Jean Marie Kelly

September 04, 1929 ‒ November 30, 2018

Marion, Ohio

A saint on earth, Jean Marie Kelly, age 89, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.

On September 4, 1929, Jean was born in Marion, Ohio, the youngest of three children of the late Edwin G. “Bud” and Catherine E. (Able) Leffler.  She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1947.

Shortly following high school, Jean married her high school sweetheart, Donald E. Kelly, on September 3, 1950, just before he enlisted to serve in the U.S. Air Force.  Together they shared thirty seven years of wedded bliss, and lovingly raised three sons: Rick, Kirk, and Shawn.  He preceded her in death on December 12, 1987.

Jean started her working career as a teller for Fahey Bank in Marion, until she was needed at home to care for her husband and their growing family.  She was the backbone of her family, and everyone’s go to person when you needed something.  When she returned to work, she was a bookkeeper at Mid Ohio Electronics, and she retired as a receptionist at Marion Manor Nursing Home.

Very faithful, Jean was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon, an elder and was a member of the Circle of Martha.  She also loved playing cards, teaching her beloved grandchildren UNO, and was a member of a card club with her dearest friends.  She was an avid OSU Buckeye and Cincinnati Reds fan.

Having a heart of gold, Jean could often be found knitting and crocheting gifts for others, going until her hands gave out on her.  She loved making baby blankets for her great-grandchildren, and prayer blankets, afghans, baby hats and much more for anyone in need.

Jean was a “strong, patient, and dedicated woman”, who gave her all to her family, friends, faith, and her church.  She was such a special woman who had a way of making you feel like the most important person in the world, and her wisdom would make all your worries go away.  She had a great sense of humor and “the most amazing belly laugh,” that was contagious, always leaving everyone in stitches.

Left to cherish her memory are her three sons: John “Rick” (Sherry) Kelly of Bradenton, FL, Donald “Kirk” (David Pelzman) Kelly of Melbourne, FL, and Michael “Shawn” (Teresa) Kelly of Marion; three grandchildren: Danielle (Matt Forney) Kelly, Heather (Joseph) Filicko, and Ryan Kelly; four great-grandchildren: Robert “Robbie” Forney, Harper, Reese, and Quinn Filicko; two sisters-in-law: Pat Leffler of Marion, and Pat Leffler of Auburn, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Jean was preceded in death by two brothers: Richard and John Leffler.

A funeral is not just a day in a lifetime.  It’s a lifetime, in a day.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jean M. Kelly will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 10:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St. Marion, Ohio.

Immediately following the memorial service, we will have a luncheon and social hour for friends and family to reminisce and share stories of their time in Jean’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302, and include Jean’s name in the memo line for funds to be designated to matters close to her heart.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jean’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Dear Shawn, Teresa and family
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a special lady. I’m sure she is enjoying a wonderful reunion!
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Penny & Steve Allen

  • So happy to have known you Jean. Such a sweet, kind, and loving person . Your family and friends were blessed to be touched by you

  • So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was such a wonderful person and will be missed dearly. She was such a special friend to my mother. (I cherished her friendship too.) Since my mom’s passing she took me under her wing. She made sure I was doing ok and gave me special advice. She also kept me up to date on how all of her family was doing. She loved all of you so much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers! You’re right- “Jeannie” always made us feel like we were the most important people. When we returned to Marion and attended Firat Presbyterian, she always made a point to really visit with us and remembered things we had told her in previous visits. I’m sure our mother and all the other saints welcomed her with open arms!

  • Always enjoyed her beautiful smile and friendly ways as a neighbor on East Walnut Street. Thoughts and prayers are with the family in your loss

  • Shawn and Teresa so sorry to hear about the passing of Mom Kelly. She was a very kind and giving person. I rest assured that she will be having a beautiful Christmas with Don. I send my condolences and prayers to all of you and your family.

  • Rick, Shawn & Families – Very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I remember her (and your Dad!) well from when you were on Walnut. She was always so friendly and was one of those great parents who helped to make Marion such a special place for all us who grew up there in the 50’s and 60’s. My sincere condolences to all of you.

  • I remember your parents from the days at Lincoln Park when your dad coached Little League baseball with my dad. Years later I moved next door to your mom. What a wonderful neighbor and an even better person. Always upbeat and friendly, I loved our porch conversations. I firmly believe that even though our mothers are not with us physically, their presence and spirit live through us. I am sorry for your loss and glad that I was a small part of your mother’s life.

  • Jean was a dedicated member of TWIG III of Marion General Hospital, serving on the executive board and as a buyer for the Gift Shop. We thoroughly enjoyed having her in a leadership role and helping direct the mission the TWIG. Her smile and fun-loving personality combined with her caring nature made her a perfect match as a colleague and customer service volunteer of the group. When her health failed and she no longer was able to work regularly, she was missed! We send our deepest sympathy to the family and firmly believe that special memories that will sustain you in the days ahead. Prayers and blessings!

  • I remember your mom as one of the organizers of Pearl Street School “Church” Ladies. She was so faithful to come to Pearl Street School every Wednesday and tutor our students. She and her group loved our students and were so good to them. Margie and I visited with her just last month when she permitted us to park in her driveway during a Harding High School football game. She was always smiling and kind. We enjoyed our Pearl Street School times and our later visits. We are unable to attend her services , but we extend our sincere sympathy to the families and we want you to know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Fred and Margie Saull
    and the many students whose lives she touched.

  • I will forever cherish Jean in my heart. I have so many dear memories of her , her family and First Presbyterian Church. I will always remember her laugh, smile and love. She was such a happy person to be around. I send love, comfort and peace to the whole family. God bless, Ellen Schmidt mallery