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Patricia Louise Welch Kelly

October 2, 1928 July 4, 2019
Patricia Louise Welch Kelly
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Patricia Louise Welch Kelly
Oct 2, 1928 - Jul 4, 2019

Patricia Welch Kelly, “Pat,” was born in Terre Haute on October 2, 1928, to Thomas and Dorothy Welch. She attended St. Patrick school, Garfield High School and Indiana State University. After one year at ISU, Pat met and instantly fell in love with a local boy named “Tom Kelly,” who came home from Purdue during breaks from school. They were married in 1947 and spent the next 64 years together, building a large, close-knit family that they showered with love and devotion.

Pat was the consummate stay-at-home wife and mother, preparing breakfast, lunch and holiday-worthy dinners every day of the year. Tom and her nine children and numerous grandchildren were Pat’s vocation and avocation, and she poured heart and soul into caring for them all with patience, kindness, and a perpetual smile. She also treasured the friendships she enjoyed, particularly those from the various bridge groups she participated in over the course of several decades.

Crediting her own mother with modeling this trait, Pat avoided drawing attention to herself with complaints and cheerfulness was her hallmark. As the cherished matriarch of her family, Pat demonstrated over the span of 90 years how to live a life of love.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mickey Welch Frew, and brother, Michael Welch, her husband, Tom, an infant daughter, Mary Patricia Kelly, a grandson, Luke Kelly, and a great grandson, Gil Taiber. She is survived by her nine children: Ann (Doug) Allaire of Iowa City; John (Jane) Kelly and Jim Kelly of Indianapolis; Joseph (Patrick Kinsella) Kelly of Austin; Larry (Susan) Kelly, Bob (Jennifer) Kelly, Dan (Jamie) Kelly, Carolyn (John) Cristee, and Katie (Chris) Aimone, all of Terre Haute. She is also survived by grandchildren: Jenny (Steve) Cooper of Cedar Rapids, IA; Emily Allaire (Jason Gomes) of Janesville, IA; Ryan (Lauren) Kelly of Carmel; Courtney (Noah) Fehrenbacher of Indianapolis; Lucy (Adam) Smith of St. Louis; Eileen (Pat) Brown of Terre Haute; Sarah (Cody) Mattox of Terre Haute; Jake Kelly of San Diego; Patty and Isaac Kelly of Terre Haute; Aliza (Ben) Cochran of Worthington; Tom (Cassie) Kelly of Terre Haute; Elizabeth (Matt) McBride of Terre Haute; Jack (Mistie) Kelly and Bart (Mika) Kelly of Navarre, FL; Will and Casey Kelly and Charlie and Elle Marie Aubin of Terre Haute; Patrick (Chelsea) Fears of Nashville, TN; Caitlin (Zack) Raubuck of Indianapolis; Jimmy Cristee of Terre Haute; Miles Kinsella-Kelly of Austin; Charlie Aimone of Greenwood; and Michael and Tommy Aimone of Terre Haute. Pat is also survived by 28 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Bedel officiating. Visitation will be at Callahan-Hughes Funeral Home on Friday, 4-8 p.m. The family would request that those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers consider the Thomas and Patricia Kelly Fund at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. Pat’s family is deeply appreciative of the staff of Westminster Village for their loving care of our mother.

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4:00 PM 7/5/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/5/2019 8:00:00 PM
Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home

605 South 25th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home
605 South 25th Street Terre Haute 47803 IN
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM 7/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

1807 Poplar Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803

St. Patrick Catholic Church
1807 Poplar Street Terre Haute 47803 IN
United States

Cemetery Details


Calvary Cemetery Final Resting Place

4227 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, IN 47803

4227 Wabash Ave Terre Haute 47803 IN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Thomas and Patricia Kelly Fund, c/o Wabash Valley Community Foundation

200 South 8th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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