In loving memory of

Elizabeth "Betty" M. Kelly
January 9, 1929 - November 5, 2023

Elizabeth Marie ("Betty") Kelly, 94, of Fort Dodge, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023, at the Marian Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2023 at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow at Corpus Christi Cemetery. A visitation will be Thursday November 9, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Laufersweiler Funeral Home with a CDA Rosary at 4:00 p.m.
Betty is survived by children, Margaret Kelly of Minneapolis, MN; Mary Kelly of Lexington, KY; Tom (Kitty) Kelly of Rochester, MN; Patricia (Bill) Kikendall of San Diego, CA; Dave (Sue) Kelly of St. Cloud, MN; Ann (Joe) Regan of St. Louis Park, MN; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Hayes of St. Peter, MO; and sister, Mary Ann Bernauer of Woodbury, MN.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Gene and brothers Paul Hayes and James Hayes.
Betty was born January 9, 1929, in Waterloo, Iowa to Edward and Agnella (Striegel) Hayes. She graduated from Saint Mary's High School in Waterloo, Iowa in 1945. Following high school Betty worked for the WCF&N Railroad.
Betty was united in marriage to Gene Kelly on July 18, 1949, at St. Mary's Church Waterloo, Iowa. Due to Gene's railroad career the family lived in Kentucky and Illinois before relocating to Fort Dodge in 1964.
In addition to being a homemaker extraordinaire, Betty also worked for H&R Block, The Bath Shop, and Fanny Farmer Candies before her retirement.
Betty was a long-time member of Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity Parish. She was active in Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Legion of Mary. She also was a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 75 years.
A very special "Thank you" to Betty's friends at the Marian Home, both staff and residents.
Memorials may be left to Campus Ministries at Holy Trinity Church or the St Edmond Pre-K program.


St. Mary's High School Alumni wrote on Nov 6, 2023:

"Our deepest sympathy to Betty's family and friends."

Diane Helgevold wrote on Nov 6, 2023:

"Ann and family, Your mother was such a sweet lady. Whenever I would run into her around town she would always be so kind and take time to talk with me for a few minutes. My deepest sympathies. Diane Gray Helgevold "

Ruth Neppl wrote on Nov 6, 2023:

"Spelling Correction: What a grand lady she was! Ruth Neppl Marion, IA"

Ruth Neppl wrote on Nov 6, 2023:

"I knew Betty many years age n Beta Sigma Phi. What a grand lady she was! Ruth Neppl Marion, IA"

Mary Salz Koster_Ginny Koster Koch wrote on Nov 5, 2023:

"I first met my cousin Betty when I was in 7th or 8th grade. She moved across the street from my family. Her husband Gene was a good friend of my brother and family. In 1948 Betty and I took a trip to New York City to visit her aunt and I bought my wedding dress in New York. We kept in contact and my husband Joe and I were godparents for Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mary Salz Koster (dictated to my daughter Ginny Koster Koch)"