Noreen M. (Smith) Kelly

Noreen M. (Smith) Kelly


Noreen M. Kelly, 78, of Columbia, Missouri, formerly Algona, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 16, in Columbia, Missouri after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Britt, Iowa with Rev. Henry P. Huber officiating.  Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Britt.

Visitation will be at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, in Britt on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue at St. Patrick’s Church at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning 

Noreen was born on March 29, 1932, in Goodell, Iowa, the daughter of G. Lawrence and Bridget (Nolan) Smith.  She graduated as valedictorian from Britt High School in 1950.  She married Joseph R. Kelly on June 19, 1951.

She was a devoted wife and mother and loving sister.  Noreen enjoyed reading, traveling, quilting, genealogy, and spending time with her family.  She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia, Missouri.

Noreen is survived by her five children: Kathryn Kelly and husband Frank Musica of Washington, D.C., Mary Shifley and husband Steve of Columbia, Missouri, Mike Kelly and wife Joan of Louisville, Kentucky, Pat Quist and husband Dave of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tom Kelly and wife Annemarie Reilly of Baltimore, Maryland; sisters: Barb Detrick and husband Bill of Dakota City, Iowa, Helen Sullivan and husband Mark of Orchard, Iowa, Berniece Seiler and husband Hank of Marshalltown, Iowa; brothers: Chuck Smith and wife Myrna of Perry, Iowa, Joe Smith and wife Nancy of Ames, Iowa, and Steve Smith and wife Chris of Urbandale, Iowa; grandchildren: Dan Shifley and wife Maigan, Megan Brown and husband Sterling, Katie Shifley, Anne Shifley, Kate Musica, Claire Musica, Anne Musica, Joe Kelly, Christine Kelly, Tommy Quist, Anna Kelly, and Katie Kelly; and great-grandchildren: Ava Shifley, Hannah Shifley, Devin Brown, and Quinton Brown.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Joe Kelly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD  21203-7090.


Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church – Britt
139 Third Street South East, Britt, Iowa 50423
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