MAYVILLE - Jean Kelsey, 83, of North Erie Street, Mayville, died Tuesday (June 11, 2013) in her home surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Howard L. and Freda Larson Graham.
Jean had been the Senior Insurance Clerk for Chautauqua County Department of Social Services in Mayville until her retirement Aug. 17, 1995.
She was a member of the Mayville United Methodist Church where she was a church trustee. She was also a member of the Mayville Senior Citizens, Town of Chautauqua Loan Closet, Chautauqua Township Historical Society and a life member of the Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post VFW in Mayville. She had also been a volunteer grandmother at the former Mayville Central School and then at Chautauqua Lake Central School.
Jean enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling, sewing, reading and making and collecting Raggedy Anns and Raggedy Andys. Along with her husband, she was very instrumental with the Fourth of July parade in Mayville. She was a parade favorite for over 25 years, handing out candy as Raggedy Ann.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane K. (Mark) Peterson of Fredericksburg, Va., and Robin L. (Daniel) Traub of Raleigh, N.C.; one son, Charles L. (Yvonne) Kelsey of Mayville; seven grandchildren, Deborah Hendrix of El Paso, Texas, Rebecca Traub of Raleigh, N.C., Daniel Traub of Hubert, N.C., Raechel Waid of Jamestown, Thomas Peterson of Dunnellon, Fla., Miranda Robinson of Dunkirk, N.Y., and Andrea Cole of Moore, Okla.; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Howard L. Graham of Saxonburg, Pa., and Henry C. Graham of Xenia, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. "Butt" Kelsey, whom she married Jan. 12, 1952, in Mayville and who died June 22, 1990; one grandson, Jason Kelsey in 1980; two sisters, Eleanor (Sally) Ernst and Nancy Ross; and her stepfather, Guion Barbour.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15 in the Mayville United Methodist Church. Rev. Mark Parsons officiated. Burial was in the Mayville Cemetery. The family received friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 14 in the Freay Funeral Home, Mayville.
Memorials may be made to the Mayville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 81 S. Erie St., Mayville, N.Y. 14757 or the Mayville Fire Department Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2, Mayville.
Light a candle and leave a remembrance by going to www.freayfuneralhome.com.