Iris Kelly


Iris Elaine Kelly was born on November 30, 1950, to James McIntyre and Mary Jean White in Knoxville, TN. She was the oldest of five children. Preceded her in death were Husband Charles Kelly Jr, Mother Mary Jean White, Father James McIntyre, and sister Janice McIntyre.

Iris was born in Knoxville, but the family moved to Dayton, Ohio while she was still a child. Eventually, they settled in Cleveland where she met the love of her life Charles Kelly Jr. Soon the couple got married in 1968 and started to make a family of their own. Charles was in the army, so they lived in North Carolina and Oklahoma over the years.

Iris worked at Cleveland Clinic where she retired twice. Aside from being a hard worker, she was a caring, loving, wife and mother to her six children. Iris loved to watch her soap operas and would talk about them to anyone who listen. Iris loved to talk period. She could go on and on about anything, but her favorite topic would be her family. She was so proud of her husband, kids, and offspring, that she could talk about them for days. Iris enjoyed going to the casino, crossword puzzles, and trying her luck with scratch-offs from time to time. Her favorite restaurant was Red Lobster, and she loved their seafood platter.

Iris’ favorite saying was “DON’T DO THAT!” and that meant stop acting up.

Iris always had a smile for everyone. Throughout everything, she has always loved the Lord. You could call her every Saturday morning and she was listening to her church music and read Bible scriptures.

Iris leaves to cherish her memory six children, Charles Kelly III, Tyris Woodruff (Moses), Michael Kelly Sr, Elijah Kelly, Anthony Kelly, and Ceon Kelly Sr; three siblings, James McIntyre Jr (Gina), Sharon Hughes, and Charles James; eight grandchildren, Malik and Jacqueline Woodruff, Jocelyn Coon, Michael Jr, Iris, Aaliyah, Skye, and Ceon Kelly Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Beau and Sai’el Woodruff; and a host of nieces, nephews, and relatives

Visitation 4:00pm and Funeral 5:00pm Saturday, August 20, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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