Obituary: Mary Ann Kelly


Mary Ann (Shannon) Kelly, 62, of Eldridge, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center, after a short battle with lung cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Long Grove. Burial was at St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. An additional visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass on Tuesday. Everyone was encouraged to wear something green in honor of Mary Ann’s favorite holiday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to East Area Special Olympics and the Long Grove Fire Department. Mary Ann helped give the gift of sight by donating her corneas. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport assisted the family.

Mary Ann was born Aug. 6, 1957, the daughter of Norbert and Phyllis (Sothmann) Shannon in Davenport. She was married to Donald “Jesse” Morris in 1975 and later to Delbert “DC” Kelly in 1988. She worked in commercial insurance for more than 30 years.

Mary Ann was always willing to help a neighbor in need. She was actively involved in volunteering for Special Olympics and she donated more than 14 gallons of blood to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. She enjoyed spending time with friends, including the Whine Club, and her greatest love was being able to look after her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Jesse Morris of Eldridge, Nicolas (Natalie) Kelly of Long Grove, and Nicole (Nikki Leibhan) Kelly of Milwaukee, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ambellina, Oliver and Rowan Kelly; siblings, Kathy (Harvey) Henningsen, Nancy (Jane Bergendahl) Shannon, Judy Shannon, John (Linda) Shannon, and Jim (Connie) Shannon; and sister-in-law, Deb Shannon. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dennis; and sister, Debra.


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