Doris D. Kelly, 77
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Feb. 20, 1935 - Jan. 26, 2013
Doris passed away at home, holding the hand of her best friend and loving husband of 52 years. She was surrounded by her family, comforting them as much as they comforted her.
Friends of the family are invited to an open house celebration of Doris's life, which will be held at her home on Saturday, February 2, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Doris was raised in Midway, PA, and was valedictorian of her high school class in 1953. From there she went to Slippery Rock State College where she met Jack. She starred in basketball and field hockey, majored in health and physical education, and graduated in 1957. Doris taught high school health and married Jack on August 6, 1960. In 1969 Doris and her family moved to St. Cloud where Jack taught at St. Cloud State University, and Doris was a realtor. More recently, Doris and Jack have enjoyed the "snow bird" lifestyle playing golf, walking, biking, and playing tennis in Jekyll Island, Georgia. At every stop Doris made lifelong friends, and always shared her laughter and generous spirit. She never tired of adventure or new challenges but her single greatest joy was watching her children and grandchildren grow. The family is heartbroken over their loss, but Doris built a family who finds deep comfort in each other.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Clemence Dawson,and her brothers, Walter Jr. and Robert. She is survived by her husband Jack Kelly; son, John (Linda) Kelly; daughter, Kathy (Dave) Heine; son, Bill (Mabella) Kelly and 11 grandchildren, Lauren, Natalie, Daria, Ryan, Jenna, Nick, Carly, Joseph, Rafael, Jack and Heather.
The Kelly family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to their dear friends who have loved and supported them through this past year.
A special thanks to Reeney and Margie of Heartland Hospice who comforted Doris and her family in the last hours of her life.
In honor of Doris's youngest granddaughter, Heather, memorials are preferred to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2025 E. River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 29, 2013