Apr 272011

Lorena Anne Puente Kelly, 83, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Flagstaff Medical Center. The funeral was held April 23 at the Sanders Branch Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The concluding service and interment followed at the family plot in Sanders.

Lorena was born on Dec. 31, 1927, near Chambers to Julia Lewis and Benito Puente.

She loved to travel far and wide. She drove from California to Maine, and from Washington to Texas.

Lorena loved to read to her grandchildren.

Education was very important to her. She received a bachelor’s degree in education, and taught elementary school for 20 years. Following her retirement and even until recently, many of her students came to visit her and thanked her for motivating them to become successful adults.

Lorena encouraged her children to work hard and to get a good education so they could have successful homes and families and good jobs.

She worked hard her whole life raising eight children. She also took others’ children into her home and helped raise them.

Lorena met Andrew Kelly at the Painted Desert, where she was working, when he stopped by to get something to eat while passing through in the Army. They were married in August 1945, and had spent 52 years together as husband and wife when he died in 1997.

Survivors include eight children, Prestine K. (Harry) James of Salt Lake City, Utah, Barbara A. Kelly of Salt Lake City, Andrew (Vanessa) Kelly Jr. of Tuba City, Vida Jean (David) Khow of Sedona, Veleda J. Kelly of Tropic, Utah, Julianne Kelly of Antrim, N.H., Preston (Sadie) Kelly of Black Mesa and Victoria K. (Reggie) Curry of Tuba City; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, George Puente, and her sister, Grace Martin.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.