Jacqueline "Jackie" Olive Kelly
17 May , 1940 – 22 June , 2019
Jackie Kelly (aka Nani) passed away peacefully Saturday June 22, 2019 at Riverview Health Centre after battling cancer for almost 2 years.
Jackie was born at the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton Alberta, however she resided in St. Lina, Alberta along with her parents and 5 siblings. She spent her school years from Grade 1 through Grade 11 in St. Lina with her mother as the classroom teacher for all 11 years. She moved to Edmonton in 1957 where she completed her Grade 12 at St. Joes High School.
Jackie had 3 children from a previous marriage, then met Bernie Kelly and they all moved to Winnipeg in 1972 to start a new life. Jackie held several positions during her working days, such as K-tel, Alcan, Society of General Accountants, and her favorite of all, Grand & Toy because of all the wonderful people she met. Jackie retired in 2005 and took on the role of everyone’s BEST FRIEND, and the best way to describe her with a song would be “Thank you for Being a Friend.”
Jackie & Bernie moved from their Beaverbrook home into a condo on Paget and realized they now have a new extended family, and it took no time for Jackie to get to know everyone and become close friends with them. After Bernie passed in 2010, Jackie purchased a Park Model and became a snowbird in Casa Grande Arizona, again making long term friendships with everyone she met.
She was a ray of sunshine, and lit up a room with her presence. She was never afraid to be the life of the party. Jackie, along with her sister even had the opportunity to sing on the radio back in the days to entertain the public. In 2014, Jackie met Floyd Cameron (aka Cam) and they became instant friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cam for standing by Jackie’s side during this heartbreaking illness.
Jackie is survived by her two daughters, Darlene Allen (Roger), Laurel Stefura; son Randy Kelly (Cathy); and extended family Ken (Marlene) McCullough; her partner Floyd Cameron; grandchildren Amanda McCullough (Ben), Stephanie Rikkelman (Matt), Chris Stefura (Kirsten), Daniel Stefura (Sarah), Nicholas Kelly (Blaire), all of who she absolutely adored. Her sister Lenore Brouwer (Mel); brothers Robert Mageau (Sandy) and Raymond Mageau (Debbie); and several cousins, nieces/nephews, along with close friends.
Jackie was predeceased by her husband Bernie Kelly; her parents Lionel & Doris Mageau; brother Laurier Mageau; sister Denise Chapman (Jack); nephews Jeff Brouwer, Dean Chapman and her biggest heartbreak was the passing of her eldest grandson Ian McCullough.
Special Thank you goes out to the wonderful staff at CancerCare Manitoba and Palliative Care at Riverview Health Center. The family would like to thank you for your kindness, respect and compassion. Jackie’s wish would be to please donate to these wonderful facilities to help others in lieu of flowers. Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Jackie’s life will take place on Friday July 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. John Brebeuf Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place in Winnipeg.
After the service there will be a luncheon in the church basement followed by for those who choose, you are welcome to join the family at the burial at Thomson “in the Park” Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg.
- Funeral Mass Friday, 12 July , 2019
Jacqueline "Jackie" Olive Kelly
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8 July 2019
Every spring when it was time to put in the garden Steve and I would say, remember the time you rototiled Jackie's garden on Beverbrook and we would both snicker because it was the size of a stamp, but
Steve got it done. Later when ever Jackie and I were together one of us would make a comment about" that garden." Had lots of memories over coffee.
Our condolences to the Kelly family. God Bless and keeping you
in our prayers. Love Bobby and Steve Franklin.
6 July 2019
Jackie sat one pew ahead of us at St. Jean de Brebeuf for more years than I can remember. Especially after my mom died, she acted as a grandmotherly substitute, always asking my kids how they were doing and bringing presents on special occasions. I know she was equally kind and generous to many others including her family, her church and the Blue Bombers. We shared a special bond, having the same birthday, May 17th. I shall miss my birthday buddy but pray she is in heaven, free from pain and enjoying her new wings. God Bless!
28 June 2019
Thinking of Jackie's family & friends in your time of loss with sincere condolences. Hoping memories of happier times bring you some peace.
Dave & Ann Hogan family
28 June 2019
My heart is breaking at Jackie’s death. So many wonderful memories with this special lady. At line dancing we had to separate ourselves because we laughed too much. We had so much fun at
Mesa Marketplace and who can ever forget all the Happy Hours!! RIP my friend.
27 June 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone whose life Jackie touched. Jackie was such an incredible person - I had the privilege to work with her at Grand & Toy for many years. She took me under her wing when I first started, teaching me the ways and making sure I understood not only the how but the why. She always wanted updates on my family, keeping them in her prayers when they were struggling and laughing with me whenever possible.
She was one of a kind, and the world is a better place because of her.