Mary Louise Kelly

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  • "Grandma Kelly, you were such a kind, loving, warm, wise..."
    - Leila Pelch
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    - Andy Mirdik
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    - Dave DeMenno
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    - Kristina Kelly
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Kelly, Mary Louise (Mae)

Mary Louise (Mae) Kelly, 92, passed away peacefully in Albuquerque, NM on Friday, March 17, 2017. Mae was loved by all of her friends and family and will be dearly missed.

She was born in Portland, Oregon on August 1, 1924. She and her sister, Irene, were raised in a logging camp in Oregon. Her fondest childhood years were spent living on a berry farm in Oregon during the Depression with her Aunt Mary, helping with farm chores, running a small store, and living in the country. Mae and her sister put themselves through college and she graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Sociology. During WWII she worked as an electrician's assistant on aircraft carriers in the naval yards in Vancouver, WA where ships were being built.

After the war, she was working for the Singer sewing machine company in Missoula, MT when she met her husband of 60 years, Maurice (Jim) Kelly, of Butte, MT. They moved around the country during his career as a Special Agent in the FBI, living in Kansas City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Reno. In 1957, they finally settled in Albuquerque. Mae was an accomplished fisherwoman, gardener, seamstress, cook, and all- round "handywoman." She, Jim, and their five children spent many vacations in the outdoors in New Mexico, Montana, and all over the West, visiting National Parks, friends and relatives, always camping and fishing. After Jim's retirement, they travelled the world, often returning to Alaska and Hawaii.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband Jim; sister and brother-in-law Irene and Jack Bryant; sister-in-law Betty Foy; and brother-in-law Hal Keilman.

She is survived by her daughter Linda (husband Barry Evans); sons Jim (wife Mary Jo); Joe; John (wife Susan); Jerry (and Donna); and grandchildren Barry, Kelly, Kristina, Molly, Emma, Leila, Kyrstyn, and Kaytlyn; and Emily, James, Bear, Courtney, and Joshua. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Quinn (husband Dr. James Quinn); and Marge Keilman; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The family is most grateful for the loving care and companionship given by Janice, Susan Z., Stephanie, Josie, and Mae's neighbors over the past several years.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in early June with details to follow. She will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe next to her husband, Jim.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Central New Mexico Audubon Society Chapter, PO Box 30002 Albuquerque, NM 87190.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Mar. 19 to Mar. 26, 2017