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Gayle R. Kem, 54, of St. Leonard died Oct. 20, 2012, at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

She was born May 23, 1958, in Waynesboro, Va., to the late Andrew and Anne Robertson.

She graduated from Concord High School in Wilmington, Del., in 1976 and from University of Baltimore in Baltimore after studying business administration and accounting. On May 24, 1985, she married Larry in Wilmington, Del. Their life together began with a move to California, Md., in September of 1985 and then to Huntingtown in 1992, and finally to St. Leonard later that year, where she was residing at the time of her death. She became a certified public accountant in 1991 and went on to work at Phelps & Rymer, P.A. in Prince Frederick. She held many positions in her career, including a tax manager at BDO Seidman in Washington, D.C., a tax manager at Grant Thornton in Vienna, Va., a position at Sturn, Wagner, Lombardo & Co. in Annapolis, a controller for Jack R. Lichtenstein, M.D., LLC in Annapolis, a tax consultant at Jefferson Wells International in Vienna, Va., and senior accountant at Comrent International, LLC, and Liaison Records in Washington, D.C. She had many important clients during these years, such as Sotheby’s, Force Protection, Capital One, Caliper Life Sciences and Chuck Brown, whom she helped with sales and shows in various cities.

She was a big animal lover and would take any friend’s dog for a walk when they would come to visit. In recent years, she enjoyed fishing, especially deep sea fishing for “the big ones.” She was a free spirit and someone who was grounded in love, compassion and kindness for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Larry W. Kem of St. Leonard; siblings, Jane Offill and her husband, David, of Charlotte, N.C., Andy Robertson and his wife, Angie, of Baltimore and John Robertson and his wife, Carol, of Freehold, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Jenny Offill and her husband, David Hirmes, Blake Robertson, Ranee Robertson, Danny Robertson and his wife, Rachele, and Michael Robertson; and great-niece, Theodora Hirmes.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-County Animal Shelter.

This obituary was reprinted to include updated service information.