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Obituary: Kathrine L. Kelly

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Marie Kathrine Larsen Kelly passed away on September 18, 2001 after a great life of love and service.

She was born in Hyrum, Utah on June 9, 1917 to Ernest and Annie Larsen, the eighth of ten children. She was born when a son was needed in the family and so learned how to herd cows, hoe and thin beats, and work beside her father in the fields.

Kathrine loved music, and as a child, she took piano lessons, practicing in the cold parlor with gloves on her hands and taking breaks only to warm her hands by the kitchen stove. As an adult she learned to play the organ and her great love was playing the organ in church.

Kathrine graduated from South Cache high school and attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan. On December 23 during a dance at the Dansante, she met Joe P Kelly. Kathrine and Joe courted, became engaged on June 23, and were married in the Logan Temple on November 23, 1937. They are the parents of six daughters, grandparents of 34 grand children, and great-grandparents of 24 great-grandchildren.

Her life was dedicated to service and her family members were the greatest recipients. She lived many places and always reached out to people who became friends for life. Kathrine and Joe served as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Mississippi Jackson mission and as leadership missionaries at the Salt Lake VA Hospital and the Salt Lake Liberty Stake. Kathrine willingly performed many responsibilities of church service and many people were blessed by her love and care. She lived an extra ordinarily good life and will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe and grandson, Anthony Joe Christiansen, and is survived by her sister Ila Maughan and daughters, Patricia (Duane) Huff, Logan, Utah, Jolynn (Gene) Christiansen, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Ruth (Jan) Christensen, Gunnison, Ut., Kathrine Perry, Janet Kelly, both of Salt Lake City, and Christine Kelly, Provo.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 29, at the Mountain View Third Ward chapel, 1889 So. 1700 E., Salt Lake City, at 12 noon. Friends and family may call prior to the service from 10-11:30 at the church. Interment and services under the direction of Mountain View Memorial Estates, 3115 E 7800 So.