Beverly A. Kelley


Beverly A. Kelley, 87, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, June 27, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. 

She was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Ferryville, the daughter of Adolph and Bertha (Helgerson) Sime. She married Isaiah Kelley on July 19, 1943. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1983. She worked as a secretary for Bud Selig at Selig Ford in Milwaukee. After moving to Prairie she worked for the law firm of Peterson, Antoine and Peterson and later for Howe Printing. Bev was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the Women’s Civic Club. She volunteered at the Coulee Cap Office and for the “Friends of the Villa Louis.” Bev enjoyed being active in the Eagles Club Auxiliary Aerie 1502 where she played in the famed “Ding A Lings.” She was recently inducted into the Eagles Club Hall of Fame. 

She is survived by her sons, Larry (Priscilla) Kelley of Eastman, and Jeffrey (Marj Inman) Kelley of Milwaukee; her daughter Lona (Rocky Griffith) Schellenberger of Ladysmith; mother- and father-in-law Emmett and Jennie Kelley; sisters-in-law Lillian Sime, Connie Sime, Dorreen (Dale) Lenz; brother-in-law Dwight Boyer; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Kenneth and Tosten Sime; her sister Anna Marie Boyer and a granddaughter Missy. 

Bev generously arranged to have her body donated to medical science at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Anatomy.

A memorial service will be Monday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien with Rev. Joe Irvin officiating. Inurnment will be later in the Haney Ridge Cemetery in Boscobel. Friends may call on Sunday, July 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be an Eagles Auxiliary tribute at 6:30 p.m. and a Women’s Civic Club tribute at 7 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Prairie du Chien Hospice Program. 

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