Posted on Monday, 19th June 2017 | Seattle
ALICE KELLY (Age 105)
Alice (Oesch) Kelly, 105 years old (formerly from Merritt Island, FL), died on 06/17/2017 at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Kelly-Kearsley. The oldest child of William W. and Elva (Garber) Oesch, she was born on October 24, 1911 in Garden City, Cass County, Missouri. Her family moved to Bristol, Elkhart County, Indiana before her 3rd birthday, where she graduated from Bristol High School in 1929. She met her future husband, Charles Eugene Kelly, when they were students at Bluffton College (now University) in Bluffton, Ohio. They were married shortly before they graduated in 1933.
Alice taught in elementary schools in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Florida. After retirement, she continued working with elementary school students as a volunteer until she was in her 90’s.
Alice studied music at Bluffton and singing was one of her favorite past-times. She was a member of the Brevard Light-Opera and the Brevard Chorale. She traveled with the Chorale Society through Europe and the United Kingdom.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Herbert and Harold, husband Charles, sons Allen, Harold, and Charles and her daughters Mary and Kathleen. She is survived by her sister Rosemary, son, Michael, and daughters Linda (Ellen), Marilyn (Eric), and Carolyn (Al), 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service and burial will be in Lima, Ohio, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton University 1 University Drive
Bluffton, Ohio 45817-2104, https://www.givecampus.com/campaigns/42/donations/new?donation_type=general
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