Obituary: Louise Morris Kelley

Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2006 2:15 p.m. MST

Louise Morris Kelley 1923 ~ 2006 Louise Morris Kelley graduated from this life January 10, 2006, in Orem, Utah, and took her beautiful smile and sense of humor back home to her Heavenly Father. She was born December 9, 1923, in Lewisville, Idaho, to Herbert James and Norma Harper Morris. She was raised in Rigby, Idaho, and worked alongside her brothers in performing the daily chores on the family farm. She graduated from Rigby High School with highest honors and attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. Following Pearl Harbor she moved to Salt Lake City and went to work at Fort Douglas Hospital as a medical secretary. It was at this time that she met and married Francis Clyma. They had two children: Francis (Frank) Morris and Delmar (Del) Kay. The marriage ended, and following her divorce she met John (Jack) Steele Kelley and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on September 6, 1950. They added three more children to their family: Lee Charles, James Y, and Susan Patricia. After Jack's graduation from BYU the family moved to West Covina, California, where she taught early-morning seminary and raised five children and a husband. The family lived in California for 12 years before returning to their Idaho roots and settling in Boise, Idaho, where she worked at Idaho Power Co. as a medical claims clerk. Mom was an accomplished pianist and writer of novels, short stories, and poetry. She helped create the Idaho State Poetry Society. She loved good music and literature and gave all of her children an appreciation for the arts. She was very generous with her time in reaching out and serving those around her and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings and was a devoted visiting teacher. She loved family history and temple work. In 1966 mom and dad took the three youngest children on an adventure to England for four months to tramp around the cemeteries of Sussex County looking for lost but not forgotten family members. She was very proud of the many and varied accomplishments and talents of her children and grandchildren and supported each of us in our interests and endeavors. She is survived by her two brothers Kay and Newel; her sons Del (Jodie), Pocatello, Idaho; Lee, New York City, New York; and James (Lorrie), Boise, Idaho; daughter Susan (Barry) Nay, Orem, Utah; daughter-in-law Chris Kelley, Sandy, Utah; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren with two more shortly to arrive. Waiting to welcome her into the next life were her parents, her beloved husband Jack, and oldest son Frank. Services will be held Monday, January 16, 2006, at the Idaho Falls LDS 31st ward building at 1165 Azalea Drive, Idaho Falls. A family gathering will be held at 10:00 a.m. with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Fielding Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements provided by SereniCare of Orem. The family would like to thank the caregivers from the Beehive Home, Berkshire Comfort Care, and A Plus Hospice in Orem, all of whom proved to be angels in disguise.

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