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Michael James KELLEY

1937 - 2016
Michael James KELLEY Notice
KELLEY, Michael James Michael James Kelley, 78, of Rio Nido / Guerneville died Thursday, January 14, 2016 peacefully at his home. Michael was born January 31, 1937, in Chicago to the late Charles Franklin Kelley and the late Laura Ruth Pickard Kelley of Marshalltown, Iowa where Michael graduated from Marshalltown High School. He was the loving father of the late Sydney Jane Kelley. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his son, Winslow Kelley (Jessica) of Santa Rosa; his brother, William Kelley of Tifton, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews. Michael was an artist and his website for prints of his paintings is: www.michaelkelleymandalas.com or www.michaelmandalas.com. His college degrees were in painting and art. He was in the early Peace Corps and taught art in Malaya. He had a lifetime California Secondary Teaching Credential and substitute taught at various Sonoma County schools in the early 1990's. He worked in construction and designed and did most of the work on our wonderful hillside home overlooking the Russian River which was completed in 2002. A spring gathering to celebrate his life is being planned. Michael took great joy in cooking and feeding family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local food bank or to Peace Roots Alliance, PO Box 255, Petaluma, CA 94953.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2016
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