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Jean Kelly Willis passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 30, 2014, surrounded by family. Jean was born in N. Tarrytown, NY on October 5, 1926. She was the third child of Irish immigrants Richard James Kelly and Margaret Cecilia McGovern Kelly. Her love of fashion began in New York City, where she worked at Lord & Taylor at a young age. She married Melbourne Hugh "Meb" Willis in November 1952. Meb and Jean moved to El Paso in 1954, where they started El Paso Molding. She later continued her retail career at Jackie's Provincial Shop, Margie's Maternity Foundations, Glass Apparel and 14 years at Dillards at Sunland Park. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Meb and siblings Junior, Philip and Rona. She is survived by her children, Sharon (Jerald) Taylor and family, Shirley (Larry) Memmott and family, Peggy (Rob) Ruebusch and family, Kelly (Tim) Crenshaw, their children Shannon, Sean (Krista) and Sheridan, Jamie Gallagher (Michael) and daughters Ryan and Maggie and her precious schnauzer Heidi. Special thanks to Tim Crenshaw and Josefina who lovingly cared for our Nana. A private celebration of Jean's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Braden Aboud Foundation to honor Jean's love of children. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West.
Published in El Paso Times from May 4 to May 11, 2014
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