Frances Elizabeth “Fran” Kelly, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, N.C. She was born September 9, 1942, in Derby, Conn., to Joseph and Frances Grillo. She was a graduate of Shelton High School.

Her banking career began at Shelton Savings Bank, where she loved what she did and was loved by all those she met along the way. She married Robert “Bob” Kelly on May 9, 1981, in Oxford, Conn. During their 39 years of marriage, they enjoyed many things together, including vacationing with dear friends Jack and Carol Pokladowski and Ed and Carol White, as well as traveling to Hilton Head Island with her brother-in-law, Stevie Kelly, and his partner, Cassie.

Affectionately known as “Ma,” Fran was a beloved mother, wife, grandmother, great Nanny, cousin and “sissy,” but most importantly, she was known by all as a great friend. She loved cooking and hosting holiday parties. Fran was loved by many and will be sorely missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Fran is predeceased by her parents, Joseph Grillo and Frances (Williams) Blain; and her fur babies, Cooper and Marley, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her son, Albert Letsch Jr.; her daughter, Jody Mitola and husband Gary; three grandchildren, Amanda, Dylan and Steven; two great grandchildren, Annie and Kaz; her sister, Judy Thomas; her brother-in-law, Stevie Kelly, and his partner, Cassie; and many cousins and close friends.

Family, friends and others whose lives Fran touched are invited to the Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Avenue, Statesville, N.C. from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, July 9, 2020, to reminisce and share memories.

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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kelly family.

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