Hello, friends and family. This is KerryDawn Cox, and if you're reading this, it means I've embarked on my next grand adventure. As Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Throughout my 65 years, I wholeheartedly embraced that sentiment.\n\nI was born on June 28, 1957, in Casper, Wyoming, and lived a life full of excitement, curiosity, and resilience. I tried my hand at everything from ice skating and basketball to parachuting off my parents' house. My adventurous spirit led me to travel to almost every state and 13 countries. I made friends wherever I went, from Northglenn High School in Colorado to my time with my former husband, John Cox, in Texas and South America. John once called me "the ultimate travel partner," and I couldn't agree more.\n\nMy career as a government contract worker was both mysterious and thrilling, much like the murder mysteries and British dramas that I so loved. I'll never forget my time as a Top Secret government employee, even though I couldn't share details with my family. But my adventurous and courageous spirit wasn't limited to my work. I was generous with my time and love, making friends all around Reston and sharing my beautiful smile with everyone I met. My home and my cats were my sanctuary, and I cherished every moment spent with them.\n\nI am survived by my loving family: my father, Doyle; brother Colin and sister-in-law Terri; sister Kammy and brother-in-law Dave; nieces Michelle, Kali; nephews Luke, Vann, Trace, and Shey; and my ex-husband John. I am preceded in death by my beloved mother, Marilyn.\n\nAs I end this chapter of my life, I want to leave you with a quote from my favorite band, ELO: "Hold on tight to your dream." Thank you for being a part of my journey, and please remember to cherish the memories we shared. I invite you all to share your favorite moments and photos of our time together on my memorial page. Until we meet again, hold on tight to your dreams and keep smiling.