1924-2012

Ruth O. Kelly died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Lee Cox in Omaha, Neb., where she had resided for the past 10 years with their pets Pokey and Zelda.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt with the Rev. DeeAnn Klapp officiating. Burial will follow at St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Odebolt.  Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23,, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Odebolt Museum, Odebolt Community Center or Radio Talking Book Services at 7101 Newport Ave. #205, Omaha, Neb. 68152.

Ruth was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Odebolt to Shelby and Mabel (Lincoln) Bye.  She graduated from Odebolt High School and then attended Finley Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque.  

It was during her training that she met Robert Kelly at Clinton where he was recuperating from three years as a Japanese prisoner of war.  

The couple returned to his hometown of Le Mars.  They were married at St. James Church in La Mars on April 22, 1946, and made their home there for the next 12 years.  They also resided in Vail for three years, Fairbury, Neb., for seven years, and returned to Odebolt in 1973 when Bob’s health began to fail. Ruth resided in Odebolt until 1998 when she sold her home and moved to Carroll. As her vision began to fail, she eventually moved to Omaha.

While living in Odebolt, Ruth was curator of the Odebolt Museum for eight years, a member of the Women’s Relief Corps, active with the Nursing Home bazaar, and was an avid organizer and supporter of the Odebolt Creek Days.

Ruth loved to play cards, read, travel, tent camp, bird watch, and visit with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her children: Nancy (Thomas) Malloy of Carroll; Janice (Lee) Cox of Omaha; Mike Kelly of Mukilteo, Wash.; Tim (Mary) Kelly of Raymond, Neb.; Dennis Kelly of Pella; Diane (Dale) Pudenz of Columbus, Neb.; and Patty Klicker of Ogden; 26 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her siblings: Joann (Jim) Scott of Odebolt; Bill (Janet) Bye of Prescott, Ariz.; and Judy (Randy) Clark of Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Oct. 1, 1979; siblings and in-laws: Becky and Glen Mandernach; Paul Bye and spouses Helen and Florence; Mary and Don Prichard; Carol and Norman Wehner; and Helen in infancy.