Marilyn Kelley

  • Born: October 30, 1933
  • Died: December 31, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Roma Marilyn Kelley, 86, passed away on December 31, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines. She was born October 30, 1933 to Bernard and Roma (Blakely) Kelley. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 510 E. 1st Street, Ankeny, IA . Visitation will start two hours prior.

Marilyn grew up in Chariton, Iowa and attended high school there. She decided to devote herself to the Lord and entered the convent as Sister of Humility in 1952. She attended Ottumwa Heights Junior College for a few years before graduating from Mary Crest College in Ottumwa in 1961. Marilyn received a Masters of Education degree from Drake University and became a teacher at Sacred Heart in West Des Moines. She later became principal of St. Pius in Des Moines. In 1972, Marilyn left the convent and taught for Ankeny Public Schools fifth and sixth grade for 24 years.

Marilyn's true love in life was her Savior, and she was a devoted member of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, and directed the Regina Coeli Choir for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, especially knitting afghans for babies.

Left to cherish Marilyn's memory are many loving nieces and nephews. Preceding Marilyn in death are her parents and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in loving memory of Marilyn.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Marilyn was a 6th grade teacher when I joined the staff in 1977 at Terrace Elementary in Ankeny. She immediately took me under her wing in her motherly fashion. I so appreciated her genuine kindness and advice regarding my Art Club. Years later she bought our condominium and was thrilled to move to Ankeny. I am so sad to learn of her passing. I extend my sympathy to her nieces and nephews.

Posted by Lois and Steve Lamansky - Ankeny - Friend   January 03, 2020

As one goes through life, its not often that you can look back and remember one of your teachers who truly "inspired you to do better in your academic studies", but that's exactly what Sr. Marilyn Kelley did for me. I was not particularily fond of reading, writing, or giving speeches (when I was in grade school) , but she was my 8th grade teacher ( St. Pius X in 1967-68) and she 'changed all that.. She "pushed/encouraged" me read Steinbeck, Mark Twain and other American Authors. She also made us memorize and "recite" ( in front of the class) the Gettysburg Address. Anyway, She was one of the "Great Ones". R.I.P. Sr. Marilyn Kelley..

Posted by Jim McCormick - Granger, IA   January 03, 2020

Molly will be missed, but the stories she told will be remembered. Heaven truly gained an angel.

Posted by Judy Lisle - Urbandale, IA - Family   January 02, 2020

I have many fond memories of visiting Great Aunt Marilyn growing up. Any time we came to visit Family in Kansas City, we'd make a detour to also see her. She was one of the most thoughtful people you'd ever meet. I would always get a birthday card from her, no matter where I was in the world at the time, well into my late 30's!

We will miss you Aunt Marilyn


Posted by Jeremy Kelley - Yakima, WA - Family   January 02, 2020

While I never met Marilyn in person, I spoke to her on the phone a few times. As the office manager of Ankeny Funeral Home, I would hear from Marilyn about music selections when we would have memorial services at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. She was always very helpful. My condolences to Marilyn's family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jenny Love - Ames, IA - Acquaintance   January 02, 2020

Marilyn was a very loyal donor at the OLIH Blood Drives. I always enjoyed visiting with her in the canteen after her donation. She never missed a blood drive!

Her kind, generous and gentle spirit will be missed in so many ways!

Daniel Ossian
OLIH Blood Drive Coordinator

Posted by Daniel Ossian - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 02, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Kelley's passing. She was an amazing teacher that inspired my love for writing and reading. She was truly one of my favorite teachers.

Posted by Jennifer Henniges-Shaw - Altoona, IA - Student   January 01, 2020

My family and I will cherish our memories if this amazing lady. We loved her not just because she was family, but because of the sweet and dear soul she was.

Posted by Marcia Gates-Roupe-Burbank - Chandler, AZ - family   January 01, 2020