Kelly, Catherine Jane (nee Killey) (1852-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W. Waddell

Mrs. Catherine J. Kelly, of Everton Road Church, Liverpool, passed to the Homeland on June 29th, 1915, in her sixty-fourth year. She was born in Peel, Isle of Man, and was associated with Christian St. Chapel till the family, owing to bank failure, removed to Liverpool to start life afresh.

Here she faced the new tasks bravely, and the family joined Everton Road, where she made firm friends and was held in high esteem. Her wise and hopeful spirit carried her over many difficulties, and though suffering from heart-weakness for over two years, she was a regular worshipper. She was deeply interested in the P.M.A. Sisterhood and the Ladies’ Missionary Auxiliary, being strong in her attachments, unselfish in her labours, loyal to our Church, and generous according to her ability. 

She was affectionately nursed by two of her daughters, but though suffering much, was most patient and yet anxious to be at rest. A large number attended the service held in Everton Road, conducted by the writer, who officiated at the graveside in Anfield Cemetery, where the body lies awaiting the resurrection morn.


Catherine was born abt1852 at Peel, Isle of Man, to parents William, a joiner and Margaret.

She married William Kelly (b abt1851), an ironmonger (1901) and an insurance agent (1911), on 28 November 1871 at St James, Toxteth, Liverpool. Census returns identify seven of ten children.

  • John William (1874-1960) – an ironmonger (1911)
  • Margaret (b abt1877)
  • Florence Kate (1879-1889)
  • Helena Lewin (b1881) – a milliner (1901)
  • Frank (1883-1960) – a baker (1911)
  • Edith May (b1885)
  • Arthur (1888-1961) –  grocer’s assistant (1911); a commercial traveller provision merchant (1921)

Catherine died on 29 June 1915 at Liverpool, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/748

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