Jane H. Kelsey, 84, of East Aurora, a former model and assistant nursery school teacher, died Thursday (Sept. 2, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.
A native of East Aurora, the former Jane Hanavan attended East Aurora High School and Buffalo Seminary.
She worked in New York City as a model until after World War II.
After her marriage, she worked as an assistant nursery school teacher at St. Matthias Episcopal Church.
Her husband, Charles E., died in 1980 after 35 years of marriage.
An avid sports enthusiast, Mrs. Kelsey was a devoted Atlanta Braves fan and hardly ever missed a televised game. She also enjoyed watching football, tennis and golf.
Her children remembered her saying the most important things in her life were her three children and her cat, Guy. They used to tease her that it was not necessarily in that order.
Until four months ago, she drove her own car, a 1984 T-top Chevrolet Corvette and only recently turned in her CB radio for a portable phone.
After her husband's retirement from Fisher-Price in 1976, they moved to Hilton Head Island, S.C. She enjoyed playing golf and was involved in the Herb Society. She was active in volunteer charity work and with the newborn nursery in Hilton Head Hospital.
She is survived by two sons, Kip of Columbus, Ohio, and Kevin of Houston; a daughter, Brenda Kelsey Moore of East Aurora; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Baker United Methodist Church, Main Street at Center Street, East Aurora.