Rachel C. Kelly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rachel C. Kelly, of Fort Dodge, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge at the age of 85 years, four months, and 30 days. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge, with Rev. David Grindberg officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.

Rachel C. Kelly, the daughter of Sigurd and Clara (Rockney) Halvorson was born April 20, 1926 in Sunburg, Minn. She graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1944, then continued her education at Luther College where she received her teaching degree.

She was an educator in Glenwood, Minnesota where she met her husband of 63 years, Donald Kelly. They lived in Glenwood, Minn. where they were blessed with two daughters: Debby Kelly and Beth Kelly Beeghley. In 1968, Don and Rachel moved to Spencer, Ia. where she worked her way up to the head of the shipping department at Superior Manufacturing. It was also in Spencer where they were blessed with three grandchildren: Michael, Michelle and Stephanie. The journey continued to Fort Dodge where Rachel had a wonderful retirement enjoying her family, her grandchildren, great grandchild and traveling with the family. She also had a love for birds, especially cardinals.

Rachel is survived by her two daughters: Debby Kelly of Odessa, Texas, and Elizabeth Kelly Beeghley and her husband, Steve Beeghley of Fort Dodge; three grandchildren: Michael D. Meyer and his wife, Melissa and their son, Izaak, Michelle Beeghley Tjaden and her husband, Nick Tjaden of Chaska, Minn., and Stephanie Beeghley of Fort Dodge.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Bertha; her infant son, Michael Donald Kelly; her parents, Sigurd and Clara Halvorson; her brother, John Victor Halvorson; and her husband, Donald H. Kelly on Aug. 9, 2010.

Memorials may be left at the family's discretion.