Joan Marie Kelly went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Joan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and loyal friend.
Joan was born Jan. 13, 1936, in The Bronx, New York to Mary and Jack Covais. She is predeceased by both parents and brother Mark Covais.
Born and raised in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, Joanie attended PS 71 and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1954. Shortly after graduation Joan met the man she'd spend the rest of her life with, Ronald G. Kelly. They married in 1957 and began their life together.
Joanie was a loving mother, raising five children. When her children began to attend school, she wanted to keep a close eye on them, so she went to work as a teacher's aide. There she followed her children's progress through grade and middle schools.
Joanie befriended all her children's teachers in order to know exactly how they were doing in school. Joanie was also a very successful Avon Lady, joining forces with her best friend Johnna for more than 25 years. They worked together, traveled to many sales meetings, conventions and product demonstrations throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Joanie leaves behind husband Ron, of 57 years; sons Ron and wife Mary, of Port St Joe, Tom and wife Johnna of Beacon, NY, Christopher, of Fishkill, NY, and Steve and wife Suzy, of Port St Joe; daughter Mariann and husband Will, also of Port St Joe; grandchildren Melissa Hytinen, of Versailles, Ky., Danica and Dana Kelly, and Aidan and Emma Brown, of Port St Joe; great-grandchild, Christian Hytenin, of Versailles, Ky.; beloved sisters Gloria Helms and husband Richard, of Uniondale, NY, and Carol Thomas and husband Bruce, of Ballston Lake, NY; sister-in-law Josephine Covais, of Westchester, NY; and many special nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Port St. Joe, on Saturday, April 5 at noon. Please no flowers. Donations in Joanie's name can be made to Covenant House Hospice, Panama City. A visitation will be held Friday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. ET at Comforter Funeral Home.
Services are under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.