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D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
Monday October 11th, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
Tuesday October 12th, 2021

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Bronwen Estelle Kelley

It is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Bronwen Estelle Kelley (Ross) announces her passing at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the age of 83. She was the cherished wife of the late David Kelley for 63 years, the loving mother of Pam Kelley, Pat Kelley, Heather May, Jennifer Robb (Bill) and the cherished grandmother of Kelly Mortensen, David Mills, Ashley Mills, Justin Vail (Krista), Rebecca May (Rob), Amanda May and 3 great grandchildren. She is the sister of John Ross (Gwen) and sister in law of Owen Forsythe. Bronwen was predeceased by her husband David Kelley, daughter Mercedes Mills, parents Isabel (nee McCarty) Mathieson and Jack Ross and stepfather Cecil Mathieson, sisters Beth (Gord) Parker and Diane Forsythe.

After raising her 5 girls, mom took on a job at the Mitton Hobby Shop and then at A Buck or Two in the Eaton’s Centre. She was a dedicated volunteer with numerous organizations. Mom volunteered with the Sarnia Figure Skating Club running the Booster Club and helping with WOSWIC and sewing numerous costumes for the annual skating carnival. She also volunteered with the Red Cross Meals on Wheels Program preparing and delivering meals for over 40 years. Mom belonged to the Dunlop United Church Women’s Group for over 45 years. Mom canvassed door to door collecting donations for the Canadian Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation and Heart and Stroke. Mom was a regular every day at Robin’s Donuts then Global Donuts where she enjoyed her morning coffee and plain cake donut, reading the morning paper and socializing with her coffee shop friends. Mom enjoyed her ladies 5 pin bowling league at Northgate Bowl for many years. Mom’s many passions included reading, knitting her kids new mittens every winter to match their coats and sewing outfits for her children when they were young. Mom loved watching her daily soap “The Young and the Restless”. Question: “Who loved Jeopardy?” Answer: Mom. Everyone knew you could not call her between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Mom enjoyed travelling with dad going on car tours, bus trips and dad’s work conventions all across North America. Mom cooked dinner at her house every Sunday for us kids and whoever wanted to come until a few years ago. Mom always loved a good butter tart or a bowl of ice cream.

"Mom was a selfless person who always put family and others before herself"

Visitation will be held at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home and Cremation Centre Ltd (102 Victoria St N, Sarnia) on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations made in memory of Bronwen to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada ( https://bcsc.ca ) or a charity of your choice and would be appreciated by the family. Memories or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca . The family would like to thank Dr. Springer, Dr. Muhunthan, nurses and PSW’s at Bluewater Health 3rd Floor for their excellent care and compassion during mom’s brief stay.

“Mom we will always carry your love and memory in our hearts forever”

Please note, as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, all in attendance are required to social distance and to wear a face mask.

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Pat & family - sincere condolences on the passing of your mom.

Nancy Ravenhorst Oct 13 2021 8:36 AM

The Kelly family
Both susan and I send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Your mom will be missed by alot if people who knew her. Will miss seeing her at craft venue's or garage selling. She always had her door open to all and made them each feel special.
May it help your hearts to heal knowing how proud she was of each of you. And that she and your dad are reunited again.

Marrianne Whitefoot Oct 12 2021 7:21 PM

Dear Kelley girls and family,
I am very sorry for your loss(es). Auntie Bobbie was a lovely, sociable person, and one of my favourite people to hug. We are here to support you through this difficult year, to grieve, and share happy memories. Bronwen and Dave will be missed very much. My grandma (Auntie Di) and grandpa (Uncle Owen) had a lot of great memories and laughs with them both throughout their lives. Thinking of you x0.

Andrea (Andie) Carson Oct 12 2021 11:13 AM

Dear Kelley girls and family,
I am so sorry for your loss(es). We will miss Auntie Bobbie very much. She was a lovely, sociable person and one of my favourite people to hug. We are all here for you to help your family through this time, to grieve, and share happy memories. I am sharing some photos of my grandma (Auntie Di) and Bronwen.

Andrea (Andie) Carson Oct 12 2021 11:02 AM

Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you.

Melissa Vandermeer Oct 11 2021 10:54 PM

Hello Pat,
We care about your well-being always but especially during this time of sorrow Your beloved mother was a cheerful and generous giver. Family and community have been enriched. May you be daily sustained by the Lord's perfect love, grace and peace.
Ann & Jim Gilroy

Ann Gilroy Oct 10 2021 11:10 AM

We are sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, Dave. Our condolences to you and all the family. We remember the many trips and times together in the old car club. Prayers. Gord and BarbLeaper.

Barb Leaper Oct 9 2021 5:34 PM

Pam and family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I hope you can find reassurance in the care of your friends, and allow the loving memories you have of your mom to help you through your time of sorrow. My thoughts are with you and your families.

Carla Truman Oct 9 2021 11:36 AM

We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. May good memories help ease your pain and sorrow. Sincerely Ron and Jackie Atmore. ( 35 Chev Car).

Ron Atmore Oct 9 2021 8:43 AM

To the Kelly Girls: The memories of your Mom are wonderful. Many cold days in the dressing rooms helping at WOSWIC, skating events and so much more. Your Mom was a lady f the highest order and will be missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. May God bless and comfort all of you and though you have barely had time to grieve Dad and now Mom know that they are together with their Lord. Our family send our caring and love Sharon Karolyn LaPier Marianne Gignac and family

Sharon Lea LaPier Oct 9 2021 1:47 AM

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