HORNELL-B. Ernestine Kelly, 101, formerly of Riverside Drive, passed away early Friday morning (April 7, 2017) at Hornell Gardens.
Born in Hornell on Dec. 8, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Ernest G. Stewart, a former Mayor of Hornell and Bessie (Cline) Stewart. On Aug. 22, 1937, she was married in Hornell to Robert Kelly, who predeceased her in 1985 after 47 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her twin infant sons, Larry and Garry Kelly; her son, Robert E. Kelly in 1987; her grandson, Eric Jon Werth in 1985; her sister, Julia Bowles and her two brothers, Harold Stewart and Gerald Stewart.
A lifelong resident of Hornell, Ernestine was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1933.
For many years she was employed as bookkeeper for J.C. Penney in Hornell and after her retirement she began her employment with Off Track Betting (OTB) in Hornell, a position she held until the age of 86.
Ernestine will be remembered for her “spit fire” personality and her ability to let someone know how she felt about any situation. Her love of pizza, Coor’s Light and chocolate was well known by all who loved and cared for her. She often said she never met a piece of chocolate she didn’t love.
Her loving family includes her two children, Richard “Rick” Kelly of Hornell and Barbara Werth of Jasper, Ga.; her three granddaughters, Sarah Kelly of Hornell, Caitlin Kelly (Allen) Cady of Burdett, N.Y. and Stacey Stanton of Wayland, N.Y.; her six great-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Kilsdonk, Bryce and Emma Cady and Samantha and Gabrielle Stanton; as well as her nieces and nephews.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of B. Ernestine Kelly.
To honor her wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date at a time and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to their favorite charity.
Online condolences or remembrances of Ernestine are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.