Marjalee Elizabeth Kelly

September 09, 1931 - November 05, 2018

Marjalee Elizabeth Kelly, 87, redeemed her membership with the Family of God, on November 5, 2018 at the Edison Assisted Living Center in Grand Rapids.

In October 2015, she and her husband, Harold, retired to the Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, Grand Rapids, where they enjoyed senior living.

Marjalee was born September 9, 1931 in Gladwin County and was a graduate of Beaverton High School. She continued her educational accomplishments with bachelor degrees from Fort Wayne Bible College and Wheaton College, and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She was an instructor at Clare Public School and Farwell Public School, then spent the majority of her professional career in instruction and counseling at McBain Public Schools reflecting thirty-five years in educational settings.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, Marjalee served on Teenage Parenting Programs, was an advisory member of the Marion United Methodist Church Council, as well as pianist and organist. Her hobby of knitting provided many missionary school children with caps and mittens for many years.

Marjalee Dull and Harold Kelly were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church in Clare, Michigan, on June 16, 1956. To this union were born three children, Dr. Kymberlee (Gary) Moline of Belmont, Michigan, Keith (Julie) Kelly of Traverse City, and Kurt (Ann) Kelly of Beaverton, Michigan.

Also surviving are husband, Harold; seven grandchildren: Marc Moline of Grand Rapids, Christopher Moline of Washington DC, Sarah Lickiss of Grand Rapids, Sam Reese of Escanaba, Sophie Kelly of Ann Arbor, Preston Kelly of Ann Arbor, and Keaton Kelly of Colorado Springs, and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Marjalee’s brother, Ronald (Elizabeth) Dull of Winston-Salem South Carolina.

Predeceasing Marjalee were her parents, Leon and June Dull of Clare; brother, Leon, Jr and sister, LaRae Bircher of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Marion United Methodist Church with Reverend Jim Mort officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be held at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare.

Memorial contributions can be made to Marion United Methodist Church mission fund or general fund. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

Doug&Sheryl Caswell - Nov 6th, 2018 7:52 pm

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Marjalee."

John Bircher - Nov 7th, 2018 7:29 am

"My heart is broken. While Marjalee was a sister to my wife, she was like a sister to me as well. My sympathies to Harold and the children. Now Marjalee and LaRae can go on walks together in a perfect land."

Dawn Stiens-Bircher - Nov 7th, 2018 8:34 pm

"I'm so sorry to hear of Marjalee's passing. She was a wonderful lady, & I always enjoyed the time we spent together during family gatherings and trips to Florida. Harold and the family are in my thoughts & prayers."

David Swiler - Nov 8th, 2018 1:00 pm

"So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! "

Patrick & Linda Birtles - Nov 8th, 2018 1:27 pm

"The family is in our thoughts and prayers."

Dale and Donna Borders - Nov 8th, 2018 2:01 pm

"Our thoughts and prayer are with the family of Marjalee. Was so sorry to hear of her passing. "

Bob & Kathy McIlhargie - Nov 8th, 2018 5:48 pm

"Marjalee was a perfect role model for her faith. May she rest in peace."

Mark and TheresaOrlikowski - Nov 8th, 2018 8:44 pm

"Keith and Julie, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Jennifer & Richard Draper - Nov 8th, 2018 11:53 pm

"Our condolences to the Kelly family during the loss of sweet Marjalee. She was a kind woman who will be missed by many. Her smile will warm our hearts forever."

Kristy Mellinger - Nov 9th, 2018 7:04 am

"So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts & Prayers."

Ray & Helen Rawson - Nov 9th, 2018 8:36 am

"Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Cheryl Nolan Dever - Nov 9th, 2018 2:49 pm

"Rest in Peace Mrs. Kelly. Thank you for getting me through some tough times while in High School. Gods peace to her family and friends."

Herb Seamons - Nov 9th, 2018 5:17 pm

"Faith United Methodist church will miss your cheerful presence from our worship services. We are blessed that you and Harold made us your Grand Rapids church home. While we will miss you, we rejoice that Marjalee is at peace and with the Lord!"

Jim Szabo - Nov 10th, 2018 12:36 am

"Marjalee will always be remembered as a friend of Staff and Students at McBain High School. She was a kind lady and shaped the lives of many, including myself. So good and honored to have known this talented lady. Peace be with you. "

Linda Seeley Ramacker - Nov 10th, 2018 9:52 pm

"Mrs. Kelly was the best counselor and Lady a person could ever have known. She will be dearly missed. I had her in McBain School. Praying for you and your family"

Leann Wiltzer - Nov 11th, 2018 6:46 am

"So sorry. She was a Beautiful wonderful woman. "

Sue Taylor Boven - Nov 11th, 2018 6:27 pm

"Mrs. Kelly was a special person, not only as a teacher, but knowing her and Mr. Kelly as an adult. My wishes for peace and lots of good memories for him & the entire family. "

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