Katheryn Kelly ~ In Our Care

Katheryn Kelly

We gather to remember and celebrate the life of Katheryn “Kathy” Kelly, who passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, December 15, 2023. As we await the details of her memorial service, we reflect on Kathy’s vibrant and impactful life.

Born to Reaona “Rae” and the late Fernand “F.J.” Kelly, Kathy was a beacon of light and love from her earliest days. Affectionately known as Kaki or Kat to her family, she formed a deep and loving bond with her siblings, Marsha and Logan, and was a source of warmth and joy within her family circle.

In her professional life as an accountant, Kathy worked in various industries, including health, transportation, and commercial construction. Her colleagues admired her not only for her professional acumen but also for her extraordinary kindness and readiness to help.

Kathy was a fervent animal lover and had a special affinity for dogs. As a lifelong pet parent and an active member of the local kennel club, she shared an unbreakable bond with her beloved dog, Tubby, and her love extended to all animals she encountered.

Kathy’s love for travel took her on many adventures, including a memorable trip to the Oregon coast with her sister, Marsha. This journey was a nostalgic return to a state they once called home during their teenage years, filled with joyous reminiscences and new experiences.

Her life was a beautiful tapestry of love, kindness, and generosity. Kathy was always there for anyone in need, from helping a neighbor with errands to aiding her younger brother Logan with his homework. Her spirit of giving knew no bounds.

Kathy leaves behind a loving legacy, embraced by her mother, Reaona Kelly, her sister, Marsha Botts, her brother, Logan Kelly, and her adored dog, Tubby. She is also fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of friends. Through each of them, Kathy’s warmth, love, and spirited influence continue to shine.

As we honor Kathy, we invite her friends and family to share their memories and celebrate the remarkable life she led. Information about acknowledgments and opportunities for donations in her memory will be provided in due course.

Kathy’s passing leaves a void in our lives, but her legacy of love, kindness, and joyous spirit will continue to inspire those who knew her. She was not just a family member and a friend; she was a source of light and joy, and her memory will be treasured and celebrated by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Celebration of Life will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday December 23, 2023 at Woodbine Meadow Apartments 102 South Woodbine Road St. Joseph, Missouri 64506.  Inurnment will be at Old School Presbyterian Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial Contributions: Old School Presbyterian Cemetery.  Online condolences: 

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3 Responses to “Katheryn Kelly ~ In Our Care”

  1. Ercilia Mcnett December 22, 2023 at 3:03 am #

    Kathy was a light and a soul gone way too soon prayers and thoughts to her family I love you Kathy and I will miss you

  2. Rudy Lehman December 22, 2023 at 10:20 pm #

    Reaona McNett Kelly and Family-Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy in the loss of your daughter, Kathryn. It was so nice that Kathryn and Marsha brought you to the Morrill Alumni Banquet. It was nice that we could connect with you and your family.-Linda and Rudy

  3. Patti McVay December 23, 2023 at 9:01 pm #

    Kathy was a good friend! More than that we had a family with Becky, Tina, Barbara, Kathy and me. We would all meet and have dinner or snacks and then play cards. Oh how we would laugh and have so much fun.

    Kathy and I always talked dogs, horses and Oregon, where I live now. We had plans for Kathy to come and hang out with me and tour around. She is already missed beyond words.

    She decided that my dog, an Aussie, was Tubby’s girlfriend. They had fun and knew each other well. Tubby loved Kathy so much and there are some of us who will also miss cuddly Tuby!!!

    It was such a gift to spend time with Rae and Marsha too. Please know you are in our prayers and I send love and hugs.

    Honoring Kathy-her family and all her friends.
    May our memories and joys help heal our hearts. Please help us, Heavenly Father to turn to you in our sorrow. With love, Patti McVay and Kinsey. ♥️♥️♥️

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