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KELLY, Jennie 1846-1925


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/17/2015 at 12:35:32

Mrs. H. B. Kelly Pioneer Resident Passes Away

Wife Of Well-Known Resident Of Grundy County Called To Her Final Reward

Been Sick About 4 Weeks

Funeral Services Will Be Held from the Home Friday Afternoon At 2 O'clock

Mrs. H. B. Kelly passed away at her home in this city at about five o'clock Wednesday morning of this week, after an illness that had confined her to her bed for the past four weeks.

Mrs. Kelly was in her 79th year and her married life extended over sixty years. She had been a resident of Grundy county for fifty years and of Grundy Center thirty-two years.

Funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock on Friday afternoon, Jan. 9th, Rev. David Alexander, of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Earl W. Benbow, of the first Presbyterian church, officiating.

One of the blessings of her last days were the fact that she did not suffer pain and that she was able up to the day of her death to recognize and converse with the loved ones that were at her bedside. All of her children and grandchildren came to see her during her last illness and she recognized them all.

Obituary next week.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 January 1925, pg 1


Obituary of Mrs. H. B. Kelly

Jennie McComb was born in the town of Pleasant Springs, Dane county, Wis., August 20, 1846, and following a short illness she passed away at her home in Grundy Center, Iowa, Wednesday morning, Jan. 7th, 1925, aged 78 years, 4 months and 17 days.

She was united in marriage to Horace B. Kelly, Sept. 4th, 1864, upon his return from service in the civil war. Two years later with her husband she moved to Blue Earth, Minn., where they resided for seven years, and then came to Grundy county, in the spring of 1875, locating on a farm four miles north of Reinbeck. In the spring of 1894 the family moved to Grundy Center, and the home has been here since.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, uniting with the Grundy Center church by letter. She was also a member of the Relief Corps and as such has ever made known her patriotism, loyalty and devotion, and in this she had but few equals and no superiors. The Relief Corps honored her with its Presidency in 1913-14. She was patriotic instructor for eight years, and perhaps her best loved service along this line was the presentation of a great many silk flags on behalf of her patriotic corps. These flags may be seen in all the churches, schools and college in the county; also flags of the American Legion, Boys' and Girls' Scouts were presented by her.

Mrs. Kelly was a true type of woman, devoted to her home and family, her friends and her country, and she was ever ready to respond to the call of those in distress and her happiest moments were when she was doing something for the good of others, whether relative, neighbor or friend. She will be missed in the home and in the hearts of her friends and co-workers in the Relief Corps. Her's has been a mission well fulfilled, and now that her earthly cares are over, she sleeps in peace where troubles never come and sorrow is unknown.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband to whom she had been a faithful companion for more than sixty years, and the following children: Mrs. Ed. Starr, of Lake Park, Iowa; Mrs. John Clark, Mrs. Oscar Fritzel, of this city, Logan, of Dike, and Will and Gertie, at home. One son, Charles, preceded her in death in 1912. There are also thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Two sisters reside at Madison, Wis., five half-brothers and one half-sister reside in Minnesota.

Funeral services were held from the home on Friday afternoon, Jan. 9th, at 2 o'clock, Rev. D. Alexander, of the First Baptist church, officiating, assisted by Rev. Earl W. Benbow, of the First Presbyterian church of this city, and Rev. Geo. E. Shear, a former pastor of the Methodist church at Reinbeck.

The members of the Relief Corps of this city attended in a body and there were a large number of old friends and neighbors present from Reinbeck, and also Chas. Smith, from Marshalltown.

Interment was in the Grundy Center cemetery.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 January 1925, pg 7


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