Katherine J. “Katie” Kelly, 17, died suddenly Nov. 8, 2010, from injuries received in an automobile accident on Barnestown Road in Hope.

Born in Rockport March 1, 1993, she was a daughter of Gene R. Kelly and Susan D. Bragdon.

Until moving to Rockland four years ago, Katie lived in South Thomaston. She attended Gilford Butler Elementary School, Owls Head Central School, Rockland District Middle School and, at the time of her death, was a senior at Rockland District High School. She played girls’ basketball in middle school and girls’ softball in high school.

Because of her desire to help others, she was proud to earn a certified nurse’s assistant degree at Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland last year.

Katie expressed her artistic abilities by painting, drawing and doing crafts. She enjoyed ice skating, loved to eat, particularly poutine, and loved children, often babysitting for many families.

Katie’s dad said she was a “free spirit,” and that she loved to travel with her traveling buddy and cousin, Erika. She particularly enjoyed visiting Prince Edward Island, theme parks where she rode every wild ride, and family gatherings at the family camp in Jackman. She also loved music, including R&B and rap. Her song was “Airplanes,” by B.O.B.

Katie connected to and loved many people who will greatly miss her vivacious smile.

Katie was predeceased by an aunt, June Robbins; and her paternal grandfather, Austin R. Kelly.

She is survived by her father, Gene; a brother, MacKenzie Kelly; a sister, Casey Kelly; and her mother, Susan, all of Rockland; a half-brother, Josh Schatzer, and a half-sister, Jessica Schatzer, both of Michigan; her paternal grandmother, Patricia Kelly, of Rockport; her aunts and uncles, including John and Terrie Kelly, Jack and Erika Kelly, all of Lincolnville, Patrick and Catrina Kelly of Rockport, Jimmy Robbins of Camden and David and Pam Bragdon of Rockland; a nephew, Jackson Riley; and many cousins.

Visiting hours were Monday, Nov. 15 at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland. A service will be announced at later date.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Mid-Coast School of Technology, Attn: Katie Kelly Fund, 1 South Main St., Rockland, ME 04841.