Jerry L. Kelly

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Kelly, Jerry L.

Living life to the fullest, Jerry Leland Kelly went home to our Lord on March 11, 2017 at the age of 87.

Jerry leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Rita, daughters, Donna Kay and Diane, granddaughter, Amanda (Sebastian), and great grandchildren, Charles and Fatima.

Born in Lawrenceville, Illinois on August 2, 1929, Jerry was the eldest son of 7 brothers and "they each had an older sister," as he stated. He is survived by brothers: Tom (Sue), Leonard (Jeannette), Dean (Shirley), Donald, and Joe (Lynn) and numerous nieces/nephews.

Jerry and Rita owned and operated Kelly's Refinishing Shop Inc., a successful antique/furniture refinishing company for over 40 years. Always adventurous, Jerry loved to travel, taking long RV trips across the US/Canada. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed the outdoors, loved playing rummy, and eating breakfast at Millie's (Jefferson) each morning.

Jerry always started each day with a smile, with joy and enthusiasm. He was friend to all and will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank the staff at Millie's whom Jerry was very fond of.

Catholic mass will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at 11:00am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church with a graveside blessing following at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Mora, John Truden, Frank Creamer, Rick Sedillo, Dave Sedillo, and Art Sedillo.

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Daniels Family Funeral Services

7601 Wyoming Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109


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Prince of Peace Catholic Chr
12500 Carmel Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 19, 2017