Grace Catherine Kellner died unexpectedly on October 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Grace was born
on June 26, 1992 in Russellville, Arkansas. She was a 2010 graduate of Russellville High School where
she graduated with highest honors and was the recipient of a Governor’s Scholarship. She attended the
University of Central Arkansas Honors Program and graduated in 2014 summa cum laude with dual
degrees in environmental studies and honor’s programs and with a minor in geography. In 2014 she
was named the UCA geography student of the year. Grace then attended the University of Denver and
graduated with her Master’s degree in 2016 in environmental geography. She worked for the Colorado
Department of Transportation following graduation and then was hired at Felsberg, Holt & Ullevig Inc.
where she was an intern in the geography division at the time of her death.
Grace was the beloved daughter of Chris and Noma Kellner of Russellville, Arkansas. She was named
after her great-grandmother, Catherine England, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by
an uncle, Banks Edward Wilkinson, and great-grandparents Stanley England, Noma Wilkinson, and Banks
Wilkinson as well as grandparents Lloyd and Pat Kellner from San Lorenzo, California. She is survived by
sisters Annalise Kellner and Elizabeth Destiny Kellner as well as Grandparents Henry and Mary Lou
Wilkinson of Russellville, Arkansas. She is survived by aunts and uncles that include Sarah and Joey Allen
of Bryant, Arkansas; David and Dawn Wilkinson of Louisville, Kentucky; Clint and Madeline Kellner of
Novato, California and Kathy and Mike Griffith of San Lorenzo, California. She is survived by cousins
Drew Allen, Tori Allen, Cameron Fagen, Laurel Kellner, Mark Kellner, Claire Griffith and Emily Griffith
Santos. Finally, she is survived by her adored companion – her cat Toulouse.
Grace was extremely enthusiastic about the environment, women’s rights, animal rights, gymnastics,
classical music, roller blading, hiking, and traveling. She was a gymnast at Tena’s Gymnastics and
competed from the age of 8 until 17 in USA Competitive Gymnastics. She played the flute in the
Russellville Band System and was an All-State flute player every year while in High School.
Grace will be missed so dearly by her parents and family members who are devastated by her death. In
lieu of flowers, the family would request donations to either the Norbert Schedler Honors Department
at UCA; the Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Summer Camp; or All Saints Episcopal Church in
Russellville, Arkansas. Burial arrangements are through Humphrey Funeral Home. A celebration of
Grace’s life will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, November 7 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Russellville,