COLUMBIA -- Katherine Kerr, 52, died March 5, 2008, following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. She was born June 27, 1955, in Columbia to the late George Lee Kerr and Marceline Dease Kerr. Ms. Kerr was a lifelong resident of Columbia. From age 12 through 14, she was under the instruction of Lynn Sims Modeling Studios and modeled for the Pappagallo Fashions at Heirs House in Columbia. Ms. Kerr graduated from Columbia High School and later attended the University of South Carolina, Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., and Essex Community College in Baltimore, Md. in pursuit of a career in service to the mentally disabled and autistic. She lived and worked briefly in the state of New York with the mentally disabled. At age 23, she returned to Columbia to work with her mother in Kerr Accounting. Due to health problems, she retired at the age of 38. Ms. Kerr was affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous since age 18. She, with the assistance and inspiration of others, helped found Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous, which is still in existence today.
Survivors include her brother, Joe "Joby" Kerr of Irmo; The Girls, Sally "Sal", Squeaky "Squee" and Little Man "Gus"; and her Jack Russell pups. Ms. Kerr is also survived by the family of the late Marceline Dease Kerr, the family of the late Thomas E. Kerr and the family of the late Mamie T. Luthren.
It is suggested that memorials be made to the Van De Grift Animal Clinic, 1812 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201.
The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, with Pastor Russell H. Anderson officiating. Committal will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Rock Hill, S.C., at 1:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Donnie Dawkins, Mark Ryan, Neil Finley, Danny Shumpert, George Luthren and Charles Luthren. Friends are invited to join her family at Shives Funeral Home from 5:30 until 7 p.m. today, March 7, 2008.