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Elinor "Jean" Kelly, 90, of Hermitage, formerly a longtime resident of New Castle, passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System.
Mrs. Kelly was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Walter and Edith (Sayre) Woods.
Jean was a 1945 graduate of South Hills High School in Mount Washington, Pennsylvania, where she was the first majorette in the history of the school's marching band.
As a young woman, she worked for Bell Telephone, Pittsburgh, and Fischer's Big Wheel, New Castle. Jean worked as a purchasing agent for Lockley Manufacturing for many years, retiring in 1990. She previously worked in a similar capacity at the Crane Co., both in New Castle. During her retirement, Jean worked part-time at Bunny's Card Shop, also in New Castle.
She was a longtime member of Epworth United Methodist Church.
Jean enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening.
Her husband, Albert H. Kelly, whom she married July 10, 1948, passed away Dec. 14, 1983. Surviving are a daughter, Kandyce Ashton of Hermitage; a brother, William Woods of Pittsburgh; a granddaughter, Kristyn K. (Gregory) Bugnone of Warren, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Brooklyn Bugnone.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Funeral service will be noon Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wayne Schar, pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, New Castle, officiating.
Interment will follow in Mount Hermon-Union Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on November 1, 2017
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