Joyce Elaine Kelly

Monday, February 8, 2016

Joyce Elaine Kelly, 68, of Monett, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo. She was born in Purdy, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1947, the daughter of the late Norman and Lola (Henson) Terry. She was united in marriage on Dec. 3, 1964, in Miami, Okla., to Leon Kelly; he preceded her in death on April 12, 2011.

She was a home healthcare provider, member of the Arnhart Baptist Church near Purdy, and enjoyed drag racing and attending classic car shows.

Survivors include: one son, Mark Kelly, of Guatemala; one daughter, Jo (Kelly) Ruetschi, of Kimberling City; two brothers, Roger Terry, of Monett, and Rick Terry, of Purdy; one sister, JoEllen Stults, of Verona; two grandchildren, Tiffany Dagosta and Whitley Kelly; and three great-grandchildren, Sydnee Kelly, Mya Dagosta and Bentley Kelly.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6-8p.m. at the Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Purdy, Mo., with Rev. Charles Stults officiating. Burial was next to her husband Leon at Arnhart Cemetery, Purdy.

Memorial donations may be made to the family for the great-grandchildren's educational fund.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett.