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Marcie Jo Kelleher

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April 11, 1961 ~ August 26, 2014

Marcie Jo Kelleher (Age 53)
Of Vienna, Virginia passed peacefully in her home on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. Marcie was born on April 11, 1961 in Silver Spring, Maryland to Lila Glass of Bethesda, Maryland and Sherwin Glass of Rehoboth, Delaware. She married her husband Tom in 2002. She will also be missed by her sister, Leslie Kight of Columbia, Maryland, her Rottweiler Barney and a host of loving colleagues and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Melissa and her pets: Nico (Rottweiler), Winkie (Calico cat) and Daisy (Rottweiler).

Marcie was tall, intelligent, quick-witted, always smiling, kind and thoughtful. She infused joy into whatever professional or personal endeavor she involved herself with. She loved people and loved fun. Besides her love for Tom, she truly enjoyed her home, her Rottweiler dogs and golf. Her golf skills were sharp enough for her to win the 2009 Herndon Ladies Golf Club Championship. Herndon Ladies Golf Club member Ann Hoffer wrote:

"When she wasn't nursing or tending to her
beautiful home and yard, you could find Marcie on
the golf course. She was young, tall and fit ~ a
winning combination for golf. And she could hit
that ball a mile! Her play earned her many
trophies and awards. But even though she was a
good and competitive golfer, she was patient with
less skilled golfers and a valued mentor to her
playing companions. The Herndon Ladies Golf Club
was her principal golf association, where she
served as Tournaments Vice President for many
years, continuing even after she was no longer
able to play. Marcie was all about good golf and
good fun. Through intelligent and creative
tournaments, she energized the group with
imaginative formats, many involving special
effects, costumes, and props. She also took the
initiative to modernize the Club's processes by
creating (with her husband) a brilliant website
that mechanized the Club's scheduling and
communications processes. Marcie was passionate,
proactive, and persistent ~ she was also great fun
to be around! Her infectious laugh and amazing,
often whimsical, sense of humor endeared her to
every member of the Club (e.g., who can forget
when she got fed up with our lack of attention to
her announcements, so showed up the next week with
a bull horn?!!). She leaves a legacy of respect
and love; she will be long remembered for her play
and her contributions. May you rest in eternal
peace, dear Marcie ~ we'll look forward to
connecting one day on the great golf course
overhead."

Marcie's other passion in life was nursing and earned her Master's degree in Nursing Informatics. She was a 2014 Nursing Excellence GEM Award Finalist and a 26 year Nursing Veteran at the Washington Hospital Center, which became an extended family to her. She was noted for her positive attitude, advocacy for patients and willingness to speak up for what is right. Marcie's Nursing Supervisor Janet Thorne wrote:

"Marcie came to work at the Washington Hospital
Center in the early 90's and from day one she
became a role model for other employees. She is
described in multiple commendations by her peers
as, "exceptional, caring, clinically excellent and
a team player." While working on the Coronary
Care Unit, Marcie was often asked to precept and
mentor new staff because she was not only
clinically excellent but a great teacher as well.
She had a way of teaching a new nurse that made
sense and made an impression but never made the
person feel unsure. When she transitioned to the
Rapid Response Team, these characteristics are the
things that made her and the team a success. She
will be remembered for her confident, patient
focused approach and the way she passionately
advocated for the patient and the nursing staff.
To recognize her skills and abilities, Marcie was
nominated by the staff for MWHC Exceptional Nurse
of the Year award and by her supervisor for the
GEM Nursing Excellence Award for which she was a
regional finalist. Marcie is the Gold Standard.
She participated in research studies related to
Sepsis Screening, developed and standardized tools
for documentation and orientation for our team,
decorated the office for holidays, filled our
candy dish, redesigned the office, created our
productivity tool, chaired our self-scheduling
committee, helped our patient's get the care they
needed and touched our hearts. We miss her every
day and the hole she left will not be easily
filled."

Friends are invited to celebrate Marcie's life on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Unity of Fairfax at 6pm.

Memorial donations may be made in Marcie's memory to: Washington Hospital Center Foundation, 110 Irving Street, NW, East Building Suite 1001, Washington, D.C. 20010 Melanoma Research Fund

Service

Unity of Fairfax
2854 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124

September 13, 2014
6:00 PM

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  1. I am one of the less skilled golfers that Marice so patiently "put up with". When I think of Marcie, I think of a beautiful lady who never complained or made any of us feel sad that her cancer had progressed. Her positive attitude gave strength to all of us. I will miss her smiling face but will always remember it! Love, Karen Swanson

  2. I did not know Marcie until a couple years ago through the Herndon Ladies Golf League. She was such a lovely and distinguished lady who you would never have guessed was going through the fight of her life. She always had a smile and never complained that I saw. A great loss to our world, but a great gain to the next.

  3. Marcie was a good friend and a good neighbor and I will miss her greatly. Her spirit lives on with every life she touched and I am grateful that it lives in me, too. You did good Marcie and you fought the good fight. You did it just like you did everything in in life; with dignity and courage. You are an inspiration to me. God be with you, friend, and I will see you again. I love you. Carol

  4. Rest in peace my friend and may your soul resurrect into the kingdom of The Lord . There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. I will miss working with you.

  5. Marcie was intelligent and kind, always generous with her time and talent. She brought incredible creativity to the many games she devised, which made them challenging and fun for the rest of us. Marcie was an awesome golfer and an even more awesome person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  6. Marcie was a kind and gracious lady,she never complain about her challenge and always stayed hopeful what a wonderful golfer she was and a large part of the Herndon ladies golf club and I will miss her.

  7. I had the pleasure of working closely with Marcie when I was treasurer of the Herndon Ladies Golf Club. She always impressed me with her fairness and attention to detail when she did the weekly tournament awards and year-end winnings. Communicating with her and being in her presence always a good experience – a lovely person. I will miss her grace and courage. Janice Esser

  8. rest in peace mrs. marcie. as linda eusebio’s brother you came to our house many times for family gatherings.what a pleasure it was to meet and talk with such a fine and caring human being.you left the world a better place than you found it.

  9. Marcie was love, true in spirit, with a beautiful smile that welcomed you into her heart….and she wil remain in our hearts always.

  10. Marcie was so gentle and kind and fun to be with. We had the same passion for the wood stove in winter. Marcie I will make sure Tom has an abundant supply of firewood. I will miss you!

  11. Tom, you and your family and loved ones held a beautiful memorial service tonight. Thank you so very much, Ross and Carol

  12. Marcie was an amazing lady and will be surely missed by all the people who’s life she has touched. I will cherish the memories forever, my dear friend.

  13. Marcie and I golfed together in the HLGC for many years, but I don’t think I truly got to know her until she was diagnosed with melanoma. Even as she was fighting her own battle, she was kind and encouraging to me when I myself had to have breast cancer surgery. We emailed back and forth through those times and I became aware of what a very special person she truly was. Too young to have left us, she will always remain in my heart. I thank God for having known her and pray that she is now at peace.

  14. I didn’t know Marcie that well but she always was so good to me. She will be missed but not forgotten. Her smile will be with me forever.

  15. I cannot believe you are gone. You were such a positive person in my life. I never understood what went wrong, but my life was so much better as a result of crossing paths with you. I am so sorry your life was cut short. I have thought of you so many times as the years have passed, and I have been grateful for every moment I spent with you. Karl


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