Mary Ann Kelly

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Celebration of Life services for Mary Ann Kelly, 75, of Eau Claire, formerly of Fairmont, will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Gateway Church, 3445 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire, with Pastor Billy Gibson officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, Wis.

Mary Ann was welcomed into the arms of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on Sunday, March 10, 2013. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church. Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory in Eau Claire is serving the family.

Mary Ann Mathwig was born July 23, 1937, to the late Fred and Clarice (Keck) Mathwig in Fairmont, Minn. She received her education in the Fairmont schools and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1956. During that time, she worked as a telephone operator and waitress. She was united in marriage to William (Bill) Kelly on Jan. 23, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Mary and Bill moved to Madelia, Minn., in 1960 when Bill went to work for Doboy. They moved to Faribault, Minn., in 1964 where they remained 13 years until a career move with Jerome Foods led them to Barron, Wis. They lived in Barron for 22 years until retiring to Eau Claire. Throughout her life, Mary worked in various part-time positions, including as a teacher’s aide in the Faribault, Minn., schools as well as at the Lutheran pre-school in Barron and as the activity director at the assisted-living home in Barron. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and had a flair for decorating. In earlier years, she enjoyed gardening, playing golf and snowmobiling. She loved music and was active in music throughout high school and later in church choir. One of her greatest joys in recent years was listening to her granddaughters play the piano.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; daughters, Patricia of Maple Grove, Minn., and Teresa (Mark) Helgeson of Baldwin, Wis.; granddaughters, Rachel and Leah; brothers, Roger (Dolores) Mathwig and Jerry (Karen) Mathwig; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and her beloved pet and companion, Greta.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Kay.

As a result of dementia in recent years, Mary withdrew from friends and family. She will always be remembered as good-natured, caring and generous. Anyone who knew Mary enjoyed conversation and spending time with her.

The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Health System-Hospice for the wonderful care.

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