Mildred Annette Margaret Kelley

12/24/1914 — 05/22/2002

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Slayton, Minnesota

Mildred Annette Margaret Kelley

Mildred was born on Christmas Eve in 1914 to Lars and Hulda Fihn in Slayton, Minnesota. She attended High School in St. James, Minnesota, graduating from nursing school in Moorehead, Minnesota in 1936. During the war years she worked as an RN in Emmett, Idaho; Miami, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia and Vancouver, Washington. She married Floyd Kelley on April 13, 1941, in Emmett, Idaho, retiring to become a full-time wife and mother after Floyd's return from World War II. Mildred and Floyd followed construction for several years, settling in Benton City in 1954 to raise their 3 daughters.

Mildred enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, sewing and weaving, and was an active member of The Highland Ladies' Club and St. John's Lutheran Church. Mildred and Floyd retired to Weiser, Idaho, in 1978, traveling and exploring new places to rock hound. Mildred took a great deal of pleasure from the rock jewelry Floyd crafted. After Floyd's death in 1985, Mildred returned to Benton City to be near family and friends.

Mildred will be remembered for her sense of humor and quick wit and will be missed deeply by each person whose life she touched. The family would like to thank the special wonderful angels at Hospice House - particularly her rock hounding buddy ''Dottie''.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Pat Gary Dan - Benton City; Barbara Foster Marvin – Kendrick, ID; Lori Imel Gary – Fox Island, WA; grandchildren: Kristine Conrads, Tina Gary-Moon, Zoe Wright, Daryl Foster, Debbie Imel and Mike Imel; 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruby Lornell – Strafford, VT.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Kelley; grandson, Allan Gary; 2 brothers, Luther Fihn and Carl Fihn and a sister, Hulda Fihn.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Benton City.

Visitation will be at Einan’s Funeral Home from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Donations may be made in Mildred’s memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church. P O Box 515, Benton City, WA 99320 or Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336.

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