Every Sunday morning, I ready the "Remembrances" section of the Kansas City Star, a habit I'm sure I share with many of my fellow family historians. This week, the obituary of Louella Kelly Myers struck me as noteworthy. Louella was a fellow genealogist, active in many patriotic societies. Godspeed, Louella!
Louella Kelly Myers
Louella Kelly Myers, 100, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 10212, at Ashton Court Care Center in Liberty, Mo. She was born May 3, 1911, the middle child of seven born to Hugh Marshall and Sarah Lee (Douglas) Kelly in Paradise, Mo., and she was the last survivor. Her family moved to Kearney when she was seven. At 19 she married and moved to Chicago, studied and sold real estate in California and Maryland. She moved to Baltimore in 1937. She graduated from a modeling academy and later taught modeling. Louella became engrossed in genealogy by 1967 and traced the lineage of her forbears from Kentucky to Clay County including such notable early settlers as Abraham Creek, Charles Younger, George Washington Douglas, and Peter Kelly. Her interest led her into the Daughters of the American Revolution which she joined in Baltimore in 1969,and joined 11 more patriotic organizations, including US Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Daughters of the Indian Wars, Colonial Dames, Southern Dames of America, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, and founded the Maryland Chapter of the Dames of the Court of Honor. Louella compiled her data into a book which she published including the families of Younger, Creek, Kelly, Payne, Day and Ellington. She and her husband, Russell Myers were charter members of the Wesley Retirement Home in Baltimore, but after his passing in 1999, she longed for her Missouri family and moved to Elliot Place in Raytown, the Gardens on Barry Road, to Westbrook in Kearney and finally after breaking a hip, she became a resident of Ashton Court. Louella had no children of her own, but she loved the children of her six sisters and brothers, and was loved by them. Family and friends will gather for visitation at 1 p.m. Wednesday February 22, followed by a celebration of her life at 2 p.m., both held at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Crossroads Hospice of Kansas City, 9237 Ward Parkway, Ste. 300, Kansas City, MO 64114 or to the United Methodist Church of Kearney, 1000 East State Route 92, Kearney, MO 64060.