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“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...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Lois and Steve Lamansky - Ankeny

“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...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jim McCormick - Granger, IA

“Molly will be missed, but the stories she told will be remembered. Heaven truly gained an angel. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Lisle - Urbandale, IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jeremy Kelley - Yakima, WA

“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...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Jenny Love - Ames, IA

“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...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Daniel Ossian - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jennifer Henniges-Shaw - Altoona, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Marcia Gates-Roupe-Burbank - AZ


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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.