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 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”