; she loved her Denver Broncos, Texas Longhorns, and UFC fighting. Some of her favorite things were butterflies, seahorses, Tiger lily flowers, and the color purple.

She was a strong, amazing mother, friend, and daughter. She was a patriot and loved her country. Her joys in her life were her kids, family, laughing until it hurt, and making memories.

Keeli’s family includes: (preceded in death) her grandfather Robert A. Clark; survived by her brothers Marc, Sean, Jordan and Cameron; niece Kya; grandmother Bernice Clark; stepmother Cynthia Coleman; Aunt Robin, Uncle Brian, and cousin Bryson; nephew Greyson (Marc); Aunt Janice, Uncle Bobby; numerous cousins, aunts, grandparents, and friends.

The family would love to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Fort Belvoir Oncology Clinic for their constant, attentive treatment, and the Demaine Funeral Home for helping with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Breast Cancer Research in honor of Keeli. (https://www.bcrf.org)

Flowers can be sent to: Demaine Funeral Home 5308 Backlick Rd Springfield, VA 2215

Services

23 October

Visitation

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22151

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
23 October

Celebration Of Life

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22151

Memories

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Gail Robinson

October 23, 2020

Keeli you was My Brother/ Cousin First Born..I remember meeting you as a child and years later seeing you as Adult..Every time I saw you All I could see was that Big Smile ..You brighten up a room.. I see you in your son..You left a Legacy for your children..Now you are Smiling in Heaven. God gifted you to us for a little while..And for that I am Thankful..Cuz I will see you on the other side. Thanks for always smiling..Love Cousin Gail and Aunt Pearl..

Charles Thompson

October 23, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the whole family and friends. Another beautiful soul has been called home, one of the greatest things in life is to finish God's mission. I don't know what Keeli's mission was but she finished it and The Father has called her home. No more pain, no more suffering, only life in peace in Heaven. My heart is torn because I have lost a "sister."
I remember when I first met Keeli at Langley and her "Elite Gate Guard" crew. I was pretty new but took a liking to them all. I remember when she PCS'd to San Antonio and she ended up being my evaluator for the cycle test. I had no clue she was going to be there. When I began the test we were talking and laughing and I spent over an hour just shooting the breeze and she told me I been finished 30 minutes ago. Lol. Over the years Keeli became very close to my heart and I will forever love and miss her. I'm glad her pain is gone I am so proud of the strength, courage, and motivation she showed. She encouraged me in numerous occasions and I will always remember her as one of my personal angels.

Rest in Heaven Keeli you deserve it.

Charles "T" Thompson

Steve Williams

October 23, 2020

When Keeli was a baby, just a year or two of age. I would rock her to sleep at Grandmas house. She is truly loved and will be missed.❤️😭

Vaniel Alexander

October 23, 2020

Deepest Sympathy and Prayers to the family. Reuben, Cynthia and all the family we are praying for you all.

Vaniel and Cathy Alexander

Anita Evans

October 23, 2020

Keeli from day one displayed a warm spirit. As we came to know each other and getting introduced to her AWESOME (family, friends and co-workers), I know without a doubt she is truly missed. I believe she is with the LORD who has taken all her pain away. As hard and difficult as this loss is, I pray we all can find comfort in knowing she IS in a better place. Remember her beautiful smile and calming demeanor. What a beautiful soul !!! Rest in peace Ms Keeli.

Miracle Taylor

October 23, 2020

My girl don't even know where to begin never thought I would be doing this so soon. We we first meet in boot camp we instantly connected and we made a pack Carin was the 3rd member and we had each other back no matter what. You name Kayla my daughter and I'm so lost without my bestfriend my sister. I will forever hold and cherish our memories love you and fly high. Rest easy and until we meet again Air-Force buddies for life. Love you sis your girl Miracle

Lisa Walton

October 22, 2020

Condolences to the family. You do have our sympathy.

With our Love,
Your Aunt and Uncle,
James and Lisa Walton

Michael Ness

October 22, 2020

We were stationed at Langley together. She was so vibrant and enthusiastic person who always put "service before self". Keeli will be missed by many in our military family. RIP - condolences to her family. May God continue to watch over your entire family. Signed, Michael Ness, MSgt, USAF [Retired]

Diane Reed

October 21, 2020

Rest In Peace & Fly High
While we didn’t talk much, except for every now and again we knew each other and the same people at Langley AFB.
Every time we did speak you always had a smile on your face. You were always positive.
This is so sad. I can’t imagine the loss your family is feeling. My condolences to your family and may God grant them strength.

D-REED Langley AFB January 2001- November 2006.

Carla Strom

October 21, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sorry for your loss Keeli was a beautiful person. She will be missed. Deepest condolences, Alonzo and Carla Strom

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