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Kelli Lynn Karanovich (Hutchinson) Memorial Fund

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Our dear friend, Kelli Lynn, crossed over on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. We are all feeling a great loss. All proceeds from this memorial fund will be used to provide for her 2 beautiful children, Kyra (13) and Valor (11). Below is the obituary Kelli wrote for herself upon learning her cancer had become incurable. 

Kelli Lynn Karanovich (Hutchinson) is best known for the essays and poems she penned under the alias Kelli Lynn Grey. These focus on her mission to end the war on drugs, as well as on the beautiful and painful experience of being human. 

During the course of her 12-year marriage to artist/musician/entrepreneur Christopher Ryan Karanovich, Kelli co-founded a global-facing steel percussion musical instrument company, managed a small intentional community, and co-facilitated shamanic ceremonies. 

Throughout the duration of her adult life, Kelli worked within various facets of K - 12 education, marketing departments, and non-profit organizations--while volunteering with groups dedicated to protecting and defending civil and human rights. 

She was born to parents Susan Allen Hutchinson (Yarbrough) and Raymond Donald Hutchinson on October 12, 1982, in Athens, Georgia. She died on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from complications of cancer. 

Kelli spent much of her childhood and adult life in north Georgia and Atlanta. At the time of her death she was in hospice, and surrounded by close family and friends. 

Although once baptized, Kelli did not consider herself Christian. Spiritually, she believed that humans exist as part of a greater whole that is simultaneously more and less than what most people imagine it to be. 

She honored science as a way to uncover new mysteries, ask new questions and reveal new reasons to be in awe of our fleeting lives. Likewise, she honored the arts as a form of personal expression and global connection. 

Much of her writing and life reflect the three key tenets of her personal philosophy:

 There is no absolute right/good nor absolute wrong/evil. 
 Nonetheless, all actions have consequences--the weight of which is determined by context that is often unique to the timing, the circumstances, and the individuals involved. 
Generally speaking, compassion, boundaries, gratitude, and agnostic wonder go a long way. 

Finally, Kelli treasured being a mother. She’s survived by her daughter Kyra Lena and her son Valor--two remarkably unique, creative, insightful and loving individuals. 

A memorial event will be held in Rome, GA in April 2022. This will double as creative showcases and fundraisers for both Kelli’s family and some of the organizations/causes she valued the most: Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union, Trees Water People, AMP Rome, Drug Policy Alliance, Peachtree NORML, Living Well with Schizophrenia, Autism Self Advocacy Network, and Antiracism Daily. Additional information will be provided as the details fall in place. 

Pictured above: Kelli (38) and her children Kyra (13) and Valor (10) after the accident. 

Pictured below: Valor attempts to help Kelli walk. 



  • John Carlin
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Bonnie Cooksey
    • $10 
    • 2 yrs
  • Luiza Raposo
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Marc Schultz
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Taylor Link
    • $10 
    • 2 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Jessie Reed
Rome, GA
Kelli Lynn

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