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Kelsey Lippincott Remembered by Friends and Family

About 200 people attend memorial service at Shoreline Community College

Nearly 200 friends and family members of Kelsey Rose Lippincott, remembered the teen as a leader with attitude, who lifted people up when they were feeling down. 

Dozens of people shared their memories of the 17-year-old in a memorial service, Saturday morning at Shoreline Community College's theater.

A slideshow montage of photos played to music at the end of the service.

Lippincott died April 28 after falling onto the southbound lanes of I-5 from the express lane sign on the 145th St. overpass in Shoreline.

The State Patrol is still investigating the incident.

Lippincott attended several schools before landing at Einstein Middle School in Shoreline in 2007.

"She really established herself and found her place here," her stepmom Jamie Berglund said. "She considered Shoreline her home."

Chris Stensland, a teacher at Einstein, who had Lippincott as a student in eighth grade said Kelsey was, "a dominant personality, outspoken but not in a disrespectful way."

"She's just a natural born leader," Stensland said. "I think she touched a lot of people's lives because she was so outgoing."

Lippincott lived with the family of her friend Nikki Reed, among other friends.

"We used to call each other sisters," said Reed, who now attends Shoreline Community College. "She went to her first concert with me...She was very loved by her family."

Lippincott attended Shorewood for one semester of her freshman year. She got her GED from South Seattle Community College in 2011.

Her friends said she could be loud and obnoxious but many of them also said she had a way of helping people when they were struggling. 

"When I was around her, I had no reason to be sad and frown," said one young woman. 

"I think she knew such pain and hardship," Berglund said. "She would say: 'I have to cheer you up.'"

"She was always doing things to take care of me," said her father Kris Combs of Seattle. "I don't know how I'm going to check Facebook and e-mails. The thing I miss most is her attitude and her trying to tell me what to do."

Lippincott is also survived by her mother, Lisa Lippincott. 

Lippincott also leaves behind four siblings, sisters Carly and Sheralyn; brother Devin, and sister Ariel. 

Anne May 14, 2012 at 07:25 AM
' "When I was around her, I had no reason to be sad and frown," said one young woman.' That one sentence says so much about how it sounds like she lived & will be remembered.

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