Barbara Elaine Blakey Kelley passed away on Sept. 22, 2020, at her home in Carlisle, Iowa, surrounded by family. Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at the Corydon United Methodist Church in Corydon. Interment was at Corydon Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in New York, Iowa, to Guy and Linnea Anderson Blakey. She was a graduate of the Corydon High School and was united in marriage with William (Bud) Kelley on March 10, 1946, in Corydon. 

Barbara had several jobs in her working years but the one she enjoyed most was as a Home Health Aid in Wayne County. She later was a longtime volunteer aid for Hospice of Central Iowa in Corydon and Carlisle. 

Barbara was a member of the Corydon United Church and later attending in Carlisle. She was very active with the United Methodist Women. She was a long time member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Wayne County Genealogical Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Wayne County Historical Society and volunteered at the Prairie Trails Museum. 

Barbara is survived by her daughter Kathy Mees of Grain Valley, Mo.; granddaughter Chelsea Buhrman and great-grandson Robbie, both of Omaha, Neb.; granddaughter Kristina Mees of Grain Valley, Mo.; son William (Bill) Kelley (Kelley) of Carlisle; granddaughter Lauren Friedrichs (Kristen) of West Des Moines;  grandson Grant Kelley (Danielle Merideth) and great-grandson August Kelley, all of Des Moines. Her sister-in-law Verna Blakey of Corydon and family; sister-in-law Verneva Roe (Rea) of Waukee and family; sister-in-law Madolyn Kelley of Belmond and family. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bud; brother Ernest Blakey; and son-in-law Bob Mees.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Corydon or Carlisle United Methodist Churches, Prairie Trails Museum in Corydon or Every Step Hospice in Des Moines.

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