Jennifer R. Staley, 25, preschool teacher

July 15, 2002

Jennifer R. Staley, an Owings Mills preschool teacher and college student, was killed Friday night in an automobile accident in Gamber. She was 25 and lived in Essex.

Miss Staley, who had been a faculty member for three years at the Kiddy Academy in Owings Mills, was driving a Jeep Wrangler on Route 91 when a Toyota 4Runner crossed the centerline and hit the Wrangler head-on. Miss Staley had owned the Jeep for two days.

Miss Staley was taken to Carroll County General Hospital where she died.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Essex, Miss Staley was a 1995 graduate of Kenwood High School. A member of the school's marching band, she played the flute and piccolo.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary for Jennifer R. Staley published in yesterday's editions of The Sun incorrectly stated that Tutor Time, a day care center in Owings Mills, was closed. The school has not closed.

"Even though she graduated seven years ago, she stayed highly involved and was active with the band. She was preparing to attend its annual summer band camp," said her father, Jack Staley of Essex.

At the time of her death, Miss Staley was a second-year student at Community College of Baltimore County, where she was working toward an associate's degree in early childhood development.

Before going to work at the Kiddy Academy, she had been a teacher for several years at Tutor Time, a now-closed day care center in Owings Mills.

Miss Staley was an animal lover.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Connolly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Ave.

In addition to her father, Miss Staley is survived by her mother, Karlene Staley; a sister, Jessica Staley of Essex; paternal grandparents, Don and Sue Staley of Bridgeville, Pa.; a maternal grandmother, Celeste Adams of Dundalk; uncles, aunts and many cousins.

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