Janet Elizabeth Kelly, nee McLay, "Jan", went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on August 10, 2023, at the age of 92 in Vernon, British Columbia. She was born on December 13, 1930, in Toronto, Ontario to John McLay and Janet Millar Gillespie McLay.
Jan was a cheerful, outgoing and caring individual, known for her great sense of humor and deep love for God. She was passionate about sharing her faith with others.
Jan was an alumna of Toronto Teacher's College Class of 1949 and Briercrest Bible Institute where she graduated as a teacher and then with a Christian Education degree. Jan's career as a public school, high school and college teacher and dedicated missionary spanned over 50 years. She made a significant impact on the lives of countless people throughout her ministry.
Jan found solace and community in her relationship with God and places of worship. She frequented Lakewood Alliance Church in Prince George, BC, and Grace Bible Church in Vernon, BC, where she nurtured her spiritual growth.
Jan will be dearly missed by her surviving family members, including her daughters and sons-in-law Janet and Tim Pearson, Aileen Kelly and Brian Lewis, and Jaclyn and Don Riemer. Jan also had a special mother/daughter relationship with Annie and Larry Gallicano and their family.
Jan was a beloved grandmother to Sage, Ken, Jeni, Bruce, Josh, Kirsty, Elisha, Phil, Aaron, Barb, Ryan, Cody, Anna, Donovan, Tiffany, Brent, River, Kate, Codi, and Elliott. Jan was also blessed with a multitude of great-grandchildren: Reed, Caleb, Solomon, Hope, Rhys, Quynlan, Braden, Vienna, Antonija, Rushton, Saorsa, Eilidh, Gracie, Lennon, Lachlan, Fraser, Lucy, Tory, Owen, Anthony, Tobias, Darius, Haven, Jesse, Jamie, Theo and great-great-grandchildren Juniper, Hazel, Boaz, Emery, Maeva, and Kaliah.
Jan was preceded in her heavenly journey by her husband, Dr. Daniel Paul Kelly, her daughter Miriam Kelly, son Daniel Kelly, and grandsons Toby Gallant and Dirk Kelly.
A ceremony to celebrate Jan's life will be held at Lakewood Alliance Church in Prince George, BC, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 2:00 pm., to which everyone is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to TribalTrails.org - First Nations TV with a Message of Hope - in Jan's memory. Your generosity will help continue the mission she loved.
Jan's bright spirit and love for others will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed but we rejoice with her as she continues to live on with Jesus.
The family would like to extend profound thanks to Dr. Nici Dreyer, Canterbury Court, Interior Health nurses and caregivers, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon Hospice House and Vernon Handy Dart for all the incredible kindness and support Jan and her family received. Bless you all.