Sandra Kelley, 1946-2017

Published 1:00 am Friday, October 27, 2017

Sandra Lynn (Boe) Kelley, 71, of Lake Mills died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Family greeted friends during a visitation gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Life Christian Church, 1705 SE Marshall St. in Albert Lea with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Vern Harris will officiate the service.

Sandra Kelley

Sandra Lynn (Boe) Kelley was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Albert Lea to Leonard and Althea (Ruble) Boe. Sandra graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1964 and received her nursing degree from North Iowa Area Community College in 1980. On Feb. 19, 1968, Sandra was united in marriage to Roger Kelley in Mason City. Together, Sandra and Roger enjoyed traveling to Minnesota’s North Shore and to visit family in Oklahoma.

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Sandra’s love of helping others led her to pursue a long and fulfilling career as a nurse at North Central Human Services — now Mosaic — in Forest City, where she worked for over 25 years.

To those that knew her, Sandra was a compassionate caregiver whose love knew no boundaries. In her professional life, Sandra’s love was for her clients, many of whom she considered family. In her Christian life, Sandra showed love as a missionary, church pianist and long-time Sunday school teacher. In her personal life, that love translated into many family camping trips and many more handmade quilts.

Some of her favorite memories included spending time with family and friends, attending the Freeborn County Fair and helping orphans on a mission trip to Romania.

Left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory are her daughters Shannon (Chuck) Johnson of Roanoke, Virginia, and Tammy Smit of Lake Mills; stepson, Daniel Kelley, of Mason City; sister, Patricia “Pat” Rasmussen, of Albert Lea; sister-in-law, Monica Boe, of Lake in the Hills, Illinois; grandchildren Tyler, Christopher, Destiny, Aubrey, Sonya, Sara, Isaac and Michelle; many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren; Larry Smit, whom she considered a son; and, of course, her loving fur babies. This list does not include the many other friends and relatives who were graced with knowing her.

Sandra is preceded in death by her husband, Roger; parents Leonard and Althea; brother, Dennis; and brother-in-law, Richard “Johnny” Kelley.

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