Aug. 27, 1936-Nov. 5, 2017
Roberta “Bobbie” Kelly, of 81 of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was a longtime member of Incarnation Catholic Church and spent a lifetime devoted to the Virgin Mary. She was born Aug. 27, 1936, to parents, Robert and Helen (Santee) Barrow in Rockwood. She was one of three children. Bobbie graduated from Trenton High School, Trenton. She worked as a photographer and a reporter for the Trenton Times. Bobbie was known by all as a consummate wife, mother, and hostess. Her quick wit and welcoming attitude will be remembered by everyone she encountered. She was fiercely loyal to her friends and family, and was always ready to lend a hand and a prayer. Bobbie enjoyed treasure hunting, and was often spotted at local estate sales and thrift stores. She has a fabulous eye for these treasures and was the ultimate in interior design. She is also remembered for her lavish tailgate parties at the University of Notre Dame football games. Bobbie proved to be a true helpmate to her husband in his business and traveled with him across the nation in these endeavors. The highlight of these was the trip to Belgium for the international symposium. She married the love of her life, Edward F. Kelly, on Jan. 12, 1957. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage devoted to each other and their family. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband; Edward, her four daughters; Kim (Ian) Clarke, Kit (John) Vautier, Christine Schrantz, and Colleen (Mark) Downey. She was the beloved grandmother of 14 and two great-grandchildren, siblings; Bonnie Highley and Bill Barrow. A Celebration of Life Mass was held Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota, Fla. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in remembrance of Bobbie to Incarnation Catholic Church.