Nancy K. Kelly
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Nancy K. Kelly April 5, 1938-May 19, 2020 DAVENPORT-Nancy was born Nancy Gove to parents Ray and Frieda Gove and raised in Grinnell, Iowa. Growing up she was active in 4H and credited her upbringing on the farm with her strong work ethic. She moved "to the city" in 1956 to attend Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. She was a good student and excelled in her home economics courses. She was employed in the Walcott School District when she met Gerald "Jerry" Kelly at a wedding. "That's when life got interesting," she would say, noting that Jerry "knew how to have a good time!" Nancy and Jerry married in April of 1966, and had six wonderful children who never got into any trouble. They are all exceedingly good looking (if she wanted the truth, she would have written this herself)! Jerry and Nancy owned and operated Kelly's Circle Tap on West Locust Street until 1988. Nancy kept the kids and house safe while Jerry ran the Circle. She went back to teaching when her youngest child was potty-trained, somewhere around the age of 14. She taught at Holy Family School and substitute taught. She retired from teaching after working for a number of years at Pleasant Valley High School. Nancy was most proud of her children, Leo (Stacey), Dan (Elizabeth), Kathleen (Tom Felts), Bob (Kasey), David (Randi) and Jerry (Amanda). She exceeded at raising nice people. She loved all 14 of her grandchildren and could even name them all on occasion (Cassie, Jake, Paige, Cannon, Sully, Autumn, Trinity, Max, Sadie, Miles, Will, Henry, Kaden & Isla). In 2012 she was proud to accept the St. Patrick's Society's "Irish Mother of the Year" award. She was a nurturing and loving person who will be missed by everyone lucky enough to have met her. She lived the last few years at the Davenport Lutheran Home where she received excellent care and help from many, but had a special bond with her friend Amber. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Jerry, her parents and her older sister Donna Rae Gunzenhauser. She was so happy to spend her final days on hospice in her son Leo's house, where she could be close to her kids and grandkids.

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Published in Quad-City Times on May 22, 2020.
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May 25, 2020
Aways friendly; alwayshelpful; always smiling.. I never saw Nancy hateful or angry. She was an exceptional Christian lady. My condolences and prayers for the family.
Sister Judith Carrara
Classmate
May 23, 2020
What an incredible lady. I know she will be missed by so many. Leo and family, so sorry for your loss.
teresa azure
Friend
May 22, 2020
What a gracious person and leader Of a family of who we all respect. Her legacy lives on thru them all.
Tony Metzger
Friend
May 22, 2020
I will always remember her wonderful smile. Such a wonderful lady. May God keep you all in his loving arms at this time. My deepest sympathy.
Terry Vogt
Friend
May 22, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear this! Nancy was a one-of-a-kind person. She was much loved by everyone. I loved being her neighbor all those years she was just as very special person. She will be missed.
Amy Baker
Friend
May 22, 2020
he was a wonderful fun loving person. So glad to know her when our girls were in school together..
I know she will be missed by her family and be joyfully welcomed in heaven by Jerry.
Judy Nellis
Friend
May 22, 2020

A fine lady and wonderful neighbor.
Her beautiful family is her legacy.
Our sincere condolences on your loss.
Steve & Sue Mangels
Friend
May 22, 2020
It is easy to see that she passed on her sense of humor to her family. Nancy was a wonderful person, and I so enjoyed knowing her in the FCS department activities and her participation in DARSPA (retired teachers) luncheon. May she Rest In Peace!! God Bless you all.
Sharon Simmonds
Friend
May 22, 2020
Leo, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. You published the nicest and funniest obituary I have ever read. I am sure your Mom is smiling down on all six of her children. Chris
Christine Pearson-Masterson
Friend
May 22, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Nancy. She was a wonderful person and a devoted mother.. We had so much fun together during our days as Holy Family School moms. We spent a lot of time together that I will always remember. She so loved you all.
Sandie Hintze
Friend
May 22, 2020
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