Monica Doherty, an attorney who worked in family law, ended her life July 1 in Largo, Fla. The Wyman Park resident was 40.

Born Monica Christine Doherty in Virginia Beach, Va., and raised in Dunedin, Fla., she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

After moving to Baltimore in 1999, she taught computer science at the Roland Park Middle School. She received a degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005. At her death she was practicing law in Towson and worked in family law.

She enjoyed travel and outdoor activities and completed the 2006 Baltimore Marathon.

Survivors include her husband of seven years, David B. Nelson, a Polytechnic Institute teacher; her father, Kevin Doherty of Dunedin; her mother, Mary Ann Popper of Clearwater, Fla.; three brothers, Patrick Doherty of New York City, Kevin Doherty and David Doherty, both of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Meghan Doherty of San Francisco and Ilicia Daley of Barnesville, Ga.; her grandmother, Mary Doherty of Largo; and two nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ, 530 W. University Parkway.

- Jacques Kelly

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