2006-06-29 / Obituaries

Laurie C. Ketcham, 51

Laurie Camden Ketcham, 51, of Jamestown died Sunday, June 18, 2006, of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at Heatherwood Nursing & Subacute Center in Newport. She was the beloved daughter of the late James B. and Ira D. Ketcham.

Born in New York City, she was a graduate of Lawrence Country Day School and Henley School, where she was named an Outstanding American High School Student. She was a graduate of Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.

A longtime resident of Manhattan, Laurie worked for Merrill Lynch and Bergdorf Goodman. She was the president and owner of Laurie C. Ketcham, a photographer's representative company until stricken with ALS.

She is survived by a brother, George Bonbright Ketcham of Newport, RI; two sisters, Susan Ketcham Coffin of Manchester By the Sea, Mass., and Brucie Ketcham Donahue of Northfield, Vt. In addition, she is survived by an uncle, William Tredwell Ketcham Jr. of New York and Lawrence, Long Island, N.Y.; brothers-in-law, Lloyd H. Coffin III and Thomas M. Donahue; sister in-law Mimi Ketcham; and nieces and nephews, Benjamin Bonbright Coffin, Sarah Camden Coffin, James Tredwell Donahue , and Catherine Bruce Donahue.

Ms. Ketcham fought a courageous battle and was determined to help others with this fatal disease. Gifts in her memory can be made to the ALS Association of Rhode Island, 1637 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 29, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI.

A memorial celebration of her life will take place on Long Island, N.Y., at a date yet to be determined.

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