Nita M. Kelley
1949 - 2020
Benson Funeral Home
1111 25th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN
Nita M. Kelley

Sartell, MN - Nita Marie Kelley, age 71, Sartell, MN, died December 18, 2020 at home after a 7 month battle with Multiple Myeloma.

A celebration of Nita's life will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Sunset Bay Resort, 26823 Co. Rd. 19, Merrifield, MN. A prayer service will be held at 11:00 AM. A private graveside service will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.

Nita was born February 16, 1949 in St. Cloud, Mn to Ronald and Bernice (Ulginer) Ness. She graduated from Technical High School in 1967. Nita was united in marriage to Wayne G. Kelley on October 23, 1981 in the home they built together in Sauk Rapids. Nita worked at optical labs prior to her changing careers. Nita loved to sew and has traveled the State of Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin selling her wears to many at numerous craft sales. Along with sewing, Nita also enjoyed roller skating, downhill skiing, trips on their Gold Wing motorcycle, archery, hunting, camping, boating and ice fishing. Her last 34 summers were spent at their lake place where she enjoyed spending time with family and many friends gathered around the fire pit or floating in her flamingo floatie enjoying a bloody beer.

Survivors include, the love of her life of 39 years, Wayne; children, Chris (Clorice) Clubb of Hugo, Shelly (Brian ) Vikemeier of Annandale, Tim (Andrea) Kelley of Dodge Center, Melissa Kelley of Lakeville and Melissa (Dwight) Raatz of Delano; grandchildren, Riley, Jacob, Kally, Emma, Madeline, Gabby, Alex, Dillon, Sabrina, Connor, Talia, Jackson, Katie and Christopher; five great grandchildren with one on the way; mother, Bernice Ness; sister, Donna Ness, and brother, John Ness; along with several in-laws and close friends

She was preceded in death by her father, brothers, Kenny, Dennis and David.

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Published by St. Cloud Times from Dec. 22, 2020 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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Incredible journey in this life! Accepting of what was. Thank you Nita for accepting me back into your life! Wayne you have always shown beautiful love for Nita. Heaven gained an angel to watch over us!
December 26, 2020
Wayne, we are so sorry for your loss. our times with you and Nita at shows, at dinner, and around fires (virtual and real) were some of our best times. Nita’s sewing and generosity were amazing. She is deeply missed.
Jan and Mark Herbert
December 23, 2020
Nita was one in a million! She will be sadly missed by all who knew her! We will always remember her beautiful smile and awesome personality! Our deepest condolences to Wayne and the family. From Jo Anne (Janet Ness’s sister) and Jerry STRAUBE.
Jo Anne & Jerry Straube
December 23, 2020
We have had the pleasure of knowing this incredible woman. Rest peacefully now and know that Wayne will be surrounded by all of your many friends! Our deepest sympathy to all of your family!
Denise & Butch
December 23, 2020
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