Thursday, January 31, 2008

My Aunt Anna passed away on Friday and her funereal is today. I have so many emotions and I am so sad that we are not there. This is the one thing I hate about living here, not being with my family.

I wanted to remember my aunt and the wonderful lady she was. Here are some memories I have of her....

* I was asked to to serve the guests food at her wedding reception in Farview. I thought that was so neat because I got to keep the apron. Her colors were brown and blue, and the apron was brown.

* She was sealed in the temple by Elder L. Tom Perry who is a father-in-law to her sister. Her younger brother who is a year older than me, was named after him.

* When Kristina was blessed in Sandy, Elder L. Tom Perry was there and went to there house after church for dinner. We played in the basement because it was not finished yet.

* She would have the girls sing primary songs and tape them for my Grandma and Grandpa Kellett. Grandma and Grandpa would have us listen to it when we would go to their house.

* She bought me a dish drainer and dish towels for my bridal shower.

* At any family gathering she would make sure she came to talk to everyone and she remembered our spouses names and what they were doing. She would always ask how we were.

* 4th of July was the last time I saw her. The family came to the house to see the new kitchen. She looked frail and tired. Later, at the fireworks, I was sitting by myself with the kids and she was the only one who came over to talked me.

I have such sweet memories of her kindness and how I felt every time I talked to her. She will be missed at every Kellett family gathering!

Anna Marie Bench Kellett 1958 ~ 2008 Our beloved wife and mother, Anna Marie Bench Kellett passed away Friday January 25, 2008 at her home in Sandy, Utah. She was surrounded by the constant love and care of her family during her eleven month battle with brain cancer.Anna Marie was born December 31, 1958 in Fairview, Utah the daughter of Ada Ruesch and Robert Kirby Bench. She graduated from North Sanpete high school and participated in cheerleading and drill team. She attended Snow College and Utah State University where she received a bachelor's degree in home economics and returned to teach at North Sanpete high school. She married Bart Jensen Kellett on November 11, 1983 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have four beautiful daughters, Kristina, Tamara, Melissa, and Kara. Anna Marie was a wonderful wife and devoted mother to her family. She always put others before herself. She loved being in her home and was a wonderful homemaker, seamstress, and cook. She enjoyed playing the piano, going to the family cabin, four-wheeling, hiking, and spending time with family. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the stake and ward throughout her life. She was valiant in her testimony. She is survived by her husband, Bart and daughters, Kristina, Tamara, Melissa, and Kara; mother, Ada Ruesch Bench; sisters, Jeanette Squires, and Carolyn Perry; brothers, Robert, Kenneth, and Tom Bench. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Rose Marie Bench and her father, Robert Kirby Bench. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Crescent Park Stake Center (11350 South 1000 East). A viewing will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Crescent Park Stake Center (11350 South 1000 East). Interment will be at the Fairview, Utah City Cemetery. Online condolences at Thanks to the ward, stake, neighbors, friends, and family members for the many acts of service. We love you Anna Marie and will miss you.


Yolanda said...

I am so sorry...Know that I love ya, and I'll be thinking of you and your family...

Julie said...

Oh, Kim, I am so sorry. What wonderful memories you have of her. (hugs) Julie

Amber said...

Kim, our hearts go out to you in this sad time. The memories you have sound so fun, I hope they're comforting you where we can't. You're in our hearts and prays. We love you.

Keely Kellett said...

The funeral was so spiritual. I saw your parents and they really missed you. I can't wait to meet you I feel like I already know you! Elder Tom Perry spoke at her funeral, and you could feel her love for her girls. I wish I could have known her better, but you are totally right about her always knowing peoples names. She would always come up to me and ask how our family was doing. And she knew both of my kids names. Which in a family as big as ours is quite the feat. I hope you are doing ok, and that everything is going well for you.

Alisa said...

kim- I am thinking of you..
It's times like this that you just want to pack up and move back, huh?
I am sorry that you were not able to be there. She sounded wonderful, a good example to follow.
love you...

melissa c said...

I found your blog through Yolanda. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. Cancer is a difficult struggle for sure.

Today is the anniversary of my moms struggle with breast cancer. It has been 13 years.

Thank heavens we'll get to be with them again.