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 Mary <I>Keleher</I> Kelly

Mary Keleher Kelly

Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 4 Oct 1920 (aged 55)
Greenwood, Cass County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 41053436 · View Source
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From the Nebraska State Journal, October 5, 1920:

Two Killed at Greenwood - Burlington Train Hits Car on Grade Crossing - Mr. and Mrs. Kelly of Lincoln Meet Instant Death When Auto Stops on Track

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kelly of Lincoln were instantly killed Monday afternoon, near 3 o'clock when hit by Burlington train No. 2 eastbound at a crossing near Greenwood. The remains were brought to Lincoln late Monday afternoon.

Mr. Kelly was a brother of Mrs. O.E. Rector and of Mrs. John Fitzgerald. The accident happened east of Greenwood near the elevator. Mr. Kelly drove up on the eastbound track and stopped to let a freight train go by, never noticing the approaching fast passenger train. The car was demolished and the occupants were instantly killed.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly left Lincoln Monday morning on business. Mr. Kelly is a retired farmer and the circumstances of the accident indicate that he was driving to their farm near Greenwood when the train struck them. Mr. Kelly was about sixty years old and Mrs. Kelly about fifty-five.

Word was received Monday evening that Mrs. John Fitzgerald, sister of Mr. Kelly, would arrive Tuesday from Evergreen Col. where she is now living. Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, will arrive sometime Tuesday from Notre Dame university where he is a student.

The remains of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are being held at Roberts' Parlors pending funeral arrangements.

From the Greenwood Gazette, October 7, 1920:

Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Kelly Meet Death

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kelly met instant death Monday afternoon when struck by Burlington train No. 2 at the crossing near the stockyards. No one knows the exact cause of the accident, but many think the victims were watching a freight train coming from the east and failed to see the approaching fast passenger train. The car was demolished and Mr. and Mrs. Kelly almost instantly killed, the bodies being taken to Lincoln on No. 7.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly lived on their farm near here until two years ago when they retired and went to Lincoln to live. They leave two children - Edward, who is attending Notre Dame College and Mrs. Mayme White, who resides in Texas.

The accident has cast a gloom over this community where Mr. and Mrs. Kelly made a host of friends during their long residence in this vicinity.
Mary was first married to William D. Kelly, Jr. and they had one son, Willie, who died at the age of nine months. She then married William's brother, Michael.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 41053436
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Keleher Kelly (12 May 1865–4 Oct 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41053436, citing Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Susan Petersen (contributor 46605423) .