Norma Jean (Rowe) Kelley passed away May 4, 2010, in Bozeman.
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She was born May 6, 1929, in Fort Benton, the only child of Harry and Ella (Allman) Rowe. When Norma was 3 years old, she moved with her parents to Indiana. She grew up surrounded by many cousins on her mother's side, who always called her Norma Jean.
After World War II, she moved with her parents back to Fort Benton where she graduated from high school in 1947.
She met Ted Kelley, who had returned home from service in the Navy. They were married in May 1948. They had two children, Sharon Lee and Michael William.
Norma was an active and creative person. She loved riding horses with friends and relatives, and became a very accomplished seamstress. While raising her family, she worked in the county assessor's office, then later as a telephone operator until the telephone company went completely dial. She later worked as an assistant to Fort Benton's long-time dentist, Dr. Welty.
Ted and Norma moved to Bozeman in 1970. She soon joined BWAGs and took up cross-country skiing, hiking and jogging. She spent several years using her creative talents making beautiful dried flower items for Sam and Debbie Van Dyken.
Norma loved Jesus Christ from early childhood. That love was constant throughout her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ella Rowe.
Norma is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ted; children, Shari (Robin) Lemon, Michael (Kaylene) Kelley; grandchildren, Jennifer, John, Chris (Lindsay), Rebecca Lemon, Ben, Gretchen Kelley; and great-grandchild, Korbyn Palek.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 10, at Grace Bible Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 6, 2010