Patricia "Patsy" Kelly

December 23, 1925February 3, 2013

Patricia “Patsy” Dowden Kelly, 87, passed away February 3 at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN. She grew up in Eminence, KY, the daughter of Dr. Albert and Alma Dowden. She married Alan Lawrence Kelly, Sr., of LaGrange, KY. After residing in Louisville for several years, the couple moved to New York City where Alan studied at the Art Students League and worked as a freelance magazine illustrator. Upon their return to Louisville, Alan established a successful freelance advertising art career, while Patsy worked as an editor for The National Horseman magazine. When her two sons were grown, Patsy completed her BA degree in Latin at Ursuline College in Louisville. She taught at Shawnee High School in Louisville where she was popular with students who frequently sought her out for academic and life advice. To better serve them, Patsy returned to school once again, earning an MA degree and much of the work required for a doctorate in psychology, continuing on at Shawnee as a guidance counselor. She and Alan continued to travel throughout the world after her retirement, visiting nearly 50 countries overall and almost all U.S. states. In 2005 Alan passed away, and Patsy moved to Nashville, TN, spending her last years in retirement communities near her granddaughter and four great-granddaughters. She was a longtime member of Beargrass Christian Church

Patsy will be remembered as an intelligent, well-liked, and dedicated teacher who had a passion for travel, music, the company of friends and relatives, and speaking her mind. She was fortunate to have had a life rich in learning and experience. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Kelly, Sr., and a son, James Dowden Kelly. She is survived by one son, Alan Kelly, Jr.; her daughter-in-law Carla Kelly; her grandchildren Bill and Beth Kelly; her granddaughter Rachel Snyder, who was always generous with time and help for her grandmother; her grandson-in-law Doug Snyder; her four great-granddaughters, Virginia, McKenna, Caroline, and Annie Snyder, whose company Patsy always greatly enjoyed; and her good friend Rev. John Lindsley.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2013 in the Chapel of Louisville Memorial Gardens East, 11601 Ballardsville Road. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Friday at Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013

Patricia "Patsy" Kelly

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Amy Conner

February 8, 2013

Mrs. Kelly lived her life well. She was smart, funny and outspoken. Her life was an amazing gift to her family, friends and everyone she encountered. I feel blessed to have known her.

Evelyn Vance

February 7, 2013

The last time I saw Pat was in the medical bldg. where we were both going to heart Drs. Thanks to the graqnddaughter who cared for her.
Bob and Evelyn Vance, Beargrass church

Mark, Susan, & Lilly Shipsey

February 7, 2013

We knew Mrs. Kelly only through the beautiful love we saw her family bestow on her. We celebrate her life and honor the sacrificial gift of service that the Snyder family so generously gave on her behalf. That depth and quality of devotion is a rare thing in these times. To the entire family we send our thoughts of comfort and goodness. May you be encouraged that people care and find much comfort in the coming days.

Tommy Brown

February 6, 2013

Ms. Kelly was a great loving and caring person. I enjoyed taking care of her for the past few months. She will be greatly missed by everyone here. my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.