Lynn Lorraine Kelly, age 46, entered into heaven on Saturday, May 20, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lynn was born on October 12, 1976 in Miles City, Montana to Glenn and Teri Heitz, joining an older sister Glenda. Lynn was one of the sweetest souls God ever place on this earth. Her infectious laugh and bubbly personality lit up wherever she was at. Her sparkling eyes and dimple cheeks showed she had a mischievous side. Lynn was active in 4-H from the age of nine. She enjoyed leatherwork and working with her horse Custer. When she was in the seventh grade, the family went on a great adventure and participated in the Montana Centennial Cattle Drive (Green Circle). She took great pride in being raised on Timber Creek until she was a sophomore in high school. She graduated May 20,1995 and married the love of her life Jason Kelly on July 29, 1995.
Lynn went to college in Brookings, South Dakota and continued her education at Dickinson State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in agronomy. Following her schooling, she worked for the forest service in Dickinson. She later worked in the Circle and Glendive NRCS offices. Her chosen profession, however, was to be a mother which she did with passion. She was actively involved in all seven of her children’s lives. Her greatest talent was being a mom.
Her first born, Neale Tuff was born on October 6, 2000. Two years later, he was followed by Nevin Lloyd on December 28, 2002, then Layton Nils was born October 25, 2004. Three rowdy boys. They finally had a little girl, Erin Jeanna on July 27, 2006. Six years later, they were blessed with Tucker Douglas born August 21, 2012. Following was another lovely girl, Kaelyn Lorraine who was born November 2, 2014, followed by the baby of the family, (like both her parents) Ainsley Barbra who was born on August 27 2016. In recent years, she took a part time job at the Vida post office, a job she loved. A cowgirl at heart Lynn loved the outdoors and livestock. Her recent endeavor was to raise chickens and a milk cow to feed her family.
Lynn was a woman of faith who believed that God had his best for all of us, including her final words after telling Jason that she loved him was, “I’m not going to die. God‘s got me.” Lynn went home with her loving husband Jason holding her hand. Lynn was extremely busy piling in as many things as she could in a small amount of space, which earned her the reputation of always being late, including to her wedding, her children always joked she would be late for her own funeral.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God Church in Circle. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
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Jeannie Rosseland says
Dear Jason and Family,
I’m so sorry for this terrible loss for you and your children. Many, many prayers for you.
Kyle & Gail Shaw says
Dear Family, We are so sorry to hear about Lynn. She was a wonderful person full of such energy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers now and for much time to come.
Mary James says
I am so sorry for the loss you and your family have suffered. You are in my thoughts.
Connie Undem says
I met Lynn many years ago when the children were young. She was such a sweet lady and so caring and loving to her children. This winter I met her at the grocery store and caught up on her children and her activities. She was a special lady who loved her family tremendously. Prayers for the Kelly Family.
Dwain and Jeniffer Jensen says
Oh my gosh! We are so sorry for your family’s loss, Jason and kids. Love to you all. She will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏼
Marni (Nelson) Neubauer says
Words are not adequate enough. I am so sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Wrapping you and your family in our prayers.
Billie J Pew says
So sorry for you and your family’s loss. Prayers and strength for you and your family
Myron and Pauline Gackle says
Our deepest condolences to you and your lovely family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sorrow. May the presence of God’s spirit of comfort be on you and your family.
Jim and Anita Heide says
Jason and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. She was a sweet and kind woman and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Angela Metzenberg says
Dearest Heitz and Kelly family, so sorry for the huge loss. Lynn was a sweetheart and will be greatly missed. Many thoughts and prayers.
Scott Vandall and family says
Sorry to hear this news brother. Thoughts and prayers
Heidi & Larry See says
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Becca Yarger says
I’m so very sorry for your loss…may you always hold your memories. You are in my prayers…
Becky Johnson Fuhs says
Jason and family- I am So Sorry to hear of your loss! Lynn was such a nice lady and so kind. I Pray for Strength for all of you and that God will watch over and Protect you during this very difficult time. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Eric Sikveland says
Jason and family- I am so sorry to hear of your loss!! My thoughts are with you
Carissa (Gossen) Bujarski says
Jason and family, so sorry for your loss. Many thoughts and prayers for you all.
