OBITUARY

Ellen Kelly Kissiah

October 28, 1928February 7, 2019
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Ellen Kelly Kissiah, 90, of Cary, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Mrs. Kissiah was born in Rockingham, NC. She was the youngest of three children born to the late Lauchlin Archibald Kelly and his wife, Eleanor Bruton Kelly. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kissiah, was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Richard Jackson Kissiah, Sr "Jack",, and two brothers, L.A. Kelly Jr., and Richard Kelly, and their wives, Evelyn Kelly and Kathryn Kelly.

She graduated from Rockingham High School in 1946. She then attended the School of Nursing at Charlotte's Presbyterian Hospital. She graduated and embarked on a career that she dearly loved and one that defined her life. She was a born nurse, always caring for her patients, family, neighbors and friends with love and compassion. In her quiet times, she enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking and catching up with her family and friends.

It was while in Charlotte that Ellen met her husband Jack. They married in 1957 and had two children.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Kelly Kissiah Pasley, her husband Robin Pasley and their sons, Jonathan and David and wife Kelsey; her son, Richard Jackson Kissiah, Jr., his wife Terri Kline Kissiah and their two sons, Jackson and Zachary, as well as a number of loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 pm at the Brown-Wynne Funeral home at 200 Southeast Maynard Rd. in Cary, NC 27511. Services will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Cary Presbyterian Church at 10 am. A reception will follow immediately at the church. For those that are able, a short graveside service will be held after the reception at Wake Memorial Park, 7002 Green Hope School Road, Cary NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cary Presbyterian Church, 614 Griffis St., Cary, NC 27511; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; or Transitions Lifecare, Cary.

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  • Mrs. Kissiah was born in Rockingham, NC. She was the youngest of three children born to the late Lauchlin Archibald Kelly and his wife, Eleanor Bruton Kelly. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kissiah, was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Richard Jackson Kissiah, Sr "Jack",, and two brothers, L.A. Kelly Jr., and Richard Kelly, and their wives, Evelyn Kelly and Kathryn Kelly. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Kelly Kissiah Pasley, her husband Robin Pasley and their sons, Jonathan and David and wife Kelsey; her son, Richard Jackson Kissiah, Jr., his wife Terri Kline Kissiah and their two sons, Jackson and Zachary, as well as a number of loving nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ellen Kelly Kissiah

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Debra Coggins

February 16, 2019

Ellen was a wonderful neighbor and sweet friend. I knew her through our neighborhood garden club and enjoyed her each time we visited. She was always asking and caring about others. More than once I would come home to find food or flowers by my door that Ellen had dropped by when she heard that my husband was in the hospital or there had been a death in the family. I extend my deepest sympathy and pray for comfort as your family walks through this grief. Ellen will be missed by her neighbors!

Kari Johnson

February 14, 2019

My sister Debbie and I cannot even begin to thank the Kissiah family enough for sharing Mama Ellen with us for, well, most of our lives. She was our mother’s best friend and guardian angel and a warm bright presence, always, in our lives. I remember a time or two when I was a teenager when she gently reminded me to be kind to my mom; I remember the time before I got married when she told me to wear white gloves; I remember the time during my first real job when she sent me a sturdy pin after I had a wardrobe malfunction on the job; I remember her kind words and calls after my mother died; and I still use the keychain she gave me forty years ago when I got my driver’s license. Thank you Kissiah family and thank you Mama Ellen. We will always love you. Words fail.

Debbie Coan Lamm

February 13, 2019

The Covington and Coan family who lived across the street from the Kellys in Rockingham loved Ellen dearly. She was a lovely person, a dedicated nurse, and a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was so dignified and with a sense of humor both gentle and infectious. She certainly has been one of the brightest lights in our lives.
Blessings to all the family from Debbie, Roger, and Margaret Ann

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Biography

Ellen Kelly Kissiah, 90, of Cary, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Mrs. Kissiah was born in Rockingham, NC. She was the youngest of three children born to the late Lauchlin Archibald Kelly and his wife, Eleanor Bruton Kelly. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kissiah, was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Richard Jackson Kissiah, Sr "Jack",, and two brothers, L.A. Kelly Jr., and Richard Kelly, and their wives, Evelyn Kelly and Kathryn Kelly.

She graduated from Rockingham High School in 1946. She then attended the School of Nursing at Charlotte's Presbyterian Hospital. She graduated and embarked on a career that she dearly loved and one that defined her life. She was a born nurse, always caring for her patients, family, neighbors and friends with love and compassion. In her quiet times, she enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking and catching up with her family and friends.

It was while in Charlotte that Ellen met her husband Jack. They married in 1957 and had two children.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Kelly Kissiah Pasley, her husband Robin Pasley and their sons, Jonathan and David and wife Kelsey; her son, Richard Jackson Kissiah, Jr., his wife Terri Kline Kissiah and their two sons, Jackson and Zachary, as well as a number of loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 pm at the Brown-Wynne Funeral home at 200 Southeast Maynard Rd. in Cary, NC 27511. Services will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Cary Presbyterian Church at 10 am. A reception will follow immediately at the church. For those that are able, a short graveside service will be held after the reception at Wake Memorial Park, 7002 Green Hope School Road, Cary NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cary Presbyterian Church, 614 Griffis St., Cary, NC 27511; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; or Transitions Lifecare, Cary.