Cara L. (Taylor) Kelly (1938 - 2015)

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Cara L. Kelly, 77, of Vandalia, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Vandalia.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Father Barry Harmon officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Mother of Dolors Catholic Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Memorials: Fayette County Health Department or FAYCO Enterprises, both of Vandalia. Online condolences and memories may be expressed at
Mrs. Kelly was born on March 26, 1938, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Squire ""Scott"" Jr. and Audrey Louise (Lamb) Taylor. She married James Patrick ""Pat"" Kelly on Oct. 19, 1963, at Scott Air Force Base.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Cara was a registered nurse, a first lieutenant serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-63 and former administrator of the Fayette County Health Department for 21 years, where she was instrumental in establishing Home Health Services. She was a member of: Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters; Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; bridge clubs; Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95; and FAYCO Board of Directors.
She is survived by her husband; son, Jon Kelly and his wife Lynn of Bartlett; daughters, Crystal Meyer and Scott of Livermore, Colo., Maria Hawkins and Russell of Wentzville, and Jenny Kelly and Dana of St. Peters, Mo.; sisters, Kitty Kelley and Jamie of Newnan, Ga., Colby Stephenson of Herriman, Utah, and Pamela Rogal of Boston, Mass.; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Cadace Evans.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, 2015