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Kelsey Colleen Brian

Miss Kelsey Colleen Brian, daughter of Bill Brian and Leigh Brian of Durham, died unexpectedly on January 19, 2015.

Kelsey was born on October 29, 1992 and raised in Durham. She was educated at the Triangle Day School (a proud Lifer), Durham Academy, and was a Senior at the University of Miami. While at TDS and DA, Kelsey was involved in musical theatre, chorus and the acapella group. At Miami she was an English major with an interest in early childhood education. Growing up, she was very involved with the Girl Scouts. She was a certified scuba diver and was fascinated by marine ecology. She also enjoyed baking, was very supportive of progressive social causes and civil rights, and loved her dogs. Kelsey will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother Keegan Brian, a Junior at Virginia Tech, her grandparents Bill and Barbara Brian of Sarasotta FL, Alice Pohlmann of Durham and Edward Pohlmann of Saranac Lake NY, and her aunt, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Kelsey's life will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel in Durham. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the APS of Durham, 2117 E. Club Boulevard #101, Durham, NC 27704. Web site, select donate.

The Brian family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at:,

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