Viola P. Kelley

Viola P. Kelley

Hastings resident Viola P. Kelley, 71, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 at Mary Lanning HealthCare in Hastings, Neb.

Funeral Service will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016 at Lakeside Community Church in Hastings with Pastor John Whitsett officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Nebraska. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at DeWitt Funeral Home in Hastings.

Memorials may be directed to her family for a later designation.

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Viola was born August 9, 1944 in Gordon, Nebraska, daughter of Montie C. and Gertrude (Grover) Condry. When she was two years old, her father passed away and her step-father, Lloyd T. Lynes, raised her. Viola graduated from Hemingford High School with the class of 1962. She attended Western Nebraska Community College, where she received a degree in social work and in business administration from Rapid City, S.D. Viola married Larry W. Kelley on February 4, 1967 in Denver, Colorado. She retired from the Martin Luther Home in Hastings, Neb. Viola was a member of Lakeside Community Church, 4-H, and served as a Missionettes Leader. She kept a strong faith and cherished her family. Viola was very caring and never met a stranger. 

Viola is survived by her husband of 48 years, Larry; three daughters, Cheri (Jeff) Ourada of Hastings, NE, Tanya (David) Montgomery of Scottsbluff, NE, and Trina (Dale) Rice of Hastings, NE; 12 grandchildren; Steven Montgomery, Jason (Aubrey) Pierce, Daniel Pierce, Tanya Reinpold (Rick Lockwood), Trista (Jovey) Olena, Nickole (David) Sheldon, Anthony (Alyssa) Pierce, Michael (Kayla) Pierce, Jaissa Pierce (Mark Harris), Catana Pierce, Quincey Brown, and D.J. Rice; 24 great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father; brother, Montie Condry; sister, Dorothy Allen; grandson, Johnathan Kelley; and 2 great-grandchildren, Bentley and Emilia.

1 comment

  • Eloise Kampbell
    Eloise Kampbell Saturday, 13 February 2016 14:56 Comment Link

    I also grew up in Hemingford and lived about 2 block from Viola. We spent time in the summer together and I loved her beautiful palamino horse. Viola was a very good rider and fun to be with. The picture was so like her, friendly, caring and a great smile. So sorry to hear of her death, my sincere condolences to her family.

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