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Lois Kelly

Lois Kelly

September 14, 1931 December 1, 2019

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Obituary for Lois V. Kelly (Grafton)

LISBON – Lois V. Kelly, of Madison Township, passed away, December 1, 2019 following a lengthy illness. She was 88.

Born in Hammondville, PA, September 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Arthur R. and Kathryn J. Butler Grafton. She married Gerald M. “Jerry” Kelly on November 1, 1950. She lived in this area most of her life and was a longtime member of the Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church where she was the organist and pianist, choir director, bell chime director, and an Elder throughout the years,

In 1984 Lois and Gerald co-founded Yellow Creek Casting. She also had worked for Jarvis Excavating and Sterling China. She performed with Margie Smith in a clown ministry duo named Peaches and Cream and they travelled extensively in the area performing at churches and other family events. She created and played a crowd favorite character named Mrs. McTwitter and performed at Potter Players in a number of musicals.

Her love of music was enjoyed by many through performing in gospel groups, singing professionally in The Country and Westerners, and was often invited to provide special music along with Gerald on many cruises. She has passed this love of music to her children and grandchildren and it continues to grow and flourish in her great grandchildren as well.

She was preceded in death by her husband on December 16, 2014, and also by a sister, Jeanne Shore, two brothers, Raymond and Dwayne Grafton, one grandchild and six great grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are four daughters: Sandra Hughes, and her husband Emmett, of Porterdale, Georgia, Jeanne Parker, and her husband Tom, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Cheryl Pierce, and her husband Dave, of Lisbon, and Denise Rutan, and her husband Ricky, of Wellsville, along with two sons: Dan Kelly, and his wife Peggy, of Hemlock, New York, and Ron Kelly, and his wife Marilyn, of East Liverpool. She is survived by 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Alma Kelly of East Liverpool and Barb Kellerman of Blairsville, Pa. and many loving nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all her caregivers who showered her with their love and affection over the years.

Friends may visit on Sunday December 8 from 5pm to 8pm at the Dawson Funeral Home. Rev. Tyler Bayless will conduct the service Monday December 9 at 11am at the funeral home. Following the service, friends and family will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship. Burial will be at Yellow Creek Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Dawson Funeral Home
    215 West Fifth Street
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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    Sunday, December 8th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Dawson Funeral Home
    215 West Fifth Street
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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    Officiant
    Rev. Tyler Bayless
  • Interment

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Yellow Creek Cemetery
    17365 State Route 45
    Wellsville, Ohio
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    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
    10:00am
  • Reception

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 |
    Dawson Family Center
    220 West Fifth Street
    EAST LIVERPOOL, OH
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    Monday, December 9th, 2019
    immediately following the service

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With much love and prayers, Chris and Marsha (Park, Kelly MacLean, and others have sent flowers to the family of Lois V. Kelly (Grafton).
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With much love and prayers, Chris and Marsha (Park

We are deeply saddened by the loss of your mom. May our Lord bless and comfort your family and give you the peace that you seek.
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With much love and prayers, Chris and Marsha (Park purchased flowers for the family of Lois Kelly.
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Kelly MacLean

You are my sunshine my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey... I'll love you always, Grandma.
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Kelly MacLean purchased flowers for the family of Lois Kelly.
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Kathy Pingatore

Aunt Lois is now with all her loved ones who passed; what a glorious reunion they must have had! After a long life she is now basking in God's unconditional love! Thank you Jesus!
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Debbie Bright

Lois always showed the love of Christ. As I grew up in Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church, Lois always pointed me to Jesus through her many ministries and work for the Lord. Thank you Lois for your imprint on my life. Rest in the arms of your Saviour.
Debbie Bright
Winter Haven, FL
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Bonnie Hurst

So sorry to hear of your loss,prayers to you and your family Cheryl.
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