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Betty Joan Kelly

October 23, 1928 — February 27, 2016

Betty Joan Kelly passed away on February 27th, 2016 at the Partners in Care Hospice House in Bend Oregon at the age of 87

 Betty is survived by her three children and their spouses: Steve (Evon) Kelly; Larry (Starr) Bell; Guy (Sara) Berry; Two brothers: William and David Black; Fourteen grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her Parents Reuben and Juanita Black, her sister Ila Mae, and husband James Virgil Kelly, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 Betty was born on October 23, 1928 in Deseret, Utah to Reuben Lavon Black and Juanita (Palmer) Black she graduated from Corona High in Corona, California in 1946 and then on a visit home to Deseret, Utah she met her sweetheart James Virgil Kelly and they were married in Ely, Nevada on January 3rd 1948. Jim finished College at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. They then moved to Beverly Hills, California where Jim attended the L.A. Institute of Art, and she worked as a supervisor at Pac Tel. (Her all-time favorite job and place to live). Then they relocated to Delta Utah. And ran their business Kelly Service (and she tried to run the town) They were active in the riding club and She was president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #135. All three children were born here Steven Lane in 1951, Starr Elizabeth in 1953 and Saralee in 1958. They moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1969 where she worked as the book keeper for Rocky Mountain Produce for several years and held many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Relief Society president and served at the Las Vegas Temple. She lived in Las Vegas 40 years, until she moved to Oregon, Where she was close to her daughter Sara and family until her passing. Betty was an avid reader, loved nature, crossword puzzles, philosophical conversations, loved to write, serving others, and mostly loved her Family and (Dog Frankie).

Our family would like to thank all of the health care people from St Charles hospital to Bend Transitional and Partners in Care at the Hospice House for excellent care and loving treatment what a blessing to mom and us.

Services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Deseret-Oasis Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:45 AM.  Interment will be at the Oasis Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online Condolences can be offered at

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Service Schedule

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

9:30 - 10:45 am (Mountain time)

Fillmore City Cemetery

650 S 400 E, Fillmore, UT 84631

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Funeral Service

Saturday, March 5, 2016

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Interment following funeral service

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