|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1855|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1930|
Josephine Ophelia, eldest child of Allen C. and Mary Borst Hodges was born at Painted Post, Steuben County, New York, April 25th, 1855, and departed this life from the home of her son, Leonard LeRay, 307 E. Wilkins St., Jackson, Michigan, Thursday evening, October 23, 1930, at the age of seventy-five years and six months, lacking two days.
When a young woman, she came, with her father, brothers, and sisters to Michigan making their home in Hudson, where she lived for some time.
On March 13, 1888, she was united in marriage to Melvin Kelley of Hudson, Michigan, who preceded her to the great beyond in 1914.
To this union was born one son, Leonard LeRay, who with two step-sons, Lavern E. Kelly, of Hillsdale, and Leo Glen Kelly of Otsego, Mich., four brothers, Nelson Hodges of Auburn, N.Y.; Mr. Hugh Hodges of Seattle, Wish.; Mr. Norman Hodges of Napoleon, Michigan; and Mr. James H. Hodges of Hudson, Michigan, and two sistes, Mrs. Mattie Silvernail of Arting, Wash.; and Mrs. Margaret Miller of Minneapolis, Minn., survive, also a number of nephews and nieces and a large number of friends.
Soon after she came to Hudson she attended religious services, held by Mrs. Wetherell, and in these meetings gave her heart to God and was made a new creature in Christ Jesus. Some time later she united with the Free Methodist Church in Hudson where she held her membership for several years, removing later to Spring Arbor, Mich., where she held her membership in the same church when called to the church triumphant.
For years her Christian life and example, as well as her devotion to and labors in her Masters's service, had been an inspiration unto many.
While conversing with her physician the day she was called away she said, "Death is not such a bad thing, if one is ready: and I am ready." In a few short hours she quietly slipped away to be with Him, who her soul loved and served.
The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Free Methodist Church of Hudson, Rev. W. C. Muffitt of Battle Creek, Mich., officiating. Internment was made at Maple Grove cemetery.
Allen Clark Hodges (1831 - 1895)
Melvin Wayne Kelly (1850 - 1914)*
Leonard Kelly (1896 - 1959)*
Josephine Ophelia Hodges Kelly (1855 - 1930)
George Nelson Hodges (1859 - 1938)*
Lydia Evalyn Hodges Nutter (1860 - 1919)*
James H. Hodge (1865 - 1933)*
Hubert E. Hodge (1867 - 1943)*
Mary Etta Hodge Silvernail (1875 - 1943)*
Norman B. Hodge (1878 - 1948)*
Maple Grove Cemetery
Created by: William J Priest
Record added: Jul 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73085430