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Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (Kelly)-Spies

August 11, 1937 - June 22, 2018
From: Milford, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (Kelly)-Spies

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (Kelly)-Spies

Born: August 11, 1937
Died: June 22, 2018
Age: 80

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Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Kelly-Spies passed peacefully this past Friday June 22, 2018 surrounded by her six children, husband and family. She was a devoted mother, wife, professional, and way above average cook and entertainer. Born on Aug 11, 1937 in Emmetsburg, IA to Harry & Mary Richter, she was the eldest and likely best looking of three well above average siblings. After graduating from Emmetsburg High School, she studied nursing and earned her LPN. On August 20, 1960, Betty married Dr. John Edward Kelly, a childhood friend she had known since grade school. Ed and Betty moved around the country as he completed his service to our country and medical education. In 1967 they settled in Spencer, IA and became completely invested in the community and life in the great lakes. They would go on to raise six well above average children of their own and positively affect the lives of countless other children growing up in the area. Sadly, Betty was widowed upon Ed’s premature death in 1993, but her engaging devoted spirit would not allow her to complacently move into anonymity. Instead, she re-committed to her children and community. She enrolled at the University of Iowa school of nursing and informed her children attending U of Iowa that want it or not, they were getting a new room-mate. Ever the student and in quest of experience, she earned her BSN degree at the age of 59. As anyone who was ever privileged enough to know her would attest, Betty’s spirit could not be checked. She continued to give of herself and became the loving grandmother to 17 almost infallible grandchildren. Her and her family were further blessed when another lifelong friend, Thomas Spies, became her second husband in 1997. Betty was the consummate host and loved to throw dinner parties and happy hours. She traveled the world with Tom and her children and was rarely in one place for long. On any given weekend you could find her at the gym, at a friends house, or on her bicycle. And by bicycle, We don’t mean casually joy riding the neighborhood. She rode in the RAGBRAI, daily sped 20 miles around Spirit Lake and could easily throw a big stinking kettle bell over a 6 foot fence at age 80. None ever had more passion for life, her friends, her family and her community. Betty passed away at her home in Milford On June 22, 2018 which was at least 18-25 years too soon by most estimation. She is survived by her second husband Thomas Spies, her sister Barbara Connors, her brother Bob Richter, her 6 significantly above average children, and a grand family of grandchildren, relatives, and friends that miss her so damn badly.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford, Iowa.
Father Tim Johnson
Eddie Breien - Andrew Breien
Charlie Breien - Michael Breien
James Heiman - John Kelly
Branden Kelly - Johnathan Kelly
Daniel Kelly

Shannon Heiman - Amy Heiman
Lucy Kelly - Kathryn Kelly
Ruby Kelly - Maggie Kelly
Mary Kelly 

Suzi Wilmot - Eddie Breien
Visitation will be held from 8:30 A.M until the service time at the church.

"Morning Has Broken"
"I Have Loved You"
"Prayer of St. Francis"
"Ave Maria"
"Sing To The Mountain"

CANTOR: Margaret Molitor

ORGANIST: Jennifer Johnson

Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
Burial will be held privately

In lieu of Flowers, memorials may be directed to the Abben Cancer Center or the Dickinson County Bike Trails.


Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:35 AM
“The Kelly Family, our most sincere condolences. We have so many memories at your house and with Ed and the family. We pray for peace and comfort for each of you. ”
- Todd and Jenny Laddusaw
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“So very sorry to learn of Betty’s death. The world will seem a little dimmer without her bright light. Sending prayers, hugs and love to all the Kellys”
- Gail and Jim Krambeck
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“To the Kelly family, I send my love and prayers for you all. Betty was a very special person to me and so many people. I will always cherish the memories at Okoboji and at the Kelly house in Spencer. ”
- Mark Bauermeister
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“So very sorry to learn of Betty’s death. The world will be a little dimmer without her bright light. Sending prayers, hugs and love to all the Kellys.
Gail and Jim Krambeck and Family”
- Gail and Jim Krambeck
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“We are so very sorry about Betty. Our thoughts are with Tom and all of the Kelly families. Hopefully all your wonderful memories will help you thru this.”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:02 PM
“We are sorry for the loss of your mother. Betty was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed and especially at our Sunday brunches. God bless and may her soul Rest In Peace.”
- Mary and Sheldon Olson
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 2:13 PM
“Dear Mike, Branden and Family - Betty will be missed so very much. She truly is of the most exceptional women I have ever had the joy of meeting. We send our love and prayers to you all and we are so pleased you have your big beautiful family surrounding you at the very very sad time. Our deepest condolences. ”
- Jennie, Shaun and Lowell Cromwell
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:44 PM
“"You needn't die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end . . ."

And that my friends is what I have always thought of your dear mom, friend, sister grandma, aunt ect
She was a beautiful soul and she lived her life to the fullest...... if we can only be 1/2 the woman she was we should be grateful !
She always made me smile and I always walked away from her feeling great..... she just had that way about her !
My deepest sympathies to this beautiful family ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:26 AM
“Dearest Kelly Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you! Your Mom was so awesome & will be greatly missed! I will always treasure my memories with her & great times with your family! Heaven has special angel! Hugs & kisses! Love y'all! XOXO
- Patty Reinhardt
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 3:17 PM
“To the family of Betty,
I am so very sorry for the loss of what sounds like one amazing and one of a kind woman. I can only guess her children possess even slightly as much spunk and charisma as she had. My heart is heavy for your loss and for the absence of her strength and character in your family, however I am overjoyed at the reunion with her family and Lord and Savior in heaven. Prayers to you all at this time,
Sara Groher”
- Sara Groher
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 3:17 PM
“I am very sad to hear of Betty's passing. She was the definition of spunk. Ed, Betty and all the Kelly kids meant so much to my parents, brother and sisters and me and we shared many wonderful memories in Spencer and Okoboji. Betty was one of my mom's best friends and she helped her thru some difficult times for which I am thankful. I trust a bridge game (with a few cocktails) has already started in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with Kate, Mike, Ed, Amy, Ann and Steven at this difficult time.”
- Mark Krzmarzick
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 1:51 PM
“Sending condolences to all of Betty's family. Betty stopped @ our house one day 2 years ago. It was a wonderful surprise to see her. She gave me a small photo of us taken on my sister's 4th birthday, circa 1942. Photo location was side yard of our house on Lake Street. The Richters lived directly behind us. Betty was a couple of years older than I, but was always friends with my sister & me. We had good times over many years. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. With our sincere sympathy and love Always, Judy & Dave Nixon”
- Julia Nixon
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10:56 AM
“We are so so sorry to hear of Betty's passing away. She was always the kindest, most upbeat, and thoughtful person to all of us. We have great family memories of all of You. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every One of You. Mike, Ethie, and the Fideler family”
- Pam Duitsman
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10:56 AM
“Betty was such an inspiration for any of us who knew her. I know how she will be missed, but hopefully happy memories of her will comfort each of you in the coming days. You are in my thouguts and prayers.
- Jeanne Sampson
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7:52 AM
“Thinking of the entire Kelly family in this most difficult time. Betty was a special lady to a very wonderful family. ”
- Joe Coleman
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 10:35 AM
“My sincere condolences to the entire Kelly family. Betty was one of the nicest fun loving people I have ever met. She had such a wonderful look on life and a beautiful heart & smile too. Love the photo. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”
- Jayne Kahle Petersen
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:38 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty's family. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.”
- Home Instead Senior Care
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:09 AM
“Ann, Amy and family- sending thoughts and prayers your way. Your mom was so full of life and we know she will be missed. Sincerest sympathy, Nancy & Bill”
- Bill and Nancy Liebermann
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