Betty M. Kelly, 93, Minocqua, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Betty was born on June 8, 1925 to Joseph and Adele Baer in Madison. Betty is preceded in death by her husband Joseph, J. Kelly and grandson Mike Kelly.  She is survived by Mary Jo “Jodi” (Mark) Mattke of Arbor Vitae, Ann (Kirk) Miller of Minocqua, Mike (Carolyn) Kelly of North Hampton, N.H.; Pat (Darcy) Kelly of Pleasant Springs, and Joseph (Carol) Kelly Jr. of Minnetonka, Minn. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Betty enjoyed her childhood of growing up in Madison, including many sports. Her favorite sports were swimming, diving, speed skating, and softball. She even designed a logo for the Gateway Speed Skating Club in Saint Louis, Mo. Betty’s fondness of her hometown continued as she always made time to cheer on the Wisconsin Badgers. Betty’s love of decorating and fashion started in her college days and continued to the “Back Room” at Joe Kelly’s Landing, the restaurant Betty and her husband Joe ran from 1976-1989 in Woodruff. Joe and Betty traveled together, including a memorable trip to Ireland. Betty could best be described as a spirited lady who had a positive attitude and a determination to live life to the fullest. Later in life, Betty found joy in raising and training her beloved golden retriever, Baer. She took pride in having her family gather together to enjoy delicious meals, play games, and tell stories but most importantly laugh together. Betty taught us all to be grateful for what we have, be proud of where we come from, and enjoy each moment we have. 

Funeral Mass for Betty will be held at Holy Family Church in Woodruff on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. with a gathering from 10 a.m. till time of service. A luncheon will follow at Holy Family Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send any contributions to HYF Dr. Kate Hospice, P.O. Box 770, Woodruff, WI 54568.

May we always live by the words of Betty Kelly: “Today is today, I like tomorrow, To lighten each day, Don’t ponder your sorrows.”

Online condolences may be shared at Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.