Ella Kelly

Obituary of Ella May Kelly

Our family has the sad task of announcing the death of Ella May (Bigelow) Kelly at the age of 90 years old on April 15, 2022.  She had been dealing with an illness for quite some time.  Her passing was peaceful.      

Our mother made an impression on many people in her younger years while living in Southern Quebec, her middle years in Port Colborne and Welland. As time went by she lived in Hamilton and Brantford.

Our mother was shaped by her humble beginnings.  She overcame many of those early disadvantages to become a stable and diligent worker from a very young age.  Once she married Donald Walter Kelly in 1949 her primary concern and focus was being a very good wife, mother and homemaker. Her daughter Linda Margaret (Kelly) Lyder (husband Michael Lyder) was born in 1951 and then she welcomed Donna Lee (Kelly) Danby (husband Jeff Danby) in 1954.  Our Mom also enjoyed various crafting projects, sewing clothing and décor items, and canning fruits and vegetables.  We all benefited from her talents with gifts she handmade.

A very bright time of her life was when she began to study the Bible.  The things she learned moved her heart to serve Jehovah God for the rest of her life.  She shared her love of God with her children, neighbors and family members. 

Ella came from a very large family.  The challenges of the depression years and WW 2 put many pressures on people of that era.  Her family consisted of Robert and Alice (Dowd) Bigelow her parents.  Her siblings are listed here:  Violet Bigelow, Donald Bigelow, Margaret (Bigelow) Humes, Lemuel Bigelow, Stanley Bigelow, Geraldine (Bigelow) Rutherford, and Gloria Bigelow.   All but Donald and Margaret have deceased.  The loss of her beloved siblings was a very sad time for Ella.

Ella has 5 grandchildren:  Chad Lyder (wife Tina Lyder), Aimee (Lyder) Gray (husband Brad Gray), Jennifer Danby, Kurt Danby, and Everett Danby.   She also has 7 greatgrandchildren:  Tyson, Lucas, Jaxxon, Evelyn, Nevaeh, Claire and Rowan.         

Ella, our mother had strong faith that she would be resurrected to life on earth as Jesus Christ promised at John 5:28, 29.   Revelations 21:3, 4    describes the amazing future for those who will live again in paradise conditions with no more death.  These verses and many others gave her comfort and hope.  Titus 1:2    says God never lies, so though we grieve for her and miss her presence in our lives we share her conviction that we will be together again.   

Special thanks to friends and family for their support and love.  We also thank the staff at Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford for the excellent care of our dear mother during her illness.  Very special people made this difficult time much easier to cope with.  We would also like to thank the staff at Brierwood Retirement Home in Brantford.

Arrangements entrusted to the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne. A private service was held with interment at Overholt Cemetery beside her husband Donald. A Zoom memorial will be arranged for a future date.


Private Family Service

A private service was held with interment at Overholt Cemetery beside her husband Donald. A Zoom memorial will be arranged for a future date.