Dolores C. (Higby) Kelley (1926 - 2017)

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INDEPENDENCE – Dolores C. Kelley, 90 years old, of Independence, Iowa, and formerly of Breckenridge, Mich., died on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. She was born on May 15, 1926, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and adopted by Henry Albert and Florence Edna (DeLong) Higby. She graduated from high school in Breckenridge with the Class of 1943, and then, worked in Midland, Mich. On March 27, 1946, she and Kenneth Richard Kelley were married on a farm near Merrill, Mich.
Mrs. Kelley was well known by her family and friends for her beautiful crocheted afghans, doilies, and dolls. She could often be found gardening, sewing, baking, canning, and camping. She was an active member of the Free Methodist Church in Wheeler, Mich. Mrs. Kelley volunteered in many roles throughout her life at church, with Veterans groups, and at the Senior Center. She continued her volunteer work at Lexington Estate in Independence.
Mrs. Kelley is survived by her husband of 71 years, Kenneth; two sons, Michael (Martina) Kelley of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Alva (Bonnie) Kelley of Ithaca, Mich.; a daughter, Cheryl (Mark) Penne of Independence; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenny Kelley; two daughters-in-law; and two grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date. A memorial fund has been established for First United Methodist Church in Independence, Cedar Valley Hospice, and the Independence Library Foundation. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be left at
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 5 to Apr. 12, 2017