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OBITUARY

Nancy K. Kelly

April 5, 1938May 19, 2020
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Nancy Kay Kelly, 82, of Davenport IA passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 19th 2020. Private family services will be held on Friday May 22nd, 2020 at 10AM at The Runge Mortuary. She will be laid to rest next to her loving husband at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.RungeMortuary.com. Memorials may be made to the family to be used for the grandchildren’s education funds.

Nancy was born on April 5th, 1938 to Ray and Frieda (Scott) Gove in Grinnell, Iowa where she spent most of her upbringing. Growing up she was active in 4H and credited her upbringing on the farm with her strong work ethic. She moved “to the city” in 1956 to attend Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. She was a good student and excelled at theater and in her home economics courses.

She was employed in the Walcott School District when she met Gerald “Jerry” Kelly at a wedding. “That’s when life got interesting,” she would say, noting that Jerry “knew how to have a good time!” Nancy and Jerry married in April of 1966, and had six wonderful children who never got into any trouble. They are all exceedingly good looking! (if she wanted the truth, she would have written this herself).

Jerry and Nancy owned and operated Kelly’s Circle Tap on West Locust Street until 1988. Nancy kept the kids and house safe while Jerry ran the Circle. She went back to teaching when her youngest child was potty-trained, somewhere around the age of 14.

Nancy taught and substituted at Holy Family School. She retired from teaching after working for a number of years at Pleasant Valley High School. In 2012 she was proud to accept the St. Patrick’s Society’s “Irish Mother of the Year” award.

Nancy was most proud of her children, Leo (Stacey), Dan (Elizabeth), Kathleen (Tom Felts), Bob (Kasey), David (Randi) and Jerry (Amanda). She exceeded at raising nice people.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, 14 grandchildren (whom she could even name on occasion) Cassie, Jake, Paige, Cannon, Sully, Autumn, Trinity, Max, Sadie, Miles, Will, Henry, Kaden & Isla. She was looking forward to meeting her first great-grandchild later this summer.

Nancy was a nurturing and loving person who will be missed by everyone lucky enough to have met her. She lived the last few years at the Davenport Lutheran Home where she received excellent care and help from many, but had a special bond with her friend Amber.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Jerry, her parents and her older sister Donna Rae Gunzenhauser. She was so happy to spend her final days on hospice in her son Leo’s house, where she could be close to her kids and grandkids.

  • FAMILY

  • Ray Gove, Father (deceased)
  • Freida (Scott) Gove, Mother (deceased)
  • Gerald "Jerry" Kelly, Husband (deceased)
  • Donna Rae Gunzenhauser, Sister (deceased)
  • Also left to cherish her memory are children: Leo (Stacey), Dan (Elizabeth), Kathleen (Tom Felts), Bob (Kasey), David (Randi) and Jerry (Amanda); grandchildren: Cassie, Jake, Paige, Cannon, Sully, Autumn, Trinity, Max, Sadie, Miles, Will, Henry, Kaden & Isla; and special friend, Amber.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tom Felts, Pallbearer
  • Sean Rizzo, Pallbearer
  • Jake Kelly, Pallbearer
  • Cannon Kelly, Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • The Family (to be used for college fund for grandchildren)

Services

No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Memories

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chad graeve

May 23, 2020

To the Kelly Family,

What an incredible woman who raised a great family. Our memories of your parents are cherished. Their legacy lives on in the wonderful family they raised and the next generation now growing up. You have much to be grateful for, and I am thankful for all of you. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you. God bless you.

Theresa (Logan) Solbrig

May 22, 2020

So much love and so many prayers! Your Mama made life fun!

Mickie Phillips

May 21, 2020

Dear Leo, Katie, Bob, Dan, David & Jerry,

I'm so sorry to hear about Nancy. She was an amazing woman and will be dearly missed. I remember her warm smile. All of you are a credit to her life and she and Jerry are looking down with Irish eyes and smiling! A big hug to all of you!

