Fannie M. Kelley, age 90 of Elwood, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at I.U. Arnett Health Campus in Lafayette, surrounded by her family. She was born May 10, 1923 in Irvington, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Ida (Dowell) Adkisson. Fannie worked as the secretary for the First Presbyterian Church in Elwood for more than 25 years. She graduated from Linden High School in Linden, IN and later attended Librarian School. Fannie married Carl R. Kelley on April 4, 1948. At the age of 71, she received her Associates Degree from Indiana University at Kokomo. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elwood for many years and was a member of the Martha Circle. She was also a member of the Madison County Home Economics Club and was a frequent player of Bridge-A-Rama. Fannie served as a volunteer in the St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Gift Shop for many years. She enjoyed camping, knitting, reading, cooking, and was an avid watcher of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy game shows.
Fannie’s surviving family includes her son Kevin J. (wife Valerie) Kelley of Lafayette; 4 grandchildren, Kyle (wife Ashley) Kelley, Eric Kelley, Emily Kelley, and Alex Kelley; 4 great-grandchildren, Justin, Brooklyn, Camden and Emmett; and 1 nephew, James Clements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of more than 40 years, Carl R. Kelley who died December 26, 1988; a son, Mark R. Kelley who died November 21, 2013; and 2 sisters, Mildred Dimperio and Jeanette Clements.
Funeral services for Fannie and her son, Mark Kelley will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Elwood with Rev. Dr. Linda Philabaun officiating. The funeral service will begin with a St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Volunteer Memorial Service. Burial will follow in the Elwood City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the funeral service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made to the family at: www.copherfeslermay.com.