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Mary Rose Kelly

May 12, 1919 December 17, 2017
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Mary Rose (Morrissey) Kelly, age 98, of Peoria, formerly of Pontiac and Washington Illinois, and recently a resident at Sunset Apartments in Quincy Illinois, died December 17th 2017, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

Mary Rose was born on May 12th, 1919 in Pontiac, Illinois to the late Rose (McMahon) and Thomas Morrissey. Her step-father, Bart Ferguson also preceded her in death. She married John M. Kelly of Minonk, Illinois, April 19th, 1940. He preceded her in death on October 31st, 1981. A son, Thomas B. Kelly, preceded her in death, October 10th, 2008.

In 1965, Mary Rose became a member of the Saint Francis School of Nursing faculty and taught for 26 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing and a past board member of Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. She volunteered many hours to NAMI Tri- County as the organization got established in Peoria. In 1998 she received the Ruby Cealey Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Francis Alumni Association. She was a member of St. Francis Senior Saints.

Mary Rose was a Registered Professional Nurse, receiving her diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1940 and her BS and MA from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. She was employed by St. Francis Medical Center in the Labor and Delivering Department and also worked as a nurse for the American Red Cross.

Mary Rose was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Woman’s Guild, and the Good Samaritan Program. She served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at St. Francis Medical Center and St. Thomas.

Mary Rose is survived by one son, Don Kelly (Nancy) of Quincy, Illinois, two grandson’s John T. Kelly (Lindsey) of Quincy, Illinois, and Ryan P. Kelly (Lindsay) of Greenwood, Indiana, with four great grandchildren, Lauryn, Lila, Levi, Nolan and baby girl due in March, a sister, Isabel Longloy of San Antonio, Texas and many special nieces and nephews survive. She was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Morrissey of Santa Barbara, California and a sister Alice Cicia of Shelton, Connecticut.

A Funeral Mass will be held at noon Wednesday December 20th, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights Illinois, by Msgr. Jason Gray. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the time of Mass at the Church. Burial will be at 3:00 PM at Washington Glendale Cemetery in Washington, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis College of Nursing or St. Thomas Catholic Church of Peoria Heights Illinois.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

20

Dec

11:00 AM 12/20/2017 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/20/2017 12:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

20

Dec

12:00 PM 12/20/2017 12:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Graveside

Wednesday

20

Dec

3:00 PM 12/20/2017 3:00:00 PM
Washington Glendale Cemetery

115 W Jefferson St
Washington, IL 61571

Washington Glendale Cemetery
115 W Jefferson St Washington 61571 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Washington Glendale Cemetery Final Resting Place

115 W Jefferson St
Washington, IL 61571

115 W Jefferson St Washington 61571 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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