DeKALB – Betty Louise Kelley, 92, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehab Center, DeKalb.|
Born Oct. 6, 1920, in Sycamore, the daughter of Elmer and Freda (Sandberg) Peterson, Betty was raised on a farm south of Genoa, next to the Kishwaukee River.
She married Durward Shearer in 1939, and they had a son, Jerrold, and daughter, Carol "Sue." Betty married E. Merton Kelley in 1953, and they had a son, Mike.
Betty was a member of Grange, Silver Star, Women of the Moose and Home Extension, and enjoyed the activities at each group. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, antiquing, playing bingo, bird watching, flower gardening and studying her Bible.
She is survived by her children, Carol "Sue" (Dave) Ackert of Rockford and Mike (Jackie) Kelley of Sycamore; stepsons, Everett M. (Ila) Kelley of Rockford and Edwin M. (Pam) Kelley of DeKalb; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Dorothy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brother, Harold; and son, Jerrold.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Thomas Hughes of DeKalb Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home.
The family thanks Bethany Healthcare and DeKalb County Hospice for the loving care they provided for Betty.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Betty L. Kelley Memorial Fund for DeKalb County Hospice, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Aug. 22, 2013