Cheri (Fritz) Weidner says
Jason and family,
I am so very sad to hear of your loss. Lynn was such a super sweet person and had such a strong caring personality. My your memories comfort you in the sad times ahead. She is at peace and free from pain. God bless you all.
Derek Gackle says
I am so sorry Jason. May you find peace and strength in all those holding you physically and mentally in their thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Aakre Ruddy says
Prayers for the family as well as for your loss. I will keep Lynn and the rest of your family in all in my prayers.
Kyle Voss says
Jason, I am very sorry to hear of your loss of Lynn. She was a wonderful and caring person. You and your family are in our prayers.
Bob and Marge moore says
Jason and family. Terry and Glen words cannot take the pain away of losing someone we love. So very sorry for your loss.
Cody Taylor says
Jake, Such terrible news! Lynn was such a beautiful quiet soul. I pray for you and your children! May God be closer then ever to you and your kids!
Jeanne Loberg says
Jason we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your children in our prayers
Mary Kasten Grube says
I’m so sorry for the loss of Lynn. May the Heitz and Kelly families find peace in Christ through this difficult time. I cannot imagine the heartache you are enduring right now.
Karen Taylor says
Dear Jason and family and the Heitz family. Sending lots of hugs, thoughts and prayers so very sorry for your loss.
Ralph and Sally says
Jason and all of Lynn’s family, our deepest sympathy is with each and every one of you. Treasure your memories.
Peggy Ames Nerud says
Jason, Terri, Glen and family,
We are so very sorry to hear about Lynn. She was always so friendly and nice. She had such a gentleness and peacefulness about her.
Please know we are keeping you all in our hearts and thoughts.
Peggy and Chuck
Michele Mickolio says
Oh my heart breaks for you Jason, kids and Glenn and Terri (sorry spelling?) I wish you deep peace of the gentle breeze. She is everywhere, hold tight to your presious memories. I spent many weekends with Lynn and Glenda when I was a kid and when we attended Brockway school together. I just cannt believe they are gone. You are all in my prayers! PEACE BE WITH YOU. MAY JESUS WRAP YOU TIGHT. TAKE CARE.
Darci Wagner says
Glen and Terri,
Hold fast to your memories. Lynn was always on a pedestal in my mind even though she didn’t know it. What a great lady! Your legacy lives on in the lives she touched. I can’t imagine your anguish. May God grant you comfort and peace.
Darci Wagner says
Jason and every child of Lynn’s: May God’s grace bring you peace and comfort. With such a loving Mom, you have many memories to hold throughout your life. I always loved that big, broad smile of Lynn’s. I couldn’t help but smile back at her. Her energy and cheerfulness were absolutely contagious. May you find comfort in her memories.
Beverley McLean McNurlin says
Glen, Teri and fami!y….so sorry for your loss.
Teena Bollinger says
Jason and family, Glen and Teri,
Our vey deepest sympathy on your loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all!
Diana & Floyd Yarger says
Jason & kiddos, Barb, Glen & Teri. Our hearts break for you.💔 Visited with Lynn a couple of weeks ago. She was excited because she had a good report. Lynn was always so positive, she loved all of her family so much. A Super Mom, Wife, & Daughter. May God hold you all tight, with love & strength. Blessing to you & Love & Prayers always. ❤🙏
Tara Vannoy says
Jason and family, Lynn was such a spark of joy! I know she left that joy in my heart by reminding me to look to Christ. I hope that joy and hope she had gives you peace and hope in this time of loss. We will miss her dearly. We are praying for you. Hugs and love.
Jackie Boysun says
Jason and family my heartfelt condolences to the loss of Lynn. She was always a smile and she will be greatly missed. She is in the presence of her Lord and may you find peace in that and your memories.
Kathy Aakre-Ruddy says
Jason and family – I am so very sorry for your loss. Lynn was so young and taken so soon. I know that Lynn’s life and her purpose was meant to be stronger than her life and I am sure that your children know how much their Mom loved them and you and will continue to pray for protection. GOD Bless you all.
