Jean Marie Kelly
September 04, 1929 ‒ November 30, 2018
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.