Beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Patricia “Pat” (Ballard) Kelley entered the Kingdom of God on Friday, February 17, 2023 after a brief battle with a large-scale infection.
Pat was born to Carl and Alice (Jones) Ballard in December 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1964, Patricia met Larry Kelley, a match truly made in heaven, and they were married in 1965. They were blessed with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She adored her family and loved spending time with them.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Larry, her 2 children, Carla Maletta Kelley and Julie (Benjamin) Vos. Her grandchildren are: Holly Walther, Daniel Maletta, Renae (Michael) Speight, Jacob (Emily) Vos, William (Elizabeth) Maletta, Roxanne (Austin) Bodine and Mary Maletta. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Jonathan, Devany, Abbigail, Sofia, Elouise, Bennett and Colton. There are 2 more great grandchildren on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Michael Ballard.
Patricia joins her parents, sister Sandra and brother Mark in Heaven.
She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1955. She attended the American Institute of Business (AIB) and graduated with a degree in secretarial in 1956. Pat enjoyed working and held many secretarial and caregiver positions throughout her life. Worked for John Deere Credit Union (Ottumwa), SugarPlum Tree Nursery School (Mt Pleasant), First National Bank of Hudson, Hudson Community School District, Pella Christian Opportunity Center, Pella Open Bible Church, daycare for two grandchildren, and various jobs in contract with her husband until 1996.
Patricia’s faith has made her a loyal servant of God. She has shared the love and warmth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with as many people as possible. She was an active member of every church she attended providing Christian education, coordinating Christian groups and events, and supporting her Christian friends. Her favorite scriptures about her are John 14:6 and Romans 1:16-17.
Friday, February 24, viewings will be held from 5-7pm at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 14275 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 10:30 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 9333 159th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213, followed by a luncheon. On Sunday, February 26, there will be a gathering of family and friends at 2:00 p.m. at the Lunning Funeral Home, 2620 Mt. Pleasant Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. At 2:30 p.m., a funeral procession will depart from the Lunning Funeral Home at Prairie Grove Cemetery, 13598 Beaverdale Road, West Burlington, Iowa 52655 for funeral services.