Age 61, died on March 11th, 2020 at the University of Michigan Hospital with her family by her side. Kelly grew up in Dexter, Michigan on a farm on Scully Road. She always loved animals and they were a huge part of her life for its entirety. Growing up Kelly participated in 4-H activities showing horses. Aside from the horses, Kelly loved and cared for many other animals on the farm. Throughout her life Kelly rescued many animals, caring for them like she cared for people, deeply. Her most recent dog, Gracie, was her pride, her joy, and her best friend. Gracie came to her from the Humane Society of Huron Valley from a severe abuse case. Only Kelly was able to give enough patience and compassion to be able to nurse her back to health against all odds.
Professionally, Kelly dedicated her life to her nursing career, helping people in need of care as well. She spent many years working at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in both Ann Arbor and Chelsea. A favorite period in her adult life was during the years that she moved to Fairbanks, AK to work as a nurse there and explore the beautiful wilderness. She had so many adventures and treasured memories from her time there.
Kelly’s love for animals and her family was unwavering. For those who were in her life, Kelly was a constant cheerleader and support system. Helping and caring for others, putting them before herself, is what she truly lived for. She thrived as a caretaker and had such a big heart full of love.
Kelly is survived by her parents, Jim and Pat Love, her siblings, Jim and Kammy, and her nieces and nephews James, Rick, Briana and Eden.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Michigan Medicine trauma team, specifically the Neurology ICU for their exceptional care during her last days.
A visitation will take place on Monday March 16, 2020 from 5-7pm at Cole Funeral Chapel at 214 E Middle St. Chelsea, Michigan 48118 followed by a Celebration of Life at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please make charitable donations in Kelly’s name to Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
The Light Remains
There are some who bring
A light so great to the World
That even after they have gone
The Light Remains