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Mary Ilene Kelly

April 26, 1933- July 02, 2021

  • Obituary

    Mary Ilene Kelly, age 88 of Romulus, Michigan, passed away on July 2, 2021. She was born on April 26, 1933, in Wyandotte, Michigan to Grable and Alberta (Brada) Gaus.

    Mary graduated from Romulus High School in 1950. Following her high school graduation, she then attended Michigan State Normal, where she graduated in 1953. She later went on to earn her master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1985.

    She began her career as an elementary school teacher during the 1953-1954 school year in the Romulus Community Schools, where she taught throughout the years until 1994. During her career, she also taught intermittently for a time in Florida.

    Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Merle Charles Kelly, beloved son Mark, sister Darlene Darnell, brother Jon Lee, & Jim Gaus. She was a loving mother to Michael (Kimberly) Kelly, Mark (Stacy) Kelly, Matthew (Sue) Kelly, and Martin Kelly, and a proud grandmother to four grandchildren, Michael, Alexis, Racheal, and Nicholas, and one great-grandchild, Anasthasia. She is also survived by her sisters Doris Ostrom and Carol Smith, and many nieces and nephews.

    Friends will be received on Thursday, July 8th from 1-9 pm, and a funeral service will be held on Friday, July 9th at 11 am at Crane Funeral Home, 36885 Goddard Rd., Romulus, MI 48174. Rev. Carolyn Jones will be officiating.

    Interment will take place in the Romulus Memorial Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at Community United Methodist Church, 11160 Olive St., Romulus, MI 48174.

    Online guests, please sign the guest book for the Kelly family on the website at


Thursday, July 08, 2021
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Crane Funeral Home

36885 Goddard Rd, Romulus, MI 48174

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Funeral Service

Friday, July 09, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Crane Funeral Home

36885 Goddard Rd, Romulus, MI 48174

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2 Replies to “Mary Ilene Kelly”

  1. I have many fond memories of both Merle & Mary…especially during the Little League baseball seasons. May both rest in peace and my condolences to the Kelly family.

  2. So sorry to hear of Mrs.Kelly passing She taught our three sons in school,What a nice kind person,rest in peace with the lord ,Bill & Jean Wadsworth Romulus,Mi

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