Luella M. Kelsey

            Luella Mae Kelsey, daughter of Bert and Lillian Grapp Fisher, was born July 1, 1911, near Plainfield in rural Bremer County, Iowa. She graduated from Nashua High School.

            Luella married Harry Cory who preceded her in death. She was then united in marriage with Leslie Kelsey in 1953. Les preceded her in death in 1963. She then married Leslie’s brother, Victor Kelsey in 1971. His death occurred in 1995.

            Luella worked at the Tripoli High School and Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli. In her early years, she cleaned homes for people in Waverly.

            A resident of the Tripoli Nursing Home for the past three years, Luella’s death occurred there on Tuesday morning, October 4, 2011. She was 100 years old and had been a longtime member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli.

            She is survived by three step daughters, Geri Salisbury of Sumner, Marlys (Jay) Patterson of Denver, and Tam (Floyd) Miller of Dumont; two step sons, Veryl Kelsey of Big Bear Lake, California and Ron (Teresa) Kelsey of New Carlisle, Ohio; eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; three sisters, Elaine Walters of Janesville, Charlotte Reasoner of Raymond, and Beulah (Howard) Rutledge of Britt; and several nieces and nephews.

            In addition to her husbands and parents, Luella was preceded in death by her brothers and sister-in-law, Wilber and Marian Fisher and Merland Fisher; her sisters and brother-in-law, Ruby and Claude Carpenter, Myrtle Kelsey, Mabel Rottink, and a sister, Dorothy, who died in infancy.

            Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2011, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Interment will be at Fremont Cemetery of rural Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m.until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Friday. 


Jeff & Peggy on October 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM said:

I was so sorry to hear about Luella. Seems like she lived a full life. And I am sure your family has many wonderful memories of her. At times like this the Bible comforts me so much. Jesus said in John 5:28&29 there would come a time when those in the memorial tombs would hear his voice and come out. This would also be at a time when Revelation 21:3&4 says there will be no more tears, pain or death. This would all happen when God's Kingdom comes, the same kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord's Prayer. What a wonderful prospect for Shirley and all those in the memorial tombs now. We express our deepest sympathy. We hope you find comfort in this time of loss.
Eileen Albrycht on October 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM said:

I was Victor's hospice nurse--Luella was full of fun-when I returned to Iowa to visit her-Luella who was in her eighties-chased me around the yard with a dead bird. What a nice lady whom I am glad to have known. Eileen Albrycht-Wethersfield, CT.
Peggy Smith on October 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM said:

To the family of Luella...I always told her she had to make to 100 and I was glad she did. She was such a lovely lady to know. She will be truly missed but she is at peace now..You are in my thoughts and prayers..GODBE WITH YOU...In sympathy,
Ronny and Wanda Heidemann on October 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM said:

To the Family of Luella: Our prayers are with you. Luella was an amazing woman and Child of God. She will be greatly missed. May you find comfort in these words; John 14:1-4
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Luella was a wonderful neighbor and we are blessed that she has touched our lives. Find comfort knowing that she is in God's mansion.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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