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G. Beryle McKelvey Kelly
1915-2004
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G. Beryle Kelly, 89, of Miller, S.D., died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 in Brown Deer, Wis.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 19 from 4-9 p.m. at Reck Funeral Home in Miller. Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller with the Revs. Brian Jones and Dee Talley officiating. Burial will be at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights, with a luncheon reception following at the Presbyterian Church in Miller.

Casketbearers will be her grandchildren, Candice Lockner, Jeff, Mike and Michelle Fawcett, Sue Calcagni, Diane Bones, Kirsten Colson, Cate Talley, and Shea Kelly.

Beryle McKelvey was born October 9, 1915, the third of five children, in Ree Heights, S.D., to Hugh and Edna (Porter) McKelvey. She received her teaching certificate at the age of 18, and taught at a country school in Riverside Township until she married Donald H. Kelly in 1938. She raised her family of four children on the ranch north of Ree Heights and returned to teaching in 1954 when her youngest started school.

She taught in Riverside, Ree Heights and Miller until 1978, inspiring the thoughts and touching the hearts of countless students over the years. In her life, she was consistent. She loved much, she gave much, and she demanded much. She expected the best from people, and she brought it out in them. She loved her family, her friends, and her career, and Beryle loved Hand County. She was born here, raised her family here, and influenced generations here.

Survivors include her four children, Kay Fawcett of Miller, Don (Lynn) Kelly of Houston, Texas, Leanne (Dee) Talley of Shorewood, Wis. and Ron (Cathy) Kelly of Sedalia, Colo.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; two sisters, Ellen Larson and Helen Goth; and two brothers, Bud McKelvey and W. Hugh McKelvey.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Beryle Kelly Memorial Fund, established to benefit the community she loved.