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Jackie Nolder, 56, known as Melody Merrymaker to many is seen in portrait Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at her home in Naples, Fla. Nolder has been entertaining professionally for the past 23 years as a professional clown. She bumped into the craft after being asked to do it for her church. After, she 'fell in love with it,' took classes and took it full time. It pulled her away from her Deputy Sheriff job with Collier County and following her passion. 'This is important because people need to laugh.' Nolder said. 'A merry heart does good, like medicine.'

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Corey Perrine/Staff Jackie Nolder, 56, known as Melody Merrymaker to many is seen in portrait Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at her home in Naples, Fla. Nolder has been entertaining professionally for the past 23 years as a professional clown. She bumped into the craft after being asked to do it for her church. After, she "fell in love with it," took classes and took it full time. It pulled her away from her Deputy Sheriff job with Collier County and following her passion. "This is important because people need to laugh." Nolder said. "A merry heart does good, like medicine."

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