Nancy  Kelly


Nancy Kelly, 84, of Centerville, passed away on August 20, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Nancy was born on May 30, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri to John and Dorothy (Brodie) Bryan. She married Richard Kelly on July 25, 1954 and to this union, three children were born.
Nancy and Richard owned Kelly's Jewelry on the Centerville square for 35 years. She was also the executive assistant at the Chamber of Commerce for several years.
Nancy was artistically gifted and was an excellent pianist and singer. She was creative in knitting, counted cross-stitch, painting, jewelry-making, gardening, and her most recent passion was quilting. Nancy loved designing quilts and sharing them with family and friends. She was very active in the Material Girlz Quilt Guild and received many awards for her talented creations.
She also participated in Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, PEO, Wednesday Club, Appanoose Country Club, and several bridge clubs over the years.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard; daughter, Ricki (Lance) Shankster; son, Scott (Jackie) Kelly; grandchildren: Sierra (Collin) Long, Aaron Kelly, Alexandra Kelly and Grant Kelly and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Judy (Edward) Mitchell as well as numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David Kelly; brother, Jack Bryan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Robert and Ruby Kelly.
In lieu of a funeral, a gathering will be held at First United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall) to share memories and celebrate Nancy's life from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019. Private interment will take place at a later date at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Missouri. Memorials may be made to Furever Friends and online condolences may be shared at or
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Published on August 21, 2019
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Guy Earl and Julia Evoritt
Aug 23, 2019
We send our sympathy to the family
Old friends and neighbors,
Guy Earl and Julia
Jeanie Pontious
Aug 23, 2019
So sorry to hear about the loss of my friend, Nancy. Oh, the stories I could tell. We shared many laughs together as we worked on projects for the Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar. One cool morning in October, Nancy and I sat on her living room floor cutting out fabric for one of our many projects. We had only one to complete and ran out of fabric. Nancy sat back, laughed and said, "I have just the thing". She went into her bedroom and came back with a nightgown. She tossed it to me and told me to start cutting. I wasn't quite sure I should do that. She said to me, "Oh, don't worry. Richard will never miss it." Oh how I loved that lady. I am the proud owner of one of her cross stitch... projects. It has traveled with me to many different homes. I will never part with it.
My sincere sympathy to the Kelly Family. Nancy will be deeply missed. Take care and God Bless.
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Janie Kruzich
Aug 23, 2019
So sad to hear the death of Nancy. Always liked to run into her & hear a fast story..The last time I saw her was at Byranna ‘s getting her nails done & that has been several months ago.. She was always so upbeat!! Sympathy to the family, she will be so missed..
Marti Trotter Ficke
Aug 22, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Nancy's passing. My family and yours had a lot of fun during store hours and after. It was like we were family. Will miss her.
Vicky Ashby Sande
Aug 22, 2019
Richard and Nancy gave me my very first job at the jewelry store. I loved working for them and they taught me a lot. I enjoyed talking to Nancy and learning so much from her. Rest In Peace. Nancy
Julia Messersmith Taylor
Aug 22, 2019
Just wanted to send my condolences to the family. I always enjoyed visiting with your mom when I saw her in Centerville. My thoughts are with you and the family.
Randy & Suzy Hart
Aug 21, 2019
We will miss Nancy's noodkes at Christmas. She was easy to talk to & always had an interesting project she was working on. It was a privilege to know her.