Cleo Allen Kelly was born on January 6, 1937 in Draper, Utah to William Venar and Charlotte Allen. She passed away surrounded by her family on June 19, 2021 after complications from a stroke.

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She married Joseph Anderson in 1955. They had one son and later divorced. She then married Arthur Kelly in 1962. Together, they had four children.

She ran a day care in her home for over 30 years and touched the lives of countless young people during that time. She was one of the most self-less people – always more worried about everyone else than herself. She had a green thumb and could make anything grow in her backyard. She was fiercely independent and taught her family to be self-reliant.

She is survived by three children – Joseph (Julie) Anderson, Cheryl (Jim) Stevens and Allen Kelly – 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her sons – Clay “Buddy” Kelly and Martin “Marty” Kelly, her step-son – Rodney Kelly, her husband – Arthur Kelly, her brothers – Von Allen and Earl Allen, her parents and grandparents.

A celebration of life will be held at 4715 South 4300 West, Kearns, Utah on Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward the medical expenses:


Celebration of Life

Saturday, Jun. 26, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Celebration of Life for Cleo Kelly
4715 South 4300 West
Kearns, UT 84118

Services Handled By

Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Jun 23, 2021

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Aunt Cleo welcomed me into the family. She was so beautiful and always happy to be together with family. I have many great memories of her. Condolences to all of the family. Love you Aunt Cleo. RIP

BETH Allen Toupin Jun 30, 2021