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Glada M. Kelly, 77, of Mill Creek Road, Austinburg, Ohio, died Saturday morning at her residence after fighting a long battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 29, 1939, in Ashland, the daughter of William H. and Georgia E. (Howell) Craft and has lived in this area since 1962, coming from Ashland. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lacy and Bill Craft; and sisters, Betty Wallace, Josephine Layne, Johnelle Lakin and Sheila Craft in infancy.
Glada was married to Roy Kelly Jr. April 28, 1956, in Ashland.
Glada and Roy owned and operated Jewell's Dance Hall in Austinburg for many years. She attended the Jefferson United Methodist Church. She and Roy managed the Volkswagen Agency on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula in the early 60's and then had Kelly's Auto Service. She also worked for Gil Leiber Buick-Oldsmobile.
Glada sang with the Cross Country Band for 21 years. She enjoyed reading, traveling and going to the casino. Her greatest love after her family was music. Glada sang all of her life starting at the age of eight in the Jean Thomas Elizabethan Folk Song Festival. She sang with a trio as a teenager and enjoyed many years of singing country music both locally and regionally.
Survivors include her husband, Roy; four children, Mark B. Kelly of North Kingsville, Rick N. (Cheryl) Kelly of Plymouth Township, Joseph H. (Ally) Kelly of Nashville, Lisa M. (Robert) Ebersole of Roaming Shores and James R. Schroeder of Austinburg whom Glada and Roy treated the same as a son; eight grandchildren, Kristen (Tom) Bush, Lori (Nate) John, Ricky (Amanda) Kelly, Brian (Amanda) Kelly, Jason (Liz) Kelly, Erin Kelly, Jacob Westcott and Jaime Ebersole; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry G. (Ruth) Craft of Baker City, Ore.; and two sisters, Phyllis Thornbury and Sharon (Bill) Handley both of Flatwoods.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson Street in Jefferson with the Rev. Daniel Bilkert officiating. Burial will be in Eagleville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson Street in Jefferson, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jefferson United Methodist Church (above address) for the music ministry program.
Condolences may be left at fleming-billman.com.
Published on April 24, 2017
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