Melinda Jean "Mindy" Kerry, 43, of Milner died Oct. 27, 2002, in Steamboat Springs of cancer, at the home of her sister, Judy Dettwiler.
Beloved daughter of Don and Carolyn Kerry of Waverly, Ohio, Mindy was born June 12, 1959, in Cleveland, Ohio.
A graduate of Chillicothe (Ohio) High School, she attended the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University, where she studied cello, on a music scholarship.
She graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in forestry in 1982.
Mindy loved horses and was a skilled horsewoman. She treasured her work as an equestrian for the outdoor drama "Tecumseh" in Chillicothe.
Mindy was in the Peace Corps in the Philippines for three years and was proficient in several Philippine dialects. Upon returning home, she earned a master's degree in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. She received certification as a Christian educator and served Presbyterian churches in Washington, N.C., Louisville, Ky., and in Corning, Elmira and Horseheads, N.Y.
A skilled cellist and certified Suzuki cello teacher, she played in many orchestras, including the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra for five years.
In Steamboat, she has been employed by City Market and True Value Hardware.
In addition to her love of music, Mindy was a nature and animal lover, a birder and active environmentalist. She especially enjoyed nature drives through the mountains with family and friends, watching for eagles and elk.
She is survived by her parents, Don and Carolyn Kerry; a sister, Judy Dettwiler and her husband, Richard; a brother, Douglas, and his wife, Cathy of Nederland; nieces Lindsay and Jessie Dettwiler and Megan Kerry; nephew Connor Kerry; aunt Jean Snyder Felt of Meredith, N.H.; uncle Dan Snyder of Findlay, Ohio; and many cousins and friends.
Mindy had a special interest in worldwide missions, and she has requested, in lieu of flowers, that contributions may be given in memory to one of the following projects: Heifer Project for water buffaloes or Alternative Gifts International for llamas, both of these to benefit poor families living in the Philippines and South America; the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra; or the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs in a fund for a special friend in need.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church. The service was conducted by the Rev. Larry Oman, with special music by her friends and cello students. Following cremation, a memorial stone designed by Mindy was placed in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.