The Langemo's says
Glenn and Teri
So sorry to hear about Lynn. We remember your cute little girls, Glenda and Lynn following you two around at auctions and rodeos.
Samantha Granat says
So very sorry for your loss. Lynn was a sweet person. Peace be with you all.
Many teenager’s behavior can make me cringe. I always noticed genuine kindness and respect between her and her older children and it was really neat. Lynn was an amazing guide for her children.
Marissa Langemo says
“Mr. Kelly” and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. That stupid cancer seems to only pick the best, most loved people to take from us! My mother Tammie Langemo sends her condolences as well.
Chris and Diana Elwood says
Glen and Teri, We are so sorry for your loss, we can’t imagine your heart break. You are in our prayers. God be with you.
Claudia A Carlson says
Thinking if you and your family.Sorry for your loss.Prayers! Claude & Claudia, David and Kimberly Carlson
And old neighbor and forever a friend, Marilyn says
Glenn &Teri and Jason & kids, I can not even imagine the pain and loss you must be experiencing at this time. I know there is not anything that anyone can say or do to ease this, but keep her memory alive with the kids and everything they do and say. If you need ANYTHING, Jason, please let me know! I’m usually around! 💕
Lyndsay Dysinger says
God had it in His plans for Lynn and I to meet in 2015. When thinking of Lynn positive, go getter, true friend, genuine and in the moment come to mind. There was never a dull moment with Lynn and we became friends quickly back in 2015. We invited one another into each other’s homes like family and made many memories. Lynn always had time to be a friend and for a cup of tea and a chat!
Condolences to Jason and family. Teri and Glenn (I knew you as Lynn referred to you as Mom & Dad). You were all loved by your daughter, wife and mother that is for sure! Lynn was so caring a natural caretaker; it truly showed she loved her children, husband and family. It was refreshing to here her talk about Jason and there wasn’t a time being around Lynn that her and Jason didn’t check in with each other —seemed they were quite a team. My life is enriched knowing and being a friend of Lynn’s. Love you dear friend, see you in heaven. Love and prayers, Lyndsay and Family
Roscoe and Sharon says
Our prayers are with Jason and the kids,and Glen and Teri, This is all so unimaginable but Christ and all your friends will help you through this . Please be strong.friends forever.
Myron & Mary Beth Kibler says
Our loss of Glenda in January and now Lynn has hit our family and yours very hard. But we will stand strong knowing they are wrapped closely in God’s love in heaven. We know where they are and that is great comfort. We will continue in prayer for all of us still here on earth, hanging on to the promises of God, to live our lives in His will so we can receive the guidance we all need. The Love of God is for each of us and he never leaves or forsakes us. “God has this!” Lynn’s own words. Hang tightly to that! Love you all, stay close and love each other as she would want us to do. By following that one commandment, we can always have direction on the path we are to follow and the Holy Spirit will show us the answers. Lynn’s faith was strong, and she fought the good fight of faith! Family is forever and Jesus never fails!
I did not know her, but it’s obvious that Lynn was truly an amazing woman. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. I just lifted all her family up to God’s ear in a prayer.
Doug & Shelly Cahill says
Jason & Family and Glen & Teri, we are so saddened to hear of your loss of Lynn. We have many good memories of her, helping work cattle in the good old days! She was so sweet and always willing to help wherever needed! We will continue to pray for you all. RIP Lynn 💜
Delphine Coon says
Glen, Teri and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you. Hugs and prayers.
Sharon and Jack Hedstrom says
We are so very sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Its hard to belive. We will keep all of you in our prayers
Andrita Harris says
So sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Deepest condolences to her children and family. Prayers. Lynn was an awesome person that you can meet. She is with the love of her lime, with no pain.
Until we meet again.
Philippino Ted says
Marilyn Hilkemann says
Glen and Teri, and Jason and family, I am praying for you during this SO difficult time! Although it is comforting to know that she is totally healed and enjoying her Savior, you have a huge empty spot in your hearts and lives. I’m sure that Lynn would urge you to come closer to the Lord and draw strength from Him. He was acquainted with grief and is ready to be your comfort.
MELISSA FRANKLIN says
Dear Jason and Family,
I’m so sorry for this terrible loss for you and your children. Many, many prayers for you.