Kelly L. McLaughlin
December 7, 1984 - June 6, 2016
Kelly L. McLaughlin, age 31, of Queen Creek, AZ and formerly of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Monday, June 6, 2016.
Born in Wilmington, DE on December 7, 1984, Kelly was the daughter of Kevin J. McLaughlin and Lane R. (Van Caneghem) McLaughlin. She was a 2003 graduate of Newark High School, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in social work from West Chester University.
Kelly’s work as a licensed clinical social worker led her to accept a position with Upper Bay Counseling Services working as a school-based therapist at North East High School where she was instrumental in helping many students. She also saw patients at Christiana Counseling. Most recently, she was the owner of Creative Counseling Solutions.
Kelly was the founder of Worldwide Ripple, an organized network of like-minded people who believe in spreading acts of kindness. She was a talented artist who enjoyed drawing and painting and created beautiful hand-made jewelry. Kelly loved visiting the beach, adored her pets and was happiest in the company of her family and friends.
She is survived by her parents, Kevin J. McLaughlin (Amy Kovach) of Elkton, MD and Lane R. McLaughlin of Newark, DE; brother, Sean K. McLaughlin (Susie Chalker) of Seattle, WA; and maternal step grandmother, Gerri Van Caneghem of Elkton, MD.
A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, June 18, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation will be held from 11 am until 12:30 pm. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, please consider furthering Kelly’s vision of helping others with a contribution in her memory to Eagle Pathway, which works with foster youth. Kelly was a dedicated volunteer with this organization. Visit www.eaglepathway.com or make checks out to TAPAZ and write for Eagle Pathway in the Memo line, c/o TAPAZ, 2929 N. Central Ave., Suite 1550, Phoenix AZ 85012.