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Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Kelly


1922 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Kelly Obituary
Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Kelly 1922 - 2018
Springfield, IL—Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Kelly, 95, of Springfield, passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at St. John's Hospital.
Libby was born October 11, 1922, in Springfield, the daughter of Robert and Mary Leona Muscat Kessler.
Libby was a graduate of Lanphier High School and attended Brown's Business College. She worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 40 years, where she was the first woman to serve as a manager of the business office. Libby was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also active with the American Business Women's Association, YWCA, Phi Beta Psi Sorority, and served as a past president of the Women's Division of Association of Commerce and Industry.
Libby was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her son, Richard (Inna) Kelly of Springfield; daughter, Brigid (Michael) Thomas of Springfield; four grandchildren, Adrienne, Nadia, Payne, and Breck; three great-grandchildren, Gabrial, Christian, and Kennedy; and two sisters, Carol Nerone of Springfield and Jeanne Welch of Washington, IL.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield.
Funeral Mass: 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Rev. Jeff Grant celebrant. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148.
The family of Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Kelly is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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