Mary Elizabeth (Mercer) Kelsey

Born: Sun., Jul. 17, 1921
Died: Fri., Apr. 26, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 30, 2019
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Apr. 30, 2019

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Mary Elizabeth Kelsey, 97, of Cambridge City died April 26, 2019 at The Springs Health Care Center in Richmond.


Mary Lib (as known by friends and family) was born July 17, 1921 in Connersville. She was the daughter of Carl R. and Marie Mercer. She graduated from Connersville High School in 1939.


She married John H. Kelsey in 1942 and moved to Cambridge City. While John served in the Army Air Corps in WWII and Mary Lib served the country by working in various munitions manufacturing plants. Later in life she was employed at Lincoln High School. She was a proud life-long member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority and a member of the Cambridge City United Methodist Church. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She loved her family and loved to entertain her family and friends. Holidays and birthdays were joyous and grand events.


Survivors include her son Thomas J. (Rhonda) Kelsey; 2 daughters, Judith Ann (Michael) Meyer and Beverly (John R.) Copeland; 5 granddaughters, Leigh Anne Higgins, Hillary Elaine Burbrink, Sarah Elizabeth Fields, Laura Elizabeth Turner and Stephanie Sue Kelsey; 10 great-grandchildren; a niece and nephew, and one great niece.


She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Kelsey and an infant son, Thomas Michael Kelsey; her parents Carl and Marie Mercer, and her sister Virginia Remmler.


Friends may gather at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 10:00 am until start of services at 12:00 noon. Rev. Max Milton will be officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City.


Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.



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Beverly Rauthe Hall
   Posted Sat April 27, 2019
Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Keeping your family in prayer

Jo Anne (Sweet) Barr
   Posted Sat April 27, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Mary Lib's passing! She was always such a bright light, always with a huge smile and sparkling eyes! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Pam Carpenter
   Posted Sat April 27, 2019
Tom and Rhonda, my prayers are with you and sort for your loss. She was a ray of sunshine and always a joy to see her. Love you, Pam

Bob Woodward
   Posted Sat April 27, 2019
So sorry to hear about Mary Lib. She was always fun to be around. My condolences to all her family.

Carolyn McGuire Lundy
   Posted Sat April 27, 2019
Oh how I love you Mary Lib, my sweet cousin. I remember how close she and my sister were as cousins and best friends. I know they are together tonight. I am praying for the entire family.

Sharon Fields
   Posted Sun April 28, 2019
Beverly and family,
I am so sorry to know of your mother's passing. She was always a lovely, kind lady to your friends. It is so hard to lose our parents. I know your heart must be aching. You were so blessed to have her for so long and in reasonably good health, a lifetime of memories to treasure. I pray for peace and comfort for you all, in the days ahead.

Sandra Mroczek (Carnes)
   Posted Sun April 28, 2019
Dear Beverly, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s deepest condolences to you and your family.

Cheryl Woodward-Myers
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Mary Sue Hosey
   Posted Wed May 01, 2019
Beverly and family,
So sorry to see that your mom has passed from this life. I have very good memories of parties and just hanging out at your house. She was always so sweet! She was a good friend to Dorothy and my mom. Sending my love.

Gary Cole
   Posted Wed May 01, 2019
My sympathies on the passing of your mother. I heard many wonderful things about your mother from own mother, growing up in Connersville and living on the same street. Our grandparents often talked about the Mercers as they were long time friends.