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Betty "Liz" Jean Kelsey

October 23, 1933 — October 28, 2019

Betty “Liz” Kelsey, 86, passed away on October 28, 2019. Born October 23, 1933 in Hoxie Arkanses, the daughter of Hartford Sr and Gertrude Bruce. A retiree of the Stockholm Inn she loved to do crossword puzzles, word searches, read, and she also spent some time writing poetry. She married Miltion Kelsey on May 1, 1975 in Tucson Arizona and they loved to spend time together traveling, especially back to where they were wed.

She is survived by her children, James Tate, Patricia Smith, and Marilyn Tate; Grandchildren Melissa Rodriguez, Michelle Perina, Nicholas Vaccaro, Cristina Peacey, Sherri Koteski; ten great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and sister, Shirley Hammer. She was predeceased by husband; parents; son Donald Henry; Brothers Charles Bruce and Hartford Bruce Jr.

Visitation for Betty will be on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory Mulford chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, Il 61108. Please send online condolences at

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Mulford Chapel

1860 South Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108

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