Born: 06/10/1943 Died: 10/06/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a
Ivan Noel Kelly, 68, passed away on Oct. 6, 2011, at his home in Durant. He was born on June 10, 1943, in Durant, born to Jack Drake and Mary Catherine (Crowder) Kelly. He attended Russell Elementary School, Durant Middle School, graduated from Durant High School and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He married Carolyn Wells on March 22, 1965, and to this union was born two children, Cynthia and Brian. He loved helping others in need and had a strong commitment to serving the people of Durant and Bryan County. He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Bail Bonding Commission and was a devoted basketball official and baseball umpire in the surrounding area from 1970 to 1983. He deeply cherished his family and treasured his time with his friends drinking coffee at Wright’s Drive Inn. He enjoyed playing dominos, building and mowing. Ivan will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the people of Durant and Bryan County. Ivan is survived by his caring and devoted wife of over 46 years, Carolyn Kelly of the home; children, Cynthia Kelly and Brian Kelly of Durant; brother Morris Kelly and companion Betty of Durant; sister Barbara Gantt with husband Solomon of Ada; grandchildren, Caleb Spence of Durant, Chloe Spence Kendrick with husband Jordan of Kingston, and Dal Kelly of Pottsboro; mother-in-law Laverne Wells Maddox of Durant; and other relatives and friends. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Kelly; sisters, Mary D. Kelly Thompson, formerly of Red Bluff, Calif., and Lorene Frances Melton, formerly of Waco, Texas; and brother Richard “Dick” Kelly of Bakersfield, Calif.