|Birth: ||Dec. 2, 1926|
Silver Bow County
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 2009|
Obituary from The Independent Record 12/20/2009:
Maurice James "Jim" Kelly, 83, passed away peacefully in the family home on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. He was born in Butte on Dec. 2, 1926. His Butte High School class of 1944 graduated early so that Jim and his fellow students could join the war effort. He served in the Navy as a radioman on Guam in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he met his wife of sixty years, Mary Louise "Mae" Woods. He entered the FBI as a special agent in 1951, serving in Kansas City, Mo.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; and Reno, Nev. However, he spent most of his career in New Mexico as a principal firearms instructor and training coordinator. He was well known throughout the state among law enforcement agencies for many years, retiring in 1979. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with his family and friends. We all remember him telling us to "keep your cheek down" and to "keep your line tight!" After retiring, Jim and Mae enjoyed many trips to Alaska, Hawaii and all around the country to visit friends and family. He is fondly remembered by all of his family and friends as always "Having a good trip!"
Jim is survived by his wife, Mae; daughter, Linda (Barry); sons, Jim (Mary Jo), Joe, John (Susan) and Jerry (Donna); and grandchildren, Barry, Kelly-Ann, Kristina, Molly, Leila, Emma, Kyrstyn and Kaytlyn; and Joshua, Jimmy, Emily and Courtney. He is survived by his three sisters, Dorothy Quinn, (Dr. James Quinn); Betty Foy; and Marge Keilman (Hal), all of Helena; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. The rosary will be recited on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Church, in Albuquerque, N.M., with a reception to follow at the family home. Mass will be celebrated on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at Queen of Heaven. He will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Association, 615 Virginia St. S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Dec 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46082622