Bernadette “Bunny” Alice Kelly (nee DeMorrow) of Viburnum, Missouri was born January 30, 1939 to Lloyd and Cecelia DeMorrow and passed away Saturday, May 23 at the age of 81 years.
Bunny entered the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and served her country honorably for two years.
She married Andrew Kelly, on May 27, 1961. They resided in California for 17 years and then found their way to Missouri.
Bunny accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior on October 25, 1970. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Viburnum, Missouri.
Bunny and Andy were team drivers for Wayne Daniels Trucking Company for several years and Tracker Marine Boats of Lebanon, Missouri.
After retirement she enjoyed her life volunteering locally at Stonecrest Healthcare in Viburnum, Missouri and doing church activities. She and her husband had purchased a trike motorcycle and took vacations and traveled to Alaska. She had been a member of the CMA (Christian Motorcyclist Association) for over 18 years.
Bunny enjoyed working in her garden, sewing and making things for her grandchildren.
Bunny and Andy spent the last 29 years inseparable in their 59 years of marriage.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Cecelia DeMorrow; son, Brian Kelly; daughter, Catherine Umfress and son-in-law, James Umfress; grandson, Chad Umfress; and great grandson, Eric Kelly.
She is survived by her husband, Andy Kelly of Rolla, Missouri; one daughter, Christine (Chris) Renner of Cuba, Missouri; three sons, Tim Kelly, Pat (Tammy) Kelly, all of Viburnum, Missouri and Bob (Amy) Kelly of Leasburg, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Anthony (Racheal) Kelly of Viburnum, Missouri, Jon (Marcia) Kelly of Neosho, Missouri, Brittany (Matt) Duncan of Viburnum, Missouri, Cody Umfress of Barnhart, Missouri, Corey Umfress of Cuba, Missouri, Andrea Kelly and Bethany Kelly of Leasburg, Missouri, Drew Renner and Kyle Renner of Cuba, Missouri, Kevin Kelly and Allison Lee of Batesville, Arkansas; 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Theresa Keller of Statesville, North Carolina; one brother, David (Shirley) DeMorrow of Camden, Arkansas; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Terry King officiating with Pat Kelly reading the obituary and sharing memories. Special music of “In the Garden” was sung by all of the family and friends with Joe Weber on piano and “She Loved” was sung by Amy Kelly. Other music of “I Sure Miss You” was played.
Committal prayer and interment with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force and the Salem American Legion Post 99 were in the Viburnum Cemetery in Viburnum, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.
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