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Linda L Rash (Kelly)

November 10, 1951 — July 8, 2023

Linda L. Kelly

 

Linda L. Kelly (Rash) went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 8, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was born to Robert L. Kelly and Dolores E. Kelly

on November 10, 1951, in Hutchinson, Kansas. She attended Winans Elementary, Sherman Jr. High and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1969.  All through school she excelled in many different sports and was proud of her collection of trophies, ribbons and plaques.  She was the state Jr. Bowling champion of Kansas in 1967. She attended Hutchinson Community College for a year then decided to move to Denver, Colorado.  After several jobs there she was hired by a Real Estate Firm that owned much of downtown Denver. She worked there from 1971-1977.  Her favorite job was working at a bowling alley part-time while working at the real estate office.  It was the “most fun job” she would say.  After a buyout of the real estate company, she went to work for United Banks Service Company.  This company provided IT reports and information to its’ 14 subsidiaries all over the State.  After about 1 year she applied at the United Banks of Colorado Corporate Offices, for an accounting position and continued to work there for twenty-five years.  When United Banks was taken over by Wells Fargo many were given the opportunity to work within the company but only if you would move to Seattle.  Not being something, she was interested in doing Linda went to work for Colonial Banks as the Assistant VP and Ops Manager.

She went out with friends one Friday night to a new “country western” dance hall in Denver and she met her future husband Roger Rash.   During this time, she was raising her daughter and her twin nieces and that always proposed a problem for finding the “right guy”.   She would go on a date and when her date came into the house to pick her up……well she usually didn’t get call backs.  Raising three girls alone was tough, but finally Roger was the one who didn’t run off and they were married four years later on July 3, 1998, in Ouray, Colorado.  They went dancing every chance they got and even took the kids so they could learn to dance too.

Later the opportunity came up for a job with C-DOT in Montrose Colorado where Roger grew up. So, they moved to Montrose in 2006 and never looked back.  Linda worked for Wells Fargo of Delta for about a year and then accepted a job working for the Montrose County Treasurer’s Office that would last for five years until she retired.

When Linda and Roger moved to Montrose, they enjoyed jeeping, hiking, golf, dancing and riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles. Dance venues were scarce so they looked for another hobby, that being motorcycles…. who knew?  They have traveled 38 states on their motorcycles and when they went to Hawaii they rented Harley’s and rode all over Oahu.  It was their passion to ride and even while fighting cancer Linda and Roger traveled on them whenever they could.  They met a whole new group of friends, some being lifetime friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dolores.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 25 years Roger D. Rash, her daughter Kate Kirk (Dustin) of Montrose, her stepdaughter Nikki Browning (Matt), stepson Justin Rash (Katrina) all of Grand Junction.

Linda is also survived by her sister Robbi Harris and brother Scott Kelly both of Hutchinson, Kansas.  She is survived by her granddaughter, Erin Anne Kelly, step grandchildren Ethan and Ashton Kirk all of Montrose, Charlotte and Lucas Browning, and Opal and Carver Rash all of Grand Junction, nieces Michelle Hansen, Rachelle LeFever and Melinda Voeller, many cousins and two aunts, and a plethora of friends, all of whom she will miss dearly.

Romans 10:12 “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

Linda L. Kelly

 

Linda L. Kelly (Rash) went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 8, 2023,

after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was born to Robert L. Kelly and Dolores E. Kelly

on November 10, 1951, in Hutchinson, Kansas. She attended Winans Elementary, Sherman Jr. High and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1969.  All through school she excelled in many different sports and was proud of her collection of trophies, ribbons and plaques.  She was the state Jr. Bowling champion of Kansas in 1967. She attended Hutchinson Community College for a year then decided to move to Denver, Colorado.  After several jobs there she was hired by a Real Estate Firm that owned much of downtown Denver. She worked there from 1971-1977.  Her favorite job was working at a bowling alley part-time while working at the real estate office.  It was the “most fun job” she would say.  After a buyout of the real estate company, she went to work for United Banks Service Company.  This company provided IT reports and information to its’ 14 subsidiaries all over the State.  After about 1 year she applied at the United Banks of Colorado Corporate Offices, for an accounting position and continued to work there for twenty-five years.  When United Banks was taken over by Wells Fargo many were given the opportunity to work within the company but only if you would move to Seattle.  Not being something, she was interested in doing Linda went to work for Colonial Banks as the Assistant VP and Ops Manager.

She went out with friends one Friday night to a new “country western” dance hall in Denver and she met her future husband Roger Rash.   During this time, she was raising her daughter and her twin nieces and that always proposed a problem for finding the “right guy”.   She would go on a date and when her date came into the house to pick her up……well she usually didn’t get call backs.  Raising three girls alone was tough, but finally Roger was the one who didn’t run off and they were married four years later on July 3, 1998, in Ouray, Colorado.  They went dancing every chance they got and even took the kids so they could learn to dance too.

Later the opportunity came up for a job with C-DOT in Montrose Colorado where Roger grew up. So, they moved to Montrose in 2006 and never looked back.  Linda worked for Wells Fargo of Delta for about a year and then accepted a job working for the Montrose County Treasurer’s Office that would last for five years until she retired.

When Linda and Roger moved to Montrose, they enjoyed jeeping, hiking, golf, dancing and riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles. Dance venues were scarce so they looked for another hobby, that being motorcycles…. who knew?  They have traveled 38 states on their motorcycles and when they went to Hawaii they rented Harley’s and rode all over Oahu.  It was their passion to ride and even while fighting cancer Linda and Roger traveled on them whenever they could.  They met a whole new group of friends, some being lifetime friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dolores.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 25 years Roger D. Rash, her daughter Kate Kirk (Dustin) of Montrose, her stepdaughter Nikki Browning (Matt), stepson Justin Rash (Katrina) all of Grand Junction.

Linda is also survived by her sister Robbi Harris and brother Scott Kelly both of Hutchinson, Kansas.  She is survived by her granddaughter, Erin Anne Kelly, step grandchildren Ethan and Ashton Kirk all of Montrose, Charlotte and Lucas Browning, and Opal and Carver Rash all of Grand Junction, nieces Michelle Hansen, Rachelle LeFever and Melinda Voeller, many cousins and two aunts, and a plethora of friends, all of whom she will miss dearly.

Romans 10:12 “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

Funeral services to honor and celebrate Linda’s life will be held on Saturday July 22, 2023, at 10:00AM, at Grace Community Church in Montrose, CO. Interment will follow at Grand View Cemetery. Crippin Funeral Home is assisting Linda’s family, 970-249-2121.

Contributions may be made in Linda’s name to the following:

San Juan Health Care Foundation

800 S. Third St

Montrose, CO  81401

www.sanjaunhf.org/donate

Crippin Funeral Home is assisting Linda’s family, 970-249-2121.

Contributions may be made in Linda’s name to the following:

San Juan Health Care Foundation

800 S. Third St

Montrose, CO  81401

www.sanjaunhf.org/donate

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