Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

705 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC


Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Kelly

September 9, 1942June 27, 2020

Frances “Fran” E. Kelly, age 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Iredell Hospital in Statesville, NC. She was born September 9, 1942 in Derby, CT to Joseph and Frances Grillo. She was a graduate of Shelton High School. Her banking career began at Shelton Savings Bank where she loved what she did and was loved by all those she met along the way. She married Robert “Bob” Kelly on May 9, 1981 in Oxford, CT. During their 39 years of marriage, they enjoyed many things together, including vacationing with dear friends Jack & Carol Pokladowski and Ed & Carol White, as well as traveling to Hilton Head Island with her brother in law, Stevie Kelly and his partner, Cassie.

Affectionately known as “Ma”, Fran was also known as a beloved mother, wife, grandmother, great Nanny, cousin and “sissy,” but most importantly, she was known by all as a great friend. She loved cooking and hosting holiday parties. Fran was loved by many and will be sorely missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Fran is predeceased by her parents, Joseph Grillo and Frances (Williams) Blain; and her fur babies, Cooper and Marley, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her son, Albert Letsch Jr; her daughter, Jody Mitola and husband Gary; 3 grandchildren, Amanda, Dylan and Steven; 2 great grandchildren Annie and Kaz; her sister, Judy Thomas; her brother in law, Stevie Kelly and his partner Cassie; many cousins and close friends.

Family, friends and others whose lives Fran touched are invited to the Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC from 11am- 12pm on Thursday, July 9, 2020, to reminisce and share memories.

Online condolences may be left at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kelly family.


9 July

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home Chapel

Statesville, North Carolina


Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Kelly

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Al Letsch

July 8, 2020

My Mom will be missed deeply, We were very close and I loved her SOOOO MUCH, this is soo hard, I as well as my Sister Jody have this memory of when Mom, when she would get mad at us we called her “Two Bones”, because when she got mad at us the tip of her nose had two white marks showing in the tip! When we were younger we all loved to play “Boggle”, she was an Excellent cook, trust me I know I used to be 240lbs! Love you Mom!!! RIP!!!!

Lou Ann Dyson

July 8, 2020

🌹...All the staff at Legaci Salon send our condolences to Bob and family. We will truly miss seeing “Frannie’s” sweet smile. Heaven has a beautiful angel now and we know she is now pain free...”Fran, you may be out of our sight, but you will never be out of our hearts...we Love you honey❤️

Laura Bracci

July 8, 2020

So thankful to have been Frannie’s neighbor on Toas Street in Shelton, CT for many years. She was like a sister to me and my sister, Debra. We spent many late nights chatting together. She was definitely a soulmate. So sad this angel is no longer with us.
Love, Laura Bernabucci Bracci

Gerald Peacock

June 30, 2020

I've known the Kelly's for several years and had the pleasure of talking and sharing memories past and present with both Bob and Fran. My family and I want to express our deepest sympathy on the recent loss of our friend, Fran. I hope through Jesus Christ in his power that he will help Bob through this sad occasion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God bless you all.
The Peacock family