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JULIE R. CARRIGAN, ARTIST AND POET

A Mass of Christian Burial for Julie R. Carrigan, a Clarence native and artist who most recently lived in Vermont, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Main Street and Harris Hill Road, Clarence.

Ms. Carrigan died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) at her home in Burlington, Vt. She was 29.

Born in Buffalo, Ms. Carrigan graduated from Clarence Central High School in 1989. She received her associate's degree in graphic design from Genesee Community College. Upon graduation, she worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines.

Ms. Carrigan spent a year traveling across the country before settling down in Burlington. In May, she graduated from Burlington College with a bachelor's degree in human services. Most recently, she worked as a livable-jobs coordinator for AmeriCorps Vista.

She was a poet and artist whose photographs have been exhibited throughout Burlington establishments, such as Muddy Waters and the Glass Harp. Her photography also was exhibited at a "Sisters" show in Reed Gallery, Chester, Vt.

Ms. Carrigan enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to recite her poetry. She was particularly interested in nature, animal rights and preserving the environment.

She is survived by her parents, Gerald and Nancy of Clarence; a sister, Valerie of West Halifax, Vt.; and her grandmother, Helen of Cheektowaga.

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