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In Memoriam

Evelyn Kelly (Okemos School Secretary 1946-148)

Evelyn Peterson, daughter of John Peterson (1843 Sweden - 1912) and Ingrid (Carlson) (1861 Sweden - 1925) Peterson, was born 19 March 1897, Osceola County, Michigan.  Evelyn never married.  She was secretary of Okemos Consolidated Schools from 1946-1948.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Tuesday 7 May 1946

Miss Evelyn Peterson, secretary at the Okemos school office, and Mrs. Luke Kelly, also of Okemos, were called to Le Roy this week-end by the death of their brother-in-law who was instantly killed when his car stalled on a railroad crossing near Le Roy.  Miss Marjorie Madole, one of his daughters, has also been making her home with the Kellys since her discharge from the United States nurses corps several weeks ago and has accepted an industrial nurse's position in Lansing.

Evelyn was a sister of Ruth Peterson Kelly.  Ruth's husband, Luke, was Superintendent of Okemos Consolidated Schools from 1933-1938.  Ruth taught mathematics at Okemos High School for a number of years before becoming a professor at Lansing Community College.

Evelyn and Ruth were close.  Before and after Luke Kelly's untimely death in 1956, they traveled together across the United States and the world on numerous occasions.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Wednesday 18 July 1951

Okemos, July 18 - Mr. and Mrs. Luke Kelly and family and Miss Evelyn Peterson have just returned from a month's tour of the western states.

Evelyn died 31 July 1985, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.  She was interred near family in Le Roy Township Cemetery, Osceola County, Michigan.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday 11 September 1966