Goodbye, Mom, plus GRAND Social No. 327 link party for grandparents

Goodbye, Mom

Yesterday family and friends said a final farewell to my mom — Gramma to my girls, Nonnie to her younger grandkids, Sweet Ann to her sisters and friends, Goofy (or Obnoxious, Opinionated, Absolutely Off The Wall) Ann to others.

Regardless of the many monikers, Patricia Ann Kelly left an impression on all who knew her, an aching heart in those who loved her dearly and lost her too soon.

A mere sketch of my mama, i.e., her obituary:

August 25, 1941 ~ November 4, 2018

My beautiful mom — Patricia Ann Kelly

Patricia "Ann" Kelly, age 77, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO, after a valiant battle with lung cancer.

Ann, a resident of Pueblo, was born August 25, 1941, in Manning, S.C., to John R. Pierce and Maudie Mae Allen. She spent her childhood in North Carolina and her early adulthood in Minnesota. Colorado has been her home since 1974, residing at various times in Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.

Ann was proud of her accomplishments in the real estate field, first as a real estate agent then a mortgage loan originator. Her most satisfying role, though, was that of mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

A passionate animal lover, Ann opened her heart and home to innumerable dogs and cats throughout the years. She also loved singing and dancing, gardening and reading, and extra-crispy Kentucky Fried Chicken. Some of Ann's most cherished memories were of motorcycle road trips taken with second husband Gerald "Jerry" Kelly, highlighted by stops at every "Point of Interest" along the way, regardless of size or significance.

Ann joins her beloved Jerry in heaven and others who preceded her in death: her parents; and stepbrothers, Leonard Wiggins, Raymond Wiggins, and Bobby Wiggins. Ann is survived and will be greatly missed by sisters, Darlene (Mac) Varnum and Janie Guthrie; children, Jeff Aukema, Rebecca (Rick) Youngs, Lisa (Jim) Carpenter, Jennifer Reno, Debbie Aukema, David Aukema, Susan McGrane; 21 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service, 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2018, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Online condolences,

Rest in peace, my crazy, unforgettable, and oh-so dear Mom.

GRAND Social No. 327 link party for grandparents

Thank you for being here, sharing your links and reading the links of your fellow grandparent bloggers.

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How it works:

  • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.

  • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.

  • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.

  • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)

  • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).

  • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. 

  • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.

  • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment, even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.