Marilyn Kay Kelly went to be with Jesus on May 10, 2021 on the family ranch near Ismay, MT.
Marilyn was born on Feb. 18, 1950 to Charles and Kate (Hamby) Redman in Miles City, MT. She attended Spring Creek Country School for grades 1-6. At the start of her 7th grade year, Marilyn and her sister, Peggy, began attending Plevna Public Schools where she graduated with the class of 1967. Marilyn and “Sis” were inseparable from the start and the bond they shared made them best friends for the rest of their lives. She continued her education at Miles Community College and earned an Associate’s Degree in 1969. It was during this time that she began dating the handsome neighbor boy, Rod Kelly. It didn’t take long for them to realize they were made for each other. Rod and Marilyn were united in marriage on Sept. 20, 1969, forming an unshakeable partnership that would last nearly 52 years. Once married, they began their life-long adventure, working side by side, on the Kelly and Redman ranches.
On Jan. 17, 1976, their first son, Shawn Allan, was born. Troy Lee was born on March 17, 1978, completing their family of four. There wasn’t a thing she wouldn’t do for her boys! From washing endless loads of ranch-stained Wranglers to attending every activity they were in, she was their #1 fan. Marilyn gained a daughter when Shawn married Candice Allerdings on July 25, 1998. This union gave her two of her greatest joys. Of all the roles she ever played, being grandma to Rachel and Ryan was definitely the most fun! We all learned very early, that no matter what…”what happened at grandma’s, stayed at grandma’s”!
Marilyn’s faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ, was at the core of who she was. She believed in the power of prayer and hit her knees, believing that He would hear her every prayer. Marilyn was the picture of a “selfless servant”, content to be the one doing the hard stuff behind the scenes. She acted out the love of Jesus, never thinking of herself. We can’t imagine life without her, but we’ll rest in God’s promise of seeing her again someday.
Marilyn is survived by her husband and life partner, Rod Kelly, sons Shawn (Candice) of Miles City and Troy of Ismay. Also left to miss her is her sister, Peggy (Earl Mortensen) of Forsyth. She also leaves behind her grandkids, Rachel and Ryan Kelly, and her faithful canine companion, Annie.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Kate Redman, and numerous aunts, uncles, and friends.
Visitation will begin on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Knowlton Cemetery at Knowlton. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Knowlton Cemetery Association, 1262 Rd. 403, Ismay, MT 59336, Grace Bible Church, or a charity of one’s choice.