Martha Evelyn Kelly
Martha Evelyn Kelly, age 82, of Glendive, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive after a struggle with cancer. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor Avis Anderson officiating. Interment will be held in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Martha was born on January 15, 1932, in Malta, Montana, a daughter of Almont and Ruby Rothie. She was raised and educated in Malta graduating from Malta High School with the class of 1950. Following high school Martha attended Montana State University graduating with the class of 1954 with a teaching degree. Martha moved to Harlem, where she taught at the Harlem High School from 1954 until 1960. During her time in Harlem, Martha met the love of her life, William D. (Bill) Kelly, who was also teaching at the Harlem High School. They were united in marriage on December 23, 1964 in Glendive at Zion Lutheran Church. Martha taught in Wolf Point from 1960 until 1965 when she and Bill moved to Glendive where she continued teaching. She taught Home Economics and Physical Education until she retired from Dawson County High School in 1982. Martha was also involved in after school programs; She was the advisor for the Future Homemakers of America Club in Wolf Point. She was the first girls’ Track Cross Country coach for Dawson County High School and the Cheerleading Advisor for all the schools where she taught.
Martha loved gardening, cooking, baking, and traveling; she visited Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Luxemburg, Alaska, Hawaii, and all of the lower states with the exception of the Carolinas.
After the death of her brother, Monte, she and Bill bought the family farm in 1976 plus some additional land in1982. They have operated the farm since that time.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Monte Rothie.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Kelly of Glendive; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
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