Maggie Reeves

May 21, 2020

I didn't know whether your mom was wise or desperate when she hired me when I was only a 5th grader to babysit the Kelly kids, including Leo, who was only one year younger than myself. I adored holding baby Bobby (and only dropped him once, on the cement--sorry about that, Bobby!) and felt most challenged by Leo's and Danny's constant wrestling around in the living room. I think those two still need babysitting sometimes . . . ;)
I remember being in awe at the elaborate breakfasts she would make for her children EVERY morning: pancakes! eggs! bacon! How did she have the energy for that constant cooking? The constant mess? And she always seemed to be smiling, or laughing. Her positivity was infectious; and her warmth extended far beyond her own family to include neighbors like me, and I loved her for it. She may have "raised nice children" (as it says in the obit she did not write), but she also helped raise an entire neighborhood. Much love to all of you, Maggie

Lee & Florence Reedy

May 21, 2020

We send our deepest condolences to Nancy’s family on her passing away. We live across the hall from her at the Davenport Lutheran Home and I first met Nancy when I was going to Divita for dialysis. We enjoyed our short visits and she invited us to see her apartment , which we did on a Sunday morning. Now we live here and she has left us and we will miss her. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

JoanMarie Resnick

May 21, 2020

My sympathy to all of Nancy's children and grandchildren for their loss. What wonderful memories for you and for her friends who admired her humorous and loving ways. Our back-to-back yards yielded much banter about recipes and children. Friendship with her, Jerry, and their family has been a joy for all the Resnicks. May Nancy rest in the peace and joy of Jesus Christ. With love, Joan Marie

Ann Livorsi

May 21, 2020

I shared 4 great years at Marycrest College and then shared a home in Davenport with her and other friends. She taught me everything I know about cooking.

Julie Hammel

May 21, 2020

My sympathies to all the Kellys. Loved reading the witty obituary written by her witty children! I remember Nancy dancing around the backyard during some of Bob’s Bix parties loving her house full of people and fun. ( At least Bob said she liked a full house!) May the wonderful memories always warm your hearts.
With Sympathy-
Julie Hammel

Beth Zuber

May 20, 2020

Nancy was such a special lady! I met her at the Lutheran Home, where my mother also lived. I enjoyed her quick wit, joyful personality and every single story she had to share! I wish I’d have met her sooner! A true gem and I will miss her very much! My deepest condolences to her family! — and is like to add that Amber is indeed one very special gal!

Paul Resnick

May 20, 2020

Dear Leo, Kate, Dan, Bob, David, and Jerry Jr,
I'm sorry for the loss of your dear mother, and my lifetime neighborhood friend, Mrs. Kelly. She was always very sweet to me in the years I lived across the alley. She was a big part of the glue that kept our crazy neighborhood together. I remember our mothers always sharing each other's sorrows and joys. I remember how inclusive she was to me and all of the Resnicks. I loved that in later years she became Irish Mother of the Year (just like my mom!). I wish you all the solace in the world during this difficult time. May the wind be always at Nancy and Jerry's back, together forever, in heaven. Love, Paul Resnick

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Biography

Nancy was born Nancy Gove to parents Ray and Frieda Gove and raised in Grinnell, Iowa. Growing up she was active in 4H and credited her upbringing on the farm with her strong work ethic. She moved “to the city” in 1956 to attend Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. She was a good student and excelled in her home economics courses. She was employed in the Walcott School District when she met Gerald “Jerry” Kelly at a wedding. “That’s when life got interesting,” she would say, noting that Jerry “knew how to have a good time!” Nancy and Jerry married in April of 1966, and had six wonderful children who never got into any trouble. They are all exceedingly good looking (if she wanted the truth, she would have written this herself)! Jerry and Nancy owned and operated Kelly’s Circle Tap on West Locust Street until 1988. Nancy kept the kids and house safe while Jerry ran the Circle. She went back to teaching when her youngest child was potty-trained, somewhere around the age of 14. She taught at Holy Family School and substitute taught. She retired from teaching after working for a number of years at Pleasant Valley High School. Nancy was most proud of her children, Leo (Stacey), Dan (Elizabeth), Kathleen (Tom Felts), Bob (Kasey), David (Randi) and Jerry (Amanda). She exceeded at raising nice people. She loved all 14 of her grandchildren and could even name them all on occasion (Cassie, Jake, Paige, Cannon, Sully, Autumn, Trinity, Max, Sadie, Miles, Will, Henry, Kaden & Isla). In 2012 she was proud to accept the St. Patrick’s Society’s “Irish Mother of the Year” award. She was a nurturing and loving person who will be missed by everyone lucky enough to have met her. She lived the last few years at the Davenport Lutheran Home where she received excellent care and help from many, but had a special bond with her friend Amber. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Jerry, her parents and her older sister Donna Rae Gunzenhauser. She was so happy to spend her final days on hospice in her son Leo’s house, where she could be close to her kids and grandkids